ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 13: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils on October 13, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Georgia Tech adds 2 offensive linemen, loses out on defensive lineman

While Georgia Tech’s big news on signing day was the addition of Dalton High running Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech announced the signing of an offensive lineman from Florida who had been committed to the school since last April and a graduate-transfer offensive lineman from Vanderbilt.

Offensive tackle Cade Kootsouradis of Crestview, Fla., was announced as the team’s first signee of signing day Wednesday morning.

Kootsouradis, 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, committed to Tech last spring, but was not part of the December signees as it appeared that Tech coaches were managing the roster and waiting to see how many players, either high-school seniors or transfers, would sign. Kootsouradis actually had a signing ceremony, but his signing was not announced by the school.

He became the 22nd high-school senior to join the class and the 24th signee, counting grad-transfer offensive linemen Ryan Johnson from Tennessee and Devin Cochran of Vanderbilt. Cochran announced his decision Jan. 26. The team made its own announcement Wednesday. They were joined later by Gibbs, making the class 25 deep.

Including Cochran and Johnson, Tech has now added add eight scholarship offensive linemen to the roster, adding a mix of experience and youth to a spot that needed help with depth.

Tech did lose out on one signing-day announcement as Metter High defensive end T.J. Davis, who chose Florida State over Tech. Davis was a prospect whose stock rose quickly in December and January. After having no power-five scholarship offers at the end of the season, he picked up offers from Tech, FSU and Arizona in the past several weeks.

The athletic department sent out a news release announcing the three signings in the early afternoon, an indication that the team was not expecting any more additions.

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