The Big Picture - OL

After a short hiatus, is back with another episode of looking at the big picture in recruiting. Today's focus is on the big guys up front on the offensive line and we'll take a look at who's committed and who is still left on the board.

Current Depth Chart (by seniority):
0 seniors –
3 junior – Phil Smith (R), Omorogie Uzzi (R), Nick McRae (R)
5 sophomores – Raymond Beno (R), Jay Finch (R), J.C. Lanier (R), Will Jackson (R), Tyler Kidney (R)
6 freshmen – Bryan Chamberlain, Shaquille Mason, Trey Braun, Errin Joe, Caitlin Alford (R), Morgan Bailey (R)

Note: Chamberlain, Braun, and Joe are all expected to redshirt in 2011 at this time.
(R) = Redshirt
Expected 2012 Class Open Slots: 3

Current Commits:
Chase Roberts is a three star who is ranked as the #32 offensive guard by Roberts was the first offensive to commit to Georgia Tech in the 2012 class. The 6'3"-285 GAC recruit is also ranked as the #8 guard in the south. Roberts made his decision after visiting several ACC and SEC schools. The decision to attend Tech was never in doubt having grown up a fan and following in his dad's foot steps.

Will Adams is an offensive tackle from Sandy Creek. He is considered one of the leaders of the highly ranked Sandy Creek team. Adams took a visit to the Tech campus on July 16th. The 6'5"-280 Adams received an offer on the visit. The visit convinced him that Tech was where he wanted to be. Adams made a return visit the following Friday and gave Coach Paul Johnson his commitment. Adams chose Tech over Kentucky, Louisville, and Memphis.

Remaining Slots: 1

Prospects (Status in terms of commitment):
Michael Flint is a three star and is ranked as the #25 offensive guard by He is also ranked as the #5 guard in the south. Flint was originally committed to Auburn but decided to open up his recruitment. His recent visit to Tech has moved them into his top four along with Oregon, Clemson, and Tennessee. The 6'4"-300 Oxford, Alabama recruit is a very strong and powerful lineman in the trenches. He is best described as a very intense and physical offensive lineman. He has solid technique, especially in run blocking, but improving his footwork will help him in pass protection. Flint is scheduled to be on campus this weekend for the North Carolina game. (We Like Our Chances)

Freddie Burden is a 6'3"-290 recruit from Statesboro, Georgia. While Michael Flint is the top target for the final offensive line scholarship, Burden is a recruit that Coach Mike Sewak and the GT are watching during his senior season. Currently, Burden does not have an offer from GT and would only receive one if Flint doesn't work out. In addition to receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Burden is receiving interest from North Carolina State, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Georgia. Burden will be a candidate to play inside and is known to have good hands and a strong base. (Leaning Elsewhere)

Likelihood of committing is rated in 1 of 6 categories:
1. We Lead
2. We Like Our Chances
3. Could Go Either Way
4. Leaning Elsewhere
5. Unlikely But Possible
6. No Chance Best Guesses:
With 3 slots open, Georgia Tech – barring attrition – will have 17 offensive linemen on scholarship. As such, there is really only room for 1 more lineman beyond the 2 commitments. Our best guess at this point is that Michael Flint will ultimately end up a Jacket and that will close out the OL class. Freddie Burden is probably going to end up elsewhere as a result. Also, as was pointed out previously in our defensive line report, there is also a good possibility that Georgia Tech could take additional defensive line prospects (Ryan Watson in particular) and then move one of those players over to offensive line based on their abilities.

Notable News Since the Last Update:
None since this is the first update.

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