Kickoff on August 29th is now just 10 days away and to make up for our missed countdown to kickoff post yesterday, we make up for it with a 2-for-1 special in today’s countdown post.
No.11: A Pair of Transfers
DE Antonneous Clayton and WR Marquez Ezzard both decided to pick Georgia Tech as their transfer destination this past offseason. This was huge news for the Jackets and if the NCAA grants them immediately eligibility, both will surely play this season. Ezzard and Clayton were both highly recruited recruits out of high school. They are also native to Georgia and that weighed in their decision to come back home to Georgia Tech.
In 2016, Clayton was rated as a five-Star recruit from Vienna, GA, fifth in the state and second position, according to Rivals recruiting database. He had offers from a multitude of universities and institutions, including Georgia Tech, but ultimately decided to commit to the University of Florida. His decision to transfer to Tech makes him the first 5-star recruit on The Flats since Calvin Johnson.
Ezzard, was also a highly recruited prospect out of Stockbridge, GA. He was rated as a 4-star recruit, 31st in state, and 44th in position also according to the Rivals recruiting database. He, as well, had multiple offers from many schools but decided to commit to the University of Miami (FL). Ezzard’s transfer makes him the only 4-star WR on Tech’s 2019 roster.
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Of course, each player brings a certain spice to their positions and to the team itself. Clayton brings experience to an inexperienced defensive line. With the tragic passing of Brandon Adams, the Yellow Jackets do not return a starter on the defensive line for the 2019 season. Ezzard adds talented depth to a young receiving corp. With Senior WR Jalen Camp leading the way, Ezzard also looks to make his impact in this year’s new offensive scheme.
No.10: WR Ahmarean Brown
There have not been many players that we have discussed this offseason more than true freshman wide receiver Ahmarean Brown. The Florida native is a true potential game-changer that possess the tremendous speed that can blow the top of any opposing defense.
Brown, a three-star recruit out of high school, committed to the Yellow Jackets over the Iowa State Hawkeyes late in last year’s recruiting cycle before enrolling on The Flats in January. During the spring, he played well in spring practices and looked good in the Jackets spring game, scoring a touchdown.
Overall, Brown is a wide receiver who has a chance to develop into a big-time playmaker for the Yellow Jackets and somebody who can turn into a reliable pass catcher for the Jackets in the future. He’ll be one of the more exciting players to watch in 2019 and beyond as he develops his game on The Flats.