2009 GT Recruits - Defensive Line

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.

The defensive line is one of the positions of need when looking at recruiting goals for the 2009 season. The coaching staff would like to sign two tackles and two defensive ends to meet that need. This goal got a big shot in the arm with the early commitment of all-state tackle J.C. Lanier from state champion ECI. The list of recruits is loaded with 300 pound defensive tackles and some big defensive ends that we are targeting.


Izaan Cross – 6'4" – 250 DE from Flowery Branch H.S. Izaan recently attended our elite junior day.

Brandon Putnam - 6'2 ½" – 231 DE from Sandy Creek H.S. Brandon attended our elite junior day.

Abry Jones – 6'4" – 250 DE from Northside WR H.S. Abry made the 1st team 4A all-state team for 2007. He was one of the invitees for the elite junior day.

Wes Williams – 6'3" – 215 DE from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston. Look for Wes to visit GT this summer. He currently plays on both sides of the ball for Strake.

David Paulsen – 6'3" – 230 DE from Walton H.S. David has attended our camps and home games. He has already received an offer from Stanford.

Justin Anderson – 6'5" – 252 DE from Blythewood H.S (S.C.). Justin is a member of the Scout southeast elite 50.

Emanuel Dieke – 6'7' – 201 DE/LB from North Clayton H.S. He will be playing defensive end this coming season.


J.C. Lanier – 6'3' – 320 DT from ECI H.S. He's the first to commit for the class of 2009 and is on Scout's southeast 50 to watch.

Frank Souza – 6'5' – 319 DT from Nease H.S. Frank attended our elite junior day. His school also gave us Clyde Yandell.

Dallas Lee – 6'3" – 305 DT from Buford H.S. Dallas was one of the invitees for our elite junior day.

Melvin Jones – 6'1" – 310 DT from Heritage H.S. His coach feels his stock will rise this summer when he starts attending the camps and combines.

Ricky Hart – 6'3" – 310 DT from Charlton Co. H.S. Ricky is no stranger to GT having attended our camps last summer.

Deion Roberson – 6'2" – 275 DT from Tucker H.S. Deion was one of the invitees to the elite junior day.

Joseph Williams – 6'2" – 265 DT from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston. Joseph visited Tech last spring and continues to have interest in us.

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