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With both Houston and Davis missing spring practice because of track practice, Scott will have a chance to lock down a starting spot from one of the two. Most expect he'll be a starter by fall. The rest of the group will fight it out to determine who's ready to fill in the last spot in the 2-deep. I give Fleuridor the slight edge at this time but it is certainly up for grabs. One thing's for certain, they will all get their fair chance in spring. If no one impresses after all of those practices, look for Jamal Lewis to get into the mix later this summer.
The one that got away:
Many may not remember losing this one because it happened early in the recruiting process. Chris is one we really liked and had rated very highly on our board. He came down to Georgia Tech and Virginia, but we came in second for him. Another potentially good corner we were finalist for was Lamar Lewis, who signed with Florida State. He could end up as a corner or a running back and is talented but slightly built. Will Judson and Raeshon Ball were two others we wanted to get into school but grades or SAT scores kept them out, so both missed out on their contengent offers. Tech also flirted with the following but never got comfortable enough to extend offers: Leodis McKelvin, Sean McVay & Kevin Patterson. We did seem to be very selective with who we pursued this year at the corner position.
The Yellow Jackets lose one corner starter from last season, Jonathan Cox. He'll be missed but there are three others capable of starting still left: Houston, Davis & Scott. Numbers here were such that we really didn't need to get more than one. If the right ones came along then we certainly would have because our coaches preach the need to always have as many cover corners as possible. I don't think we really had that large of a pool of corners that we seriously targeted this year. The goal for us every recruiting season is to get one player for every defensive position and we fell short of that by one at corner. But the one we did get looks like a solid pickup.
Who GT signed:
We landed one of our top targets at corner, Jamal Lewis. With a name like that, he must be a good football player! GT fought off Auburn, Wake Forest, Duke, Connecticut, and Mississippi among others for his services. Jamal is a very physical player that was moved to Safety for his high school team this season. Still he projects as a corner for GT, unless he has a growth spurt and becomes big enough to return to the Safety position. He'll probably need some reps in the passing game when he gets on campus. His team had a bad record this year and most teams didn't need to throw the ball to have success against them. He wasn't thrown at one time in two games of his I watched. He's a good open field tackler, likes to initiate contact and has above average speed, so he should be a solid player in a year or so.
Recruiting Grade: B-
Other than Gorham, GT really wasn't in the hunt for any high profile corners. Based on our needs, we really didn't need to get more than one corner but I think we still would have liked to. I think next recruiting season sets up real well for a class we can make a run at a bunch of good corners and maybe sign as many as 3. This year's corner class isn't as exciting because we only signed one but I do really like the one we got. Lewis is definitely a good college prospect that will contribute fairly early in his career. I see him as a likely starter down the road as well, perhaps to take over for Reuben after his next two seasons. To me, Jamal has a higher ceiling to his potential than most of the other corners currently on our depth chart. It will just be up to him to work hard and develop quickly. His hardnosed style should earn him early points with Coach Tenuta.