Other Potential Options:
The 18th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, the Jackets have shown some interest in Gipson but have yet to offer the Texas native. Currently, only Howard and Memphis have offered Gipson but other programs such as Arizona and Baylor have also shown interest in the dual threat quarterback. I wouldn’t be shocking if he earned an offer in the near future.
He’s not as fast as the other three options but still runs a quality 4.62 forty-yard dash according to his HUDL profile. His highlight tapes show that despite not having the blazing speed of other dual threat quarterbacks, he is able to get it done on the ground is also a capable passer.
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Georgia Tech has a pretty good pipeline with Tennessee and in particular the Nashville area. Shepard could be the next Yellow Jacket to hail from the Music City. A three-star quarterback, Shepard currently holds just one FBS offer but will most likely see a rise in his recruitment over the next several months. Shepard wouldn’t be a first option for the Yellow Jackets but could be a quarterback who if late in the cycle is uncommitted, they could end up trying to land.
Shepard doesn’t have great speed but has quality speed clocking in just under a 4.7 forty-yard dash according to his HUDL profile. On the ground, Shepard appears to have quality field vision and has the ability to get through holes. He won’t always be a threat to take it to the house but if he can get to the second level he has a shot. As a passer, Shepard is average at best, his arm strength is on the lower end but that could improve over time.
The only Georgia native of the six quarterbacks on the list, Yates is a three-star prospect and a top-100 player in the state of Georgia. Currently, Yates holds nine offers but has yet to gain an offer from a power five program. In-state programs Georgia Southern and Georgia State have offered the 6-foot-1, 186-pound quarterback, while the always lurking Florida Atlantic Owls have also offered the Georgia native.
Athletically Yates is a quality option for the Yellow Jackets if they choose to go his route. He runs a 4.61 forty-yard dash and has shown the ability to make strong decisions when reading defenses on options when watching his highlights. He has the ability to make defenders miss and has the quick feet allowing him to hit holes that appear for mere second. Yates as a passer appears to have good anticipation skills and is solid at reading defenses. He’s able to put a good touch on the ball and is fairly accurate.
With 10 months to go till the early signing period and just under a year till National Signing Day, there will be plenty of quarterbacks the Jackets keep an eye on over the course of the 2019 recruiting cycle. The six quarterbacks highlighted today are just three mere options, three that have been offered and three that have yet to receive any offers from the Jackets. There will be more quarterbacks to keep an eye on going forward but for now, these are six quarterbacks that Tech fans should keep an eye on in the immediate and long term.