National Signing Day 2014: Five Georgia Tech Recruits Who Could Start in 2014

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The 2014 Georgia Tech football recruiting season will come to an end on National Signing Day. Some of the recruits have already signed a Letter of Intent, while the others will (hopefully) sign on Feb. 5th. Right now Tech has 18 committed recruits, with four of them already signed and enrolled.

With the loss of several key players, such as Robert Godhigh, David Sims, Jemea Thomas and Jeremiah Attaochu, head coach Paul Johnson will now have to evaluate the new recruits, and see if any of them can step into a starting position that has been left open by graduation or draft declaration.

It’s a fine line to walk, trying to decide if a player is ready both physically and mentally to endure the challenges of an FBS football program, or if a redshirt season would be best to give time for adjustment and learning. Some players come out of high school seemingly ready to go, but after a short time it’s apparent they would have benefited from a year of observation and polish.

Here are five players who might slide into a starting role–or at least some significant playing time–and show the Georgia Tech faithful why they were chosen to come play football here on the Flats.