Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: Jackets Extend Offer to Pair of Recruits

Oct 15, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech football staff extended offers to two players on Thursday in defensive tackle Lamarius Benson and offensive tackle Ernest Jones IV.

In what has been a busy end of the week for Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson and staff extended their 37th and 38th offers in the 2018 class.

DT Lamarius Benson – Covington, GA (Eastside)

A three-star defensive tackle, Benson received his fifth scholarship offer on Thursday when the Yellow Jackets offered.

The Yellow Jackets join the Maryland Terrapins as the only Power five offers for the rising Eastside senior. His other three offers are from Georgia State, Troy, and UCF.

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Defensive tackle is one position that Paul Johnson and staff are already targeting heavily in the 2018 class. While 2017  signee Boe Tufele was recruited by many schools as a defensive tackle, he will be transitioning to the offensive line for the Yellow Jackets.

So far, the Yellow Jackets have six scholarship offers to defensive tackle prospects. Notable names on the list are Taron Vincent, TK Chimdeza, and Ka’darian Hill.

Vincent is consensus top ten recruit while Chimdeza and Hill are two prospects that the Yellow Jackets have already showed strong interest in. It is worth noting that Benson could also play on the offensive line at the next level.

LB Ernest Jones IV – Waycross, GA (Ware County)

An attendee of Georgia Tech’s junior day at the end of last month, Jones finally earned his offer on Thursday.

Tech is now Jones’s fourth scholarship offer and his first from a power five program. His other offers are from Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Western Kentucky.

Jones becomes the third linebacker to be offered in the 2018 recruiting class by Georgia Tech. Three-star Eriq Gilyard from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida and Marietta, Georgia native Azeez Ojulari are the only other linebackers to receive offers so far.

With most of the linebacker unit for the Yellow Jacket entering their junior seasons in 2017, restocking will be pivotal to future defensive success. While they made great progress in doing so with the 2017 class with Bruce Jordan-Swilling, Jaquan Henderson, Kaleb Oliver, and TD Roof.