GT Recruiting: Defensive Offers

Kamden Robb breaks down the 2007 offers from Georgia Tech on the defensive side of the ball.

So far in this recruiting season, Georgia Tech has extended at least 22 known offers to players from around the country to help fill out its 2007 recruiting class. Here is a quick look at some of those players on the defensive side of the ball:

Cornerback (3)

Eric Berry (Fairburn, GA) 5-11.5/181/4.46 - Berry plays quarterback for Creekside HS but will likely make the switch to cornerback or wide receiver on the next level. Most schools are recruiting him at corner but he says he wants to play somewhere on offense. UNC has offered him at quarterback. Berry is eligible to graduate in December but look for him to carry out his recruitment well into the month of January. Eric has offers from Miami, Georgia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio State.

Gary Gray (Columbia, SC) 5-11/165/4.49 - Gary plans to graduate in December and has already collected more than two dozen scholarship offers! Being one of the best cornerback prospects in the nation will do that for you. The high school star's list includes Auburn, GT, Louisville, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina, NC State, Maryland, and most recently Florida. Surely, more offers are on the way for this stud. The water is too muddy right now to declare a leader. Stay tuned!

Phelon Jones (Mobile, AL) 6-0/190/4.38 - This kid's recruitment could be over before it even begins. With plans for him to select a school before his senior season, Jones has 9 scholarship offers from which to choose, including most recently GT, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, and VPI. The Mobile product has already attended Junior Days at Auburn and Alabama and plans to visit Mississippi State and Ohio State in the coming weeks. Phelon is a tremendous athlete - he made the junior national team as a long jumper - and will be a great addition to any team's secondary.

Safety (1)

D.J. Donley (Folkston, GA) 6-3/190 - This one is a little confusing. In interviews, D.J. states, "Education comes first, then athletic and academic reputation. I'll go anywhere so location isn't really a big deal to me." Obviously, there are some other factors he is considering because GT is not even in his Top 5. Donley even concedes his hometown is a big Bulldog town. You have to imagine that they are the clear-cut leader right now. Can we break into his Top 5? We'll have to wait and see.

Linebacker (2)

Rennie Curran (Snellville, GA) 5-11/202/4.54 - Rennie, one of the star's of Brookwood's vaunted defense, is one of the top linebackers in the state of Georgia. He has listed a Top 3 of Georgia, GT, and Auburn in no particular order, but it's early in the game and other teams still have a chance. Mississippi State was the first team to offer (GT was second).

Lorenzo Edwards (Orlando, FL) 6-2/221/4.72 - If ever there was a prospect tailor-made to be a Yellow Jacket, Lorenzo Edwards is that guy! The hard hitting free safety from Orlando holds a 4.0 GPA, takes AP Classes, and is hoping to enter college as a sophomore. Edwards is being looked at mainly as a safety, but he has the build to be a great linebacker as well. He wants to be an "architectural engineer"...let's see, who has the best Architecture school in the nation? Oh, that would be Georgia Tech! Are you reading this Lorenzo??!

Defensive Tackle (2)

Tydreke Powell (Ahoskie, NC) 6-3/283 - Tydreke Powell, a 6 foot 3, 283-pound defensive end from Ahoskie HS in North Carolina is considered a heavy lean towards the Tar Heels. However, GT entered the fray along with Auburn earlier this month and now the defensive line prospect has a lot of thinking to do. UNC is still considered the leader, but their lead is slowly slipping away as more and more schools throw their names in the hat.

Ted Laurent (Powder Springs, GA) 6-2/295/4.90 - Ted Laurent is a noseguard prospect from McEachern HS in Powder Springs. His current Top Five? "Ole Miss is my #1, Georgia is #2, Miami is #3, Mississippi State is #4 and Georgia Tech is #5. Hopefully, we'll be able to move up on his list - once he learns more about what we have to offer both on and off the field. Big Ted would be a welcome addition to the GT defensive line, that's for sure.


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