Over the last two days, the Georgia Tech football program saw two of their top linebackers prospects commit elsewhere but with those commitments, the Jackets now seem more likely to land another linebacker.
On Monday night, one of Georgia Tech’s top linebacker prospects Romello Heights committed to the Miami Hurricanes. While the commitment wasn’t shocking, Heights at one point seemed destined for The Flats but visits to Miami turned the tide in his recruitment and helped the Dublin, Georgia native make his decision.
On Tuesday, the Jackets took another hit at linebacker for the 2020 recruiting class when four-star linebacker Wesley Steiner committed to the Auburn Tigers over the Yellow Jackets. The Jackets appeared to be in this recruitment right up until the end which should be a consolation of some sorts for the coaching staff but obviously it still hurts to miss out on a top-100 player nationally.
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While the Heights and Steiner commitments to Miami and Auburn will sting a bit for Georgia Tech, their commitments most likely will help them in the recruitment of another linebacker, that of Munford, Alabama native Rodney Groce Jr.
Groce Jr., a three-star recruit is considered a top-550 player nationally and has a 247Sports composite rating of .8738. Groce right now is considered an Auburn lead by 247Sports’s crystal ball, though with Steiner’s latest commitment to Auburn, that may change. The Tigers now hold three linebacker commitments in their 2020 class, making room possibly tight for Groce to join the Tigers class.
Groce does hold 25 other reported scholarship offers outside of Auburn and Georgia Tech including offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He’s certainly a well wanted prospect and would be a huge get for the Yellow Jackets, if he chose to eventually commit to the program.
Currently, Groce doesn’t have a commitment day set nor a public timeline. That being said, the Jackets are most definitely in a strong spot with Groce following their two misses on the recruiting trail this weekend at linebacker. The Jackets in the 2019 recruiting class currently hold two linebacker commits from Georgia OLB Tyson Meiquez and Virginia OLB Jared Behrens.