GT Recruiting Targets - Cornerbacks

Cornerback may be Georgia Tech's best position when looking at the current two-deep. Numbers at the position look good as well since we signed three at the position in the past recruiting class. But we still intend to become even stronger at the position in this year's class.

Position: Cornerback

Current Depth:

BCB: Reuben Houston, Kenny Scott, I-Perfection Harris, Brian Fleuridor FCB: Jonathan Cox, Dennis Davis, Venice Gilliam, Sam Williams

Needs in recruiting:

Cornerback may be Georgia Tech's best position when looking at the current two-deep. Numbers at the position look good as well since we signed three at the position in the past recruiting class. But we still intend to become even stronger at the position in this year's class. We lose starting senior Jonathan Cox after the season but there are currently 4 corners capable of starting. Next year current junior Dennis Davis or freshman phenom Kenny Scott can move right into the role. Behind the top 4, we have some other promising athletes that are providing depth.

If there is any position that we can afford to ignore for a year, this would be it. But I'm told we could take on a couple here even still. The Coaches' philosophy is that we need all of the cover guys we can get. It is the third most important position the coaches will focus on after OL and DL.

Initial strategy:

Cover Corners are the main focus. I imagine you will see more hybrid types being sought; guys that can cover but be able to play either Corner or Safety in addition to your typical Corners. The coaches want 4 or more between the Corner or Safety position, so look for between 1 and 3 guys to be signed here. I think 3 would be a little overkill but we'll have to wait and see. Two seems more likely at this point.

Specific Targets:

Cornerbacks that have been offered by Georgia Tech include: Lamar Lewis, Trevor Ford, Chris Gorham, and Leodis McKelvin.

Lamar Lewis was already featured in my earlier report on Running Backs. The 3-star, and Insiders #19 Corner in the country is being recruited at both positions but it looks as though most want him as a Corner. GT on the other hand seems to fancy Lamar as a Tailback (but I'll include him in this report as well just to be sure). The 5'8", 175-pound speedster from Jacksonville has a top four of Georgia Tech, Georgia, Wake Forest and Tennessee. I still think we're looking good here.

Trevor Ford is an awesome athlete at 6'1", 187, 4.33. The only problem with the talented corner from Miami is that we don't appear to have much of a chance with him. Miami is the favorite to land the 3-star athlete but watch out for FSU, Ohio State & Kansas State. He doesn't ever mention GT but we have extended him an offer.

Chris Gorham is a taller 6'0", 175, 4.50 Corner from Pennsylvania, a state we've recruited well so far this season. We have made up some ground with Chris but have to be considered underdogs to his current Virginia. GT and Notre Dame are next on his list. I'd like to think we can move ahead in the race for Gorham but he talks very favorably of Virginia. We'll keep an eye on him just in case though.

Leodis McKelvin, 5'11", 165, 4.60, is the last of the group that we've offered but the one we have the best shot at. He camped at GT this summer and we are currently one of only two teams to have offered him already. The other is Louisville. McKelvin is a Georgia boy from Waycross, so we need to keep him at home. He's a good student too, so there are no problems there. I like our chances here but it's still early.

Other Corners you will see associated with GT recruiting include: Brent Freeman, Robert Hannah, Ronnie Jackson, Roger King, Sean McVay, and Stacy Young.

Brent Freeman, who attends South Forsyth High, is awaiting his first offer. He seems to like Clemson the most but would consider attending Georgia Tech, Duke and Vanderbilt as well.

Robert Hannah is from Hephzibah High, the same school as OL recruit Fred Roland. The 5'10", 175, 4.50, 2-star Corner is a super athlete that has played QB, RB, and DB in High School. He currently likes Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Vanderbilt but still doesn't have his first major offer.

Ronnie Jackson, from Warner Robins HS, is a good athlete that won the region championship in the 100 meters, long jump, 4x100, and 4x400 this May. He has no football offers at this point but likes Georgia Tech along with UGA, Auburn & Louisville.

Roger King is a smallish 5'8" CB from Peach County HS in Fort Valley, GA. He has a reputation as a hard hitter despite his small stature. He's still looking for his first offer but currently likes Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Nebraska, and Fresno State.

Sean McVay is currently a super option QB at The Marist School in Atlanta. At 5'10", 170, 4.40, he doesn't project as a QB in college but teams do like him as a cornerback. He received his first offer from Miami of Ohio but is still looking at several other teams. He likes Duke, GT, UGA and other ACC schools. He may consider going to Rice as a QB too. He seems like an interesting prospect to follow.

Stacy Young, from Gainesville, is another smallish but fast corner prospect. He does not have an offer at this time but is looking at Southern Miss, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Georgia.


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