The Georgia Tech Football program on Monday landed Maryland linebacker transfer Ayinde Eley.
While most of Georgia Tech’s success in the transfer portal has come through landing Georgia natives looking to return closer to home, the Jackets landed a transfer from out of state on Monday when Maryland linebacker Ayinde Eley announced he’ll be joining the Yellow Jackets.
Eley will join the Yellow Jackets in 2021 with two years of eligibility after playing in three games with the Terrapins this past season. That being said, the NCAA of course this season froze eligibility, allowing all players to have a “free” season in 2020.
The pickup Eley in essence replaces linebacker David Curry on the Jackets roster. Curry, recently announced he’d not be returning to the program next season and instead will be attempting to go pro this upcoming season.
For his career at Maryland, Eley appeared in 21 games per college football reference, totaling 111 tackles including 5.0 tackles for a loss and half a sack. He also had two interceptions and three forced fumbles during his time in College Park.
Eley is the fifth Power Five transfer and sixth transfer overall, the Yellow Jackets have taken this year joining LB Kevin Harris (Alabama), OG Nick Pendley (Miss St), DL Makius Scott (South Carolina), CB Kenyatta Watson II (Texas), and DE Keion White (Old Dominion).
The Jackets in 2021 will enter their season under head coach Geoff Collins after finishing 3-7 in 10 games this past season. It wasn’t the season some may have expected but with a strong core set to return and some big additions, 2021 could be a season where the Jackets take a notable step forward.