Brooks was assigned No. 20. As was the case with Tech’s single-digit jersey wearers last season, Collins will award those coveted numbers based on their commitment to the team.
“Well, I’ll earn 7,” Brooks told the AJC in June, before his arrival at Tech this past weekend. “Whenever they decide to put me in it, I’ll make sure that I take good care of it.”
Another interesting assignment went to running back Jahmyr Gibbs, rated the No. 75 prospect in the 2020 class (247Sports Composite). Collins gave him No. 21, worn most famously (and in succession) by Tech greats Calvin Johnson and Jonathan Dwyer.
Other assignments: linebacker Tyson Meiguez (26), defensive end Kyle Kennard (31), linebacker Khatavian Franks (34), defensive end Jared Ivey (35), linebacker Khaya Wright (37), offensive lineman Paula Vaipulu (60), offensive lineman Wing Green (76), wide receiver Ryan King (84), tight end Billy Ward (85), wide receiver Nate McCollum (88), wide receiver Avery Boyd (89) and defensive lineman Emmanuel Johnson (91).
Numbers for the early enrollees: quarterback Tucker Gleason (16), quarterback Jeff Sims (17), cornerback Jalen Huff (29), offensive linemen Jordan Williams (50), Ryan Spiers (71) and Michael Rankins (74) and defensive lineman Akelo Stone (97).
On Tuesday, the team also announced on its Twitter account that Collins had awarded the No. 4 jersey to cornerback Jaytlin Askew, who previously wore No. 33.
Wrote Askew on his Twitter page, “Might not understand how important it is unless you’re on the team, but it’s an unbelievable honor to represent a single digit on my team!”