2009 GT Recruits - Linebacker

Now that signing day is behind us the staff at GoJackets.com is going to preview what we can look forward to in the 2009 class. The focus of the coaches in 2009 will be on the home state of Georgia. Each coach has been assigned a portion of the state. This, along with the fact that this should be a year similar to (Class of) 2007 talent-wise, should lead us to a very promising year in recruiting.

We'll be bringing you a weekly preview of each position followed by interviews with some of the top players at each of those positions. We'll start with the linebackers and then proceed with the quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, offensive line, defensive line and the secondary.

We're starting with the linebackers as this is probably the deepest and most talented group for 2009.


We first got an indication that the linebacker position would be deep and talented when eight of the top linebackers in Georgia were invited to Tech's elite junior day. Four of those left campus with offers. Indications are that Tech probably try to take three or four in next years signing class. Some of the players we're looking at early in the process include:

Chaun Chresham - Chaun is a 6'3" – 205 SLB from Apalachee H.S. He was 3A honorable mention this past season. He also excels in basketball and runs track.

Brandon Watts – Brandon is a 6'2" - 226 SLB from Washington County H.S. Like Chaun, he too was 3A honorable mention. He's also on Scout's 50 to watch in the southeast for 2009.

Nigel Thornton – Nigel is a 6'2" – 210 WLB from Stephenson H.S. He was a 5A honorable mention for Stephenson.

Kevin Minter – Kevin is a 6'0" – 235 WLB from Peachtree Ridge H.S. He was a 5A honorable mention this past season.

Julian Burnett – Julian is a 5'10" – 220 MLB from Westside Macon H.S. He was first team 4A for Westside.

Jarvis Jones – Jarvis is a 6'4" – 210 SLB from Carver Columbus H.S. Jarvis was 1st team 3A for Carver.

Corico Hawkins – Corico is a 6'1" – 235 MLB from Baldwin County H.S. Corico was 1st team 4A for Baldwin.

LeRon Furr – LeRon is a 6'3" – 213 SLB from Carver Columbus H.S. He could also possibly be a DE at the next level.

Mike Gilliard – Mike is a 6'3" – 205 SLB from Valdosta H.S. Mike also plays safety in obvious passing situations.

Emanuel Dieke – Linebacker from North Clayton High School, same HS as current Yellow Jacket starter Morgan Burnett.

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