Georgia Tech will begin to place more emphasis on recruiting the 2015 class as the 2014 recruiting cycle winds down to the finish. The Jackets will look to construct back to back solid classes to lay the foundation for a deep roster.
We've already covered the offensive recruits. We will now look at the recruits on the defensive side of the ball that the Jackets are in contention for. Many other names could be added, and even some subtracted, as the cycle unfolds throughout the year.
Darius Fullwood. Three-star defensive end. Olney (MD) Good Counsel. Fullwood lists Georgia Tech in his top five along with Penn State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and Kentucky. The Jackets have already gotten a visit from him.
Ken Allen. Defensive Tackle. Elberton (GA) Elbert County. Allen hasn't received too much attention on the recruiting front but the Jackets have offered and are interested.
Jonathan Ledbetter. Three-star defensive tackle. Tucker (GA). He lists seven offers right now and Georgia Tech is one of him. I'd expect the Jackets to get him on campus for a visit at some point.
Harry Lewis. Three-star defensive tackle. Hampton (VA) Phoebus. Georgia Tech is one of his multiple offers but he has recently named Duke as his leader. A visit will be needed to place the Yellow Jackets squarely in the mix but it isn't impossible.
Milen Golden. Outside linebacker. Cleveland (OH) Glenville. Golden holds a Georgia Tech offer but no other school has extended one since. He's a prospect with upside. Ohio State will probably not send any offers out to Glenville prospects in the 2015 class which gives other schools more and more of a chance.
Adonis Thomas. Three-star outside linebacker. Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett. His high school is another program familiar with Ted Roof. Roof went to Central Gwinnett and still holds many connections to the school. Thomas will be a highly sought after prospect but the Jackets have some built-in advantages early on.
Andre Smith. Three-star middle linebacker. Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian. Smith is already committed to North Carolina but said at the time of his commitment that he would still be open to other schools, including Georgia Tech. Jacksonville is an area that the Jackets are placing more of an emphasis on.
Kaleb Chalmers. Three-star cornerback. Greenwood (SC). Chalmers took a recent visit to Georgia Tech and says the Jackets have racked up the interest of late.
Dre Jackson. Cornerback. Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett. He is a teammate of Adonis Thomas and will likely not get the recruiting attention that Thomas will but is a good prospect in his own right. The Jackets will spend some of their time at the school luring in Jackson, not just Thomas.
Maurice Smitherman. Three-star cornerback. Adamsville (AL) Minor. He has a ton of early offers but most were probably just to gauge interest and entice him to attend one of their camps to earn a real one. He visited Georgia Tech early on and received an offer on the trip. His offer list is outstanding but the Jackets may have a better chance than most believe.
Jalen Thompson. Three-star cornerback. Mobile (AL) St. Pauls Episcopal. Georgia Tech is one of his early offers, along with Vanderbilt and South Alabama. The Jackets can get in the mix if they get him on a visit to Atlanta but an Auburn offer could be close, which might tip the scales in the Tigers' favor.
Ben Edwards. Three-star safety. Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian. He's at the top of the wish list for the Jackets' staff but could be a tough one to reel on. He has the Jackets in his top five, along with North Carolina, Stanford, Auburn, and UCLA. Edwards has visited Auburn, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina and they are the more likely destinations at this time. Auburn has yet to offer. Edwards named the Tar Heels as his leader early in the season.
Jazzee Stocker. Three-star safety. Coatesville (PA). Most of his offers are from area schools such as Connecticut, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia. Wisconsin and Georgia Tech are the two schools outside the region to offer Stocker. A visit to the Jackets would not surprise me as northeastern prospects have paid more attention to Georgia Tech recently.
Trevon Story. Safety. Cleveland (OH) Glenville. His recruitment will will probably mirror his teammate Milen Golden's. Kentucky has offered as well and could play a significant role. Georgia Tech and Kentucky have both established a relationship with Glenville.