Ryans Ramblins - 2013 Recruiting Update - OL

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 offensive line prospects.

Current Depth Chart:

RT: Morgan Bailey, Tyler Kidney, Bryan Chamberlain
RG: Trey Braun, J.C. Lanier, Chase Roberts
C: Jay Finch, Catlin Alford
LG: Shaquille Mason Will Jackson, Freddie Burden
LT: Raymond Beno, Nick McRae, Errin Joe
INJURED: Omoregie Uzzi (Out Spring - expected to return Fall

2 seniors: Uzzi (R), McRae (R)
5 juniors: Kidney (R), Lanier (R), Finch (R), Jackson (R), Beno (R)
3 sophomores: Bailey (R), Mason, Alford (R)
5 freshmen: Chamberlain (R), Joe (R), Braun (R), Roberts, Burden

(R) = Redshirt

Notes: The offensive line depth chart didn't change drastically based on spring practice. One change is that Morgan Bailey may have edged ahead of Tyler Kidney for now at starting right tackle. Shaq Mason and Trey Braun became starters at guard due to injuries to Uzzi and Jackson. Nick McRae and Errin Joe cleared out of the back up center job for Catlin Alford. McRae played both tackle and guard in the spring. Alford's inexperience at the position showed with many exchange issues. Hopefully spring worked out a lot of those issues and Tech will be better in the long run for taking the lumps in spring. Every offensive lineman on the roster has redshirted under Coach Paul Johnson except for Shaq Mason, so don't expect any early contributions from Chase Roberts or Freddie Burden in fall.

Expected 2013 Class Open Slots: 3
Current Commits: 0
Remaining Slots: 3
Prospects: Jeremi Hall, Shamire DeVine, Delando Crooks, Brandon Kublanow, Austin Droogsma, Cory Helms, Brett Steverson, Alan Knott, Ryan Hoefeld

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

JEREMI HALL (6-4, 318 pounds) from East Point, GA is a three-star prospect ranked as the #43 offensive guard by Scout.com. He has offers from GT, Kentucky, Purdue, South Florida, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. Hall caught GT's attention in camp last summer when he earned an early scholarship offer from Coach Johnson. Hall is teammates with another serious Tech recruit Shamire DeVine. Both have GT high on their list. Hall likes the Yellow Jackets along with Georgia (no offer) and Vanderbilt.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances

SHAMIRE DEVINE (6-6, 340 pounds) from East Point, GA is a three-star prospect ranked as the #28 offensive tackle by Scout.com. He's teammates with Jeremi Hall at Tri-Cities. Like Hall, DeVine has many offers including an offer from GT, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Southern California, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. DeVine competed at the MVP Camp last month just as Hall did. He beat out his teammate for the award of best lineman at the camp. DeVine remains open in regards to favorites but you'd have to think that GT and UGA both have a good shot at him. A package deal to GT remains a real possibility. DeVine has a good possibility to finish as a four-star prospect.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances

DELANDO CROOKS (6-4, 253 pounds) from Atlanta, GA is a four-star prospect ranked as the #24 offensive tackle by Scout.com. He has things in common with Hall and DeVine. He's from the Atlanta area, is highly thought of by scouts and is being heavily pursued by GT as well as other programs around the country. Crooks like rated just a tick (4 spots) above DeVine right now and that's the difference between three and four stars. This group of outstanding Atlanta-area offensive linemen has some other offers in common as well. Crooks has offers from GT, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi, UNC, Marshall, Tennessee, UAB, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forrest. Crooks' top four currently looks like this: Georgia Tech, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. GT fans would be very excited if the Jackets could pull in this Atlanta trio of Crooks, DeVine and Hall. It remains a real possibility at this stage.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances

BRANDON KUBLANOW (6-3, 283 pounds) from Marietta, GA is a four-star prospect ranked as the #8 offensive guard by Scout.com. Obviously the Atlanta and surrounding areas are churning out a great class of offensive linemen. Kublanow (Walton High) can pretty much pick among any school at this point. It would take a while to spell out all of his offers but they include GT, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, FSU, Maryland, Miami, Wake Forrest and UNC from the ACC. He also has offers from Georgia, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt from the SEC as well as other national programs like Nebraska and USC. He wants to announce a commitment this summer but has too many good offers to narrow down the list just yet. His plan to pick in May has already been pushed back as many other teams jumped in when he announced his desire to be done by then. It wouldn't be a surprise if this went on past the beginning of the season. It's good to have that as a goal but it's a big decision and he won't jump the gun before feeling a comfort level that currently is not in place at any one school. Georgia currently has the edge.

Best Guess: Leaning Elsewhere

AUSTIN DROOGSMA (6-4, 310 pounds) from Gulf Breeze, FL is a three-star prospect ranked as the #28 offensive guard by Scout.com. He currently has offers from Clemson, FSU, GT, and South Florida. This seems to be a Clemson-Florida State battle at this point.

Best Guess: Leaning Elsewhere

CORY HELMS (6-3, 290 pounds) from Alpharetta, GA is an unranked prospect listed as a center by Scout.com. Cory has drawn a few early scholarship offers including ones from UNC, MTSU, South Alabama, Syracuse, and Troy. Look for interest in Helms to continue to grow throughout the camp season. GT is still evaluating Helms. With three openings and three great local options the Yellow Jackets are looking good with, several good prospects like Helms may remain in the evaluation phase for GT for a while longer.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (at this time)

BRETT STEVERSON (6-5, 315 pounds) from Fitzgerald, GA is a three-star prospect ranked as the #36 offensive guard by Scout.com. In spite of the good ranking, he's only garnered offers from Duke and Troy so far to date. Like Helms, GT is evaluating Steverson at this point. GT could have a good shot if they offer. Brett has said that he would also be very interested in an offer from South Carolina.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (at this time)

ALAN KNOTT (6-4, 270 pounds) from Tyrone, GA is a three-star prospect ranked as the #38 offensive guard by Scout.com. Knott has early offers from UNC, South Carolina, South Florida, and Southern Miss. Knott is under evaluation by GT. There does not seem to be an impending offer coming from GT just yet but Alan does seem to have some good interest in GT should the offer materialize. He visited Tech back in March and enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the academics at Tech.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (at this time)

RYAN HOEFELD (6-3, 265 pounds) from New Orleans, LA is an unranked prospect listed as a center by Scout.com. Ryan has offers from smaller football programs like FIU, La Tech, McNeese State, North Texas, and ULM. GT is snooping around and showing interest in Hoefeld. A Tech coach recently stopped into Ryan's school to talk with coaches about him. Tech could be in the market for a center prospect like Hoefeld but right now numbers are tight and there are potentially bigger fish to fry this early on. Hoefeld is one to keep an eye on though.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (at this time)


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