Today’s Georgia Tech football 2018 player recaps are #14 WR Mark Rew and defensive back Jaylon King
The walk-on running back out of Columbia, South Carolina hasn’t seen time on the field in either of his first two seasons on The Flats but has been an important part of the Jackets scout team the past two seasons. Originally a quarterback at Ben Lippen High School in South Carolina, Rew made the move to running back on The Flats before making a move to wide receiver.
Going forward, Rew most likely will remain a scout team member but could see a position change. Could Rew make a move back to quarterback? Will he stay at wide receiver? Or does the Georgia Tech coaching staff have something else up their sleeves? No matter which direction it goes, Rew could see playing time in 2019 on special teams but even if he doesn’t he still has a big role on the team with being on scout team. As we mentioned before, it’s a highly underappreciated job to have but is also highly important to the success of the team.
The former four-star recruit out of Ensworth High School in Nashville saw some playing time as a true freshman in 2018 for Georgia Tech. King appeared in three-games for the Yellow Jackets, playing against Alcorn State, USF, and Bowling Green. By playing in just three games, King was able to keep his redshirt and will be a redshirt freshman in 2019.
In those three games, King recorded tackles in just one of them, that game being against Bowling Green, where he recorded two tackles.
Going forward into 2019 and beyond, King is certainly going to be in the conversation in the Jackets secondary. While he didn’t break into the rotation this season, he’ll have a great opportunity to make his mark in 2019. King has the skill set to be a tremendous corner in the future for the Yellow Jackets with the ceiling of a shutdown corner.
Head coach Geoff Collins works with defensive backs personally and has coached his fair share of good-to-great cornerbacks and King could be the next one that Collins helps to get to the NFL. Collins’s most recent work was helping cornerback Rock Ya-Sin turn into a NFL caliber cornerback who will most likely be a second or third round draft pick in April NFL draft. King will certainly be a name to watch and a name that I am personally very high on entering next season.