In today’s “Meet the Freshman” spotlight, we take a look at Georgia Tech linebacker Justice Dingle.
In last year’s recruiting cycle, the Georgia Tech coaching staff looked to add to their linebacking core and for players that can compliment inside linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling. The Jackets coaching staff found just that in linebacker Justice Dingle out of Kentucky.
Ranked as a composite three-star linebacker by 247Sports composite rankings, Dingle was ranked as the 25th best inside linebacker in last year’s recruiting cycle. The Bowling Green native was one of the top recruits in his region and it was seen by many of the schools around him offering the inside linebacker. Overall,
For most of Dingle’s recruitment, it seemed as Georgia Tech had a pretty strong advantage over other programs. When he announced his commitment to the Jackets on August 1st last summer, it was no surprise that the Yellow Jackets were the choice. Once Dingle committed to the Jackets there was no wavering, he was going to be a Yellow Jacket.
What to Expect in 2018 and beyond:
Prior to the NCAA’s newest ruling regarding how many games a player can play before their redshirt is no longer available, the chances of Dingle seeing playing time was low. However, the ruling now has given the athletic inside linebacker to make an impact early this season.
With great speed for a linebacker, Dingle has the chance to be an extremely versatile linebacker for the Jackets both in 2018 and beyond. With tremendous athleticism, Dingle should be able to be a “do it all” type linebacker for the Jackets. If they need him to pass rush, he has the capabilities to get to the quarterback, if they need him to drop into coverage, he should be able to hold his own and if they need him to stay at home in the middle of the field, he’s more than capable.
While Dingle’s playing time this season will be dependent on his development as well as the development and health of those in front of him, Dingle could carve himself into a quality linebacker this upcoming season. He’ll have his struggles as he grows as a player but Dingle has all the tools and the skillset to be a starting linebacker for the Jackets starting in 2019.