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Up until now, most of the Georgia Tech recruits we have profiled have been either defensive backs, or position players on the offensive side of the ball. But we love guys who play in the trenches, and we especially love 3-star offensive tackle, Jake Stickler.
Stickler, out of Bradenton, Fl. (Manatee), committed to the Yellow Jackets back in July after receiving offers from Tech, Baylor, Missouri and USF, as well as others. The 6’5, 280 lb tackle brings size as well as some nice agility to his game.
Unranked by rivals.com, and ranked 59th at his position by ESPN, scouts loved Stickler’s footwork and long reach, as well as his ability to slide down the line and stay on blocks. Stickler already has experience at pulling from the tackle position, as well as at guard, and is able to work his way through double-teams. That sounds like a tackle tailor-made for the option offense.
Stickler has already received high praises for his work in pass protection, and while that isn’t a primary concern for Paul Johnson‘s offensive linemen, it’s still important to have tackles who can keep your quarterback from picking sod out of his facemask.
With several offensive linemen graduating and leaving the program on the Flats this year, having a prospect like Stickler coming in who can contribute (even if only in reserve depth) right away is huge for the Yellow Jackets, and for whoever the new starting quarterback may be.