The spring evaluation period is right around the corner and I wanted to do another edition of this to show y'all where we're at in terms of spots remaining and targets. Here is the last 2018 State of the Union I did right after Signing Day, and as you can see things have changed a bit since then. Tech will likely sign 22-23 in 2018 while saving a couple of spots for late additions.
QB: 1. None committed. Tanner Mordecai is the guy here, that hasn't changed to my knowledge and I feel way better about your chances with him since Casey Thompson committed to UT. Tech will do its due diligence on others to make sure there is a contingency in place if Mordecai unexpectedly commits to Baylor or out-of-state, but they are really all in on him. If Tech lands him, I wouldn't be surprised to see him start as a true freshman. Kingsbury has shown he is not afraid to roll with younger guys at QB if he believes in them. Mordecai would be the first of Kliff's #1 choices at QB to commit since Mahomes.
RB: 1-2. None committed. I've heard Tech could only take one prospect here in 2018 and snag a P5 transfer this offseason to sit in 2017. AJ Carter will likely commit to DeShaun Foster during his unofficial to UCLA a couple weekends from now. That leaves Devin Brumfield, who visited for the Frisco spring game, and Craig Williams, who is supposed to visit this summer. A big, bruising back who has emerged on radar for Tech is Jahmyl Jeter, who the coaches will likely go see early this spring. Baylor, Boise State, UT, and Houston have all started sniffing around with him too.
WR: 6-7. Three committed. This will be the most fun position group to watch this recruiting cycle and I think ultimately Tech will sign three four-stars here after Jaylon Robinson is bumped up during the next round and they add a blue-chip commitment. Tech will need every receiver they sign here because they lose 5 scholarship receivers after the 2017 season and have already lost Boyd and Sadler. I think they'll take one more true slot, one more outside guy that can play some Y, and a big-bodied outside receiver.
OL: 4-5. None committed. The staff will likely go best player available here regardless of HS or JUCO; you already know the line needs to get older. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Tech had two December-grad JUCO commits here before the season started, which is quite unusual for JC recruiting where most schools react to what is happening on the field for them. Gun to my head, I envision Tech landing Reese Moore (Tech legacy), Tramonda Moore (visiting this spring), Chris Murray (visiting this spring), Princeton Pines (visited twice this spring), and Silas Robinson who has visited a couple times in past years.
DL: 5. None committed. Nobody who panicked after Tech only signed one defensive lineman in 2017 (they'll take two more this summer by the way) will still have cause for complaint with this group in 2018. I think Tech will take one true rush end, two strongside ends that have the size to inside to the 3, and two true interior DTs. It's a tough year for DTs with prototypical size in the state, but multiple out-of-state prospects have expressed interest. Meanwhile, it's a very rich DE class in the state and there are much better pickings there than in 2017. I think Tech ends up with Braden Cassity or Juan Henry at the rush (whoever commits first), SDEs Tyler Lacy and Christian Jones, and tackles Kai Golden and Arian Bhat. Not a star-studded group, but very active and explosive.
LB: 1. None committed. ONE SPOT?!? Well yeah, Tech doesn't lose anybody after this season and made room for Dakota Allen last class. ILB is set for the foreseeable future so I see them taking a lighter outside guy that is comfortable in coverage. I think DaShaun White and Blake Barron get offered at the beginning of the spring and Preston Ellison at the end, and see Ellison pulling the trigger with White committing to A&M and Barron sticking with OSU. TK Wilkerson, Brian Johnson, and Tre Allison are all candidates here too.
DB: 2. None committed. Just two spots for now, with a whole host of prospects available here. Will be very tough for the staff to determine who gets offered here and it's critical to get this right because these guys are going to bridge the gap after all six JUCOs/juniors are gone. I'd be surprised to see many offers go out here in April; instead, look for them to issue out one or two to guys they've been waiting on and the rest coming right around Memorial Day weekend after multiple evaluations of each prospect. I don't think any of the "Green(e)" DBs will end up signing with Tech (Jalen/Gemon/German/JaQuayln). It's a rich class in the state just like DE is, so Tech can't do very wrong with whoever they take, but I think they land one of the Steele kids and a Houston DB. Unfortunately, I don't think Cam Jones recommits.