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.