Recruiting Battles: ND vs. Georgia Tech

Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will both see players that got away on Saturday. Irish Illustrated breaks downs battles won and lost by the Irish and Yellow Jackets.

COVETED Notre Dame PLAYERS

Notre Dame’s two-deep features 11 players that held Georgia Tech offers.

Rochell named Notre Dame his leader out of a top seven that also had Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee in April of 2012. In June, Rochell committed to Notre Dame over finalist Florida State. The Irish and Yellow Jackets both hosted him twice on unofficial visits before his decision. Rochell was a former four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 12 defensive end in the Class of 2013.

Georgia Tech was not a serious contender for any other Irish player.

Notre Dame’s roster includes four Georgia products: Rochell, kicker Tyler Newsome, quarterback Montgomery VanGorder and safety Avery Sebastian.

COVETED GEORGIA TECH PLAYERS

The only player on the Georgia Tech roster who held a Notre Dame offer is backup middle linebacker Domonique Noble. A North Carolina native and former three-star cornerback in the Class of 2011, Notre Dame offered Noble in May of 2010. In July, Noble named a top three, in order, of Georgia Tech, Penn State and Notre Dame. In August, Noble committed to longtime leader Georgia Tech. Penn State and Notre Dame never received visits. Mike Elston headed Noble’s recruitment for Notre Dame.

In two games this season, Noble has registered six tackles. The offseason saw him move from the secondary to linebacker.

COMMITTED PLAYERS

Players committed to Notre Dame in the Class of 2016 that hold Georgia Tech offers include offensive tackle commitment Parker Boudreaux and wide receiver Kevin Stepherson.

Georgia Tech has nine commitments in the Class of 2016, and none of them hold Notre Dame offers. Nine commitments are the least in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets signed 27 in 2015.

ONGOING BATTLES

Georgia Tech will likely host four-star athlete Demetris Robertson of Savannah (Ga.) Christian Academy this fall, though the Jackets trail Georgia, Notre Dame and Stanford.

RECRUITING OVERVIEW

Georgia Tech has never cracked the top 25 in national recruiting rankings in Paul Johnson’s tenure as head coach. Johnson took over the Yellow Jackets in December of 2007. The best finish for Georgia Tech in ACC recruiting standings since then was fifth in 2009.

Georgia Tech’s last five recruiting classes (2011-2015) have averaged 2.73, 2.88, 2.86, 2.90 and 2.93 stars, respectively. Johnson’s highest average came in 2010 (3.00 stars).


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