The month of February is nearly over (unbelievable!) which means it’s time to do a monthly check in on Georgia Tech’s 2021 recruiting class.
It’s only been a few weeks since we’ve discussed the 2021 recruiting class but with March nearly here, we thought it would be a great time to go over the Jackets recruiting efforts this cycle.
Currently, the Yellow Jackets hold two commitments, those being from three-star wide receiver Malik Rutherford and three-star athlete Jamal Haynes. Rutherford was the Jackets first commitment in the cycle, committing back in November while Haynes joined in just over a month ago.
After not being ranked for the first few months of his commitment, Rutherford has finally been ranked in 247Sports’s composite rankings. The 5-foo-9, 165-pound speedster is ranked by rankings as a top-650 player nationally (No.624) , a top-100 wide receiver (No.94), and a top-90 player in the state of Florida (No.83). Haynes isn’t too far behind RutherAubrey Burksford in the national rankings, coming in at No.682 and is the nation’s 56th ranked athlete.
With the two commitments, the Jackets class is currently ranked No.42 nationally and No.10 in the ACC. Don’t worry, there is still plenty of time for the Yellow Jackets to climb up those rankings after finishing last year with the No.26 ranked recruiting class.
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Official Visits Scheduled:
Two prospects have scheduled official visits according to 247Sports, both official visits coming this summer. The first official visit on the schedule is Auburndale, Florida safety Aubrey Burks. Burks is set for an official visit on June 12. Burks is currently unranked by 247sports. Additionally, the nation’s No.19 tight end Miles Campbell out of South Paulding High School in Douglasville, GA, is set for an official visit on June 26.
The Yellow Jackets need to like their chances with Burks, the Florida native has amassed 26 scholarship offers so far but the Yellow Jackets are certainly one of their top options. Other notable offers for Burks include Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, North Carolina, and UCF.
Campbell, has been highly recruited himself, totaling 19 scholarship offers. Programs that have offered the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder include Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. According to his 247Sports profile, that is the only current official visit that he has planned.
Names to Keep an Eye On:
WR Marcus Burke: From the same high school (Trinity Christian Academy) as 2020 signee Miles Brooks, Burke will be one of the receivers to watch in this class for the Jackets. Burke is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No.300 player regardless of position and a borderline top-50 wide receiver (No.51). He’s been pushed heavily by in-state programs Florida and Florida State but the Yellow Jackets remain in the hunt.
DB Omar Burroughs Jr.: Burroughs is an intriguing prospect to say the least. A top-600 player nationally and a top-40 safety, Burroughs currently attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. This past season, the 5-foot-9.5 inch and 167-pounder broke the school’s single season interception mark, a notable accomplishment due to the program’s regular high quality of talent and players it has sent to the college ranks. Additionally, he’s originally from the Savannah, GA area. Rivals ($) wrote a premium article here if you have a subscription to their site.
DB Rod Moore: We can’t tell you specifics for numerous reasons but according to Jackets Online (Rivals), Clayton, Ohio defensive back Rod Moore is planning a visit to The Flats and has ties to the area ($).
OT Eli Sutton: All has been quiet on the Sutton front since he released his most recent top schools but for now it seems the Yellow Jackets are still in the thick of things for the Tennessee native. A top-200 player nationally and the nation’s No.21 offensive tackle, Sutton will be a huge pickup literally (6-foot-7, and 285-pounds) for whoever lands him.
Overall, it’s still early in the recruiting cycle for the Yellow Jackets and while there isn’t much news out there right now, it will come in time. With Geoff Collins at the helm of the program, the Yellow Jackets will remain a force on the recruiting trail for the foreseeable future and will always be in the running for some of the nation’s and Georgia’s premier players. While last year did it go off to a fast start for the Jackets, this cycle may require a bit more patience. Additionally, from now on, we are going to be producing weekly articles on Friday’s going over Georgia Tech’s offers over the past week and any interesting tidbits that are worthy of being passed on.