Geoff Collins and his coaching staff’s efforts to keep elite in-state and elite-404 talent in Atlanta paid off on Friday when three-star offensive lineman Jakiah Leftwhich committed to the Georgia Tech football program.
Since coming to Georgia Tech, head coach Geoff Collins has made one of his top recruiting strategies that of keeping elite talent from the 404 area in the 404. On Friday afternoon, it officially became public that they did so with three-star offensive lineman Jakiah Leftwich out of Westlake High School in Atlanta.
Leftwich, a 6-foot-6, 302-pound offensive tackle became the Yellow Jackets 10th public commitment on Friday afternoon and the first offensive lineman to commit to the Jackets in the 2021 recruiting cycle.
A top-700 player nationally per 247Sports’s composite rankings, he’s ranked as a top-70 offensive tackle, and top-60 player in the state of Georgia. While he may not be as highly ranked as some other Georgia Tech offensive lineman targets, Leftwich possess elite size to say the least with more room to grow as well as he ends his high school career and makes the transition to college ball.
Geoff Collins and Brent Key have made it a priority to recruit offensive lineman with size after inheriting one of the smallest offensive lines in the country this past year. In the 2020 recruiting cycle, the Jackets brought in eight offensive lineman (six 2020 recruits, two transfers), all of them at least 6-foot-3, and at least 285-pounds. Leftwich once again shows that the commitment to growing that offensive line is still in full force in the 2021 recruiting class.
Prior to his commitment, Leftwich had totaled 19 reported scholarship offers during his recruitment with notable offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Miss St, South Carolina, TCU, and Tennessee.