Ryan's Ramblins - 2013 Recruiting Update - WR

GoJackets.com continues its series to help you get a view of the big picture in football recruiting. Next, we will take a look at the wide receiver prospects.

Current Depth Chart:

WR: Chris Jackson, Darren Waller, Travin Henry
WR: Jeremy Moore, Jeff Greene, Michael Summers, Anthony Autry

Current Seniority Chart:

1 senior – Jackson (R)
1 junior – Moore (R)
2 sophomores – Greene, Waller
3 freshmen – Summers, Henry, Autry

(R) = Redshirt

Notes: The only real depth chart changes as a result of spring practice were that Chris Jackson and Jeremy Moore seem to have jumped Darren Waller and Jeff Greene as the starters. It will be interesting to see how significant those moves will be. Certainly in 2011, the coaches basically stuck with the same two receivers all season in Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton. The depth might be a little better than two players deep this season as Greene & Waller have another year under their belt, Jackson is healthy and Moore seem to be coming into his own. Jackson/Waller seem to be more in the Melton role of good blocker and possession receiver. Whoever does a better job of those roles should see more playing time throughout the season. Meanwhile, Greene/Moore will play the role of keeping the defense honest and will be recipients of some shots down the field. There are not a lot of passes to go around in this offense so second team here could be in for some long days on the bench. I would not expect to see any of the true freshmen playing this season. They will get a chance to play but it could be redshirts for all three.

As a side note, we'd like to congratulate Stephen Hill on being the second round selection of the New York Jets. Hill along with Demaryius Thomas has proven that you can get to the NFL (and as a high pick) as a wide receiver even while playing in this offense. It's a good bit of news for the coaches who no doubt recruiting against negative comments from opposing coaches toward our WR prospects. Having players like Hill and Thomas succeed have to make those conversations easier. It's a real feather in their cap. Hill also reportedly earned high character marks from NFL scouts for sticking with his GT commitment and to play in this offense while getting pressured to play with schools like Georgia with a much more dynamic passing attack. Hill has another thing now in common with "Bay Bay" Thomas. Bay Bay can give Stephen a forward scouting report on one of Hill's new quarterbacks – Tim Tebow, since Tebow was traded from the Broncos to Jets this offseason.

Expected 2013 Class Open Slots: 1 or 2
Current Commits: 0
Remaining Slots: 1
Prospects: Brandon Facyson, Zach Bradshaw, Corey Cooper

Likelihood of committing is rated in 1 of 5 categories:

  1. We Lead
  2. We Like Our Chances
  3. Could Go Either Way
  4. Leaning Elsewhere
  5. Unlikely But Possible

BRANDON FACYSON (6-2, 178 pounds) from Newnan, GA is a three-star prospect ranked as the #46 safety by Scout.com. He has offers from GT, Louisville, UNC and Virginia Tech. He can play both offense and defense. He could be weeks away from making a decision and Georgia Tech is thought to be a strong leader for his services. It would put Tech in a great position for this class. Facyson would start out as a defensive back but could also play receiver if needed . Right now he would be slotted as a defensive back.

Best Guess: We Lead

ZACH BRADSHAW (6-3, 205 pounds) from Damascus, Md. is an unrated prospect listed as an outside linebacker by Scout.com. Bradshaw has collected a number of early offers including ones from GT, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, NC State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. That pretty much covers most of the ACC. Though he's from Maryland, his parents are from Lansing, Mi. and his father went to Michigan State. "A lot of schools don't know where they want me to play in college. Most of the schools are just recruiting me as an athlete," Bradshaw told GoJacket.com's Matt Osborne back in November. It's tough to get a read yet on his leanings. He's played it pretty close to the vest so far. GT has some good selling points like academics and a chance at the NFL by pointing to other top receivers Stephen Hill and Demaryius Thomas but there are a lot of other teams vying for his attention as well. Being so far from Atlanta is a disadvantage and so are the connections to the state of Michigan. The Spartans could be tough to beat if they were to offer. With Zach's list of offers, size, and outstanding highlight film, there's no doubt he'll shoot up the ratings eventually. GT will continue to evaluate Bradshaw to see if he fits their needs.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible

COREY COOPER (6-0, 185 pounds) from Raleigh, NC is a three-star prospect ranked as the #102 wide receiver by Scout.com. He has offers from all over including from Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, UNC, NC State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulsa, Wake Forrest, and West Virginia. Of that group he seems to favor South Carolina at this time. He's expected to make a decision before the season begins. He visited Tech this past Saturday. Corey has certainly generated a lot of interest around the country. Cooper made the visit knowing that his position coach wouldn't be in town. Cooper will be one that GT will continue to evaluate.

Best Guess: Leaning Elsewhere

Nate Andrews (6-0, 180 pounds) from Fairhope, AL is a three-star prospect ranked as the #106 wide receiver by Scout.com. He has offers from Florida State and Mississippi. GT has not offered yet but he said in an interview with Andrew Bone from Tuesday that Tech is showing interest. The Seminoles seem to be the early leaders but there's a long way to go still and he's sure to gain more offers.

Best Guess: Leaning Elsewhere

The receiver position is one in which it doesn't appear that the GT has any one target in mind at the present time. They will continue to evaluate as they make their visits to schools and will also look at receivers when the summer camps begin in June.

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