Yellow Jackets coaches and fans got a bit of good news on Tuesday as a highly rated high school linebacker committed to Tech.
The No. 13 commitment of the 2018 Georgia Tech football recruiting class, Kentucky linebacker Justice Dingle announced via Twitter late Tuesday afternoon that he will play his college football in Atlanta.
“I have finally made one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Dingle announced on social media. “.. I’m blessed to say I will be furthering my academic and football career at Georgia Tech.”
Dingle, listed at 6’2″ and 235 lbs plays for Bowling Green High School and is listed by Rivals.com as a 4-star prospect. He is a composite three-star prospect however according to 247Sports’s composite rankings. That being said, Dingle is a consensus top-20 inside linebacker in the country.
Dingle’s verbal commitment came after being recruited by Tech coach Andy McCollum, choosing the Jackets over Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Middle Tennesse, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Tennesse, and Virginia. His commitment adds to an impressive haul from McCollum on the recruiting trail over the recent months.
Entering his senior season, Dingle was named to the Butkus Award Preseason National High School Watch List last month, making him the only player from Kentucky listed.
Overall, Dingle is a solid pick up for Paul Johnson’s 2018 class and should fit well in Ted Roof’s scheme. His commitment also adds to an already impressive 2018 recruiting class defensively for the Jackets, as their top four commitments are all on the defensive side of the ball.
With his commitment, the Jackets now have a top-50 recruiting class in the country and the 11th best-recruiting class in the ACC. The commitment starts off the August dead period with a bang and could set the tone for the remainder of the month as cornerback Juanyeh Thomas could be making a decision sometime this month and is considered a heavy Tech lean.