In aims of beefing up their offensive line for the 2020 season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Monday landed graduate transfer Ryan Johnson.
In his first year as Georgia Tech’s head coach, Geoff Collins was active in the transfer portal. It appears that in year two, Collins will once again be searching for players to come to The Flats to continue their college careers.
On Monday evening, the Jackets landed graduate transfer and offensive guard Ryan Johnson. Johnson will transfer into the Georgia Tech program after spending the first four years of his career on Rocky Top at Tennessee. Johnson will have one-year to play at Georgia Tech after graduating from the University of Tennessee.
Coming out of high school, Johnson was a four-star prospect in the class of 2016 out of Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was a heavily recruited prospect and received offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Oklahoma before committing and signing with Tennessee.
Johnson was a huge part of Tennessee’s offensive line over his career and and at one point started 16 straight games for the Volunteers before deciding to leave the program earlier this month. With 36 games of experience and experience going some of the best defensive lineman in the country, Johnson should be an immediate impact lineman for the Yellow Jackets whether it be as a starter or as a reserve.
Johnson was a versatile offensive lineman for the Volunteers over his career, collecting starts at right guard, center, and left guard. With most of that experience coming at center, it could make sense for Johnson to take over the center duties for the Jackets in 2020 with no scholarship center on the roster or expected to sign in this year’s recruiting class. He could also fit in at right guard and push Jack DeFoor back out to the right tackle position.