Georgia Tech Football: Updates from the recruiting trail

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cheer for their team during their game against the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cheer for their team during their game against the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /
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The recruiting dead period is over meaning college football recruiting is about to pick back up but first lets check in on where Georgia Tech football stands on the recruiting trail.

With the most recent dead period officially over, college football coaches can once again officially have face-to-face contact with prospects. This weekend across the nation is huge for every single program as they hold camps, cookouts, and more looking to woo recruits.

It’s been a while since we last updated our readers on Georgia Tech football’s recruiting class(es) so here is where the Yellow Jacket sit entering the last week of July.

Commitments:

The Yellow Jackets 2020 recruiting class as of Saturday evening holds 19 commitments and is considered a top-25 recruiting class currently by both Rivals and 247Sports, the two major recruiting services. The Jackets headliner so far in the class is Jacksonville, Florida cornerback Miles Brook, a consensus four-star propsect out of Trinity Christian Academy. It’s a strong recruiting class from top-to-bottom for the Jackets and is on pace to be the Jackets best recruiting class since their 2007 class.

The Jackets will most likely look to add a handful more recruits to the 2020 recruiting class as the class will probably end up around 25 commitments by our calculations (could very well be off).

Notable Prospects

OL Paula Talimoni Vaipulu:

Thank God, I had the tweet below to remember how to spell his name right but the Texas offensive lineman released his top six schools on Saturday afternoon and the Yellow Jackets have made the cut for the three-star center. Rivals has Georgia Tech as the leaders for the Texas native. The Jackets did already have him on campus for an official visit last month, so any future visits would have to be unofficial.

WR Bryce Gowdy:

This isn’t anything new but four-star wide receiver Bryce Gowdy is scheduled to make a commitment on July 30th. Gowdy is considering several schools but it seems like the consensus is, is that Georgia Tech and Syracuse are the two schools that have the best chance to land Gowdy. At this point, we would expect the Yellow Jackets to land the Florida native and add another big time recruit to the 2020 recruiting class.

LB Rodney Groce Jr:

Groce Jr is still uncommitted entering the final weekend of July and the Yellow Jackets still seem to be in it for the Alabama native. They will however have to hold off Auburn who will definetely want to keep the talented linebacker at home.

New Offers:

The Jackets hosted recruits on campus at the end of this week and weekend with the dead period officially over. The Jackets in the process handed out a few offers in the process.

RB Kaleb Robinson:

The class of 2022 running back was on The Flats this weekend and returned home to Valdosta with an offer from the Yellow Jackets. It’s not his first offer as he’s already received offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, and NC State. Robinson figures to be one of the top prospects not just in the Peach State in the class of 2020 but nationally as well. The earlier the Yellow Jackets got in on his recruitment, the better.

WR Malik Rutherford:

A class of 2021 wide out, Rutherford received an offer from the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon, his 11th scholarship offer. So far his offers are a mixture of Group of 5 programs and Power 5 programs. Other notable programs to offer the Florida native include Indiana and Syracuse.

https://twitter.com/MalikRutherford/status/1154956868965584896

OL Ryan Spiers:

The unranked class of 2020 offensive lineman received an offer this weekend after talking to Jackets offensive line coach and key recruiter Brent Key. So far it appears most of Spiers offers have come from FCS programs or Group of 5 programs, making the Jackets the first Power 5 program to offer the Biloxi, Mississippi native.

Going Forward:

Right now, Georgia Tech is in a good spot with their 2020 recruiting class. With not that many spots left to fill, they make look to take it on the slower side for the remainder of the 2020 cycle but if the right player wants to commit, they will certainly take it. The 2021 and 2022 classes have yet to take shape but the coaching staff has made it clear that they will look to be aggressive and will look for a jump start on both classes.