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Meet Georgia Tech’s 2019 early recruiting class

New Georgia Tech head football coach Geoff Collins will welcome his first recruiting class, starting Wednesday with the start of the early signing period.

Fifteen recruits — put together by Collins and outgoing coach Paul Johnson and his staff — signed before 10 a.m.

Tech did miss out on a number of commits, including highly rated safety Briton Allen.  

Here are the members of Tech’s 2019 Class as they announced:

• Demetrius Knight
Position: Quarterback 
Height, weight: 6-2, 220 
School: Strong Rock Christian (Henry County) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): three stars, No. 123 player in Georgia, No. 30 dual-threat quarterback in nation 
Other offers: Tennessee Tech 
Time announced: 7:06 a.m. 
Committed: June 2018 
About Knight: Four-year starter at Strong Rock Christian ... First Division I football player from his school … Also played running back and defensive back during his career ... Former Falcons star cornerback DeAngelo Hall is his cousin ... Recruited by cornerbacks coach Joe Speed

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• Devin Ellison
Position: Running back
Height, weight: 5-9, 195
School: Bartram Trail (St. John’s, Fla.)
Rating (247 Sports composite): three stars
Rating: three stars, No. 150 player in Florida, No. 73 all-purpose back in nation
Other offers: Wake Forest, Purdue, Temple, Princeton, Harvard
Time announced: 7:10 a.m.
Committed: March 2018
About Ellison: Ran for school-record 3,345 yards in career ... Named to Florida Times-Union’s Super 24 team as a senior ... Holds a 4.1 GPA ... Cousin Darian Stewart played football at South Carolina and is in ninth season in the NFL ... Recruited by A-backs coach Lamar Owens 

• Jamal Camp
Position: Defensive lineman
Height, weight: 6-2, 275
School: South Forsyth (Cumming)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 161 player in the state, No. 99 defensive tackle in the nation
Other offers: Tennessee, Tulane, James Madison
Time announced: 7:18 a.m.
Committed: August 2018
About Camp: Younger brother of Tech wide receiver Jalen Camp ... Made 106 tackles in final two seasons at South Forsyth ... Can power clean 355 pounds ... Recruited by quarterbacks/B-backs coach Craig Candeto

 

• Zach Owens, wide receiver, Marietta (Pope)
Position: Wide receiver
Height, weight: 6-3, 198 
School: Pope High (Cobb County) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 91 player in state of Georgia, No. 111 wide receiver in nation 
Other offers: South Alabama, Troy, Buffalo 
Time announced: 7:24 a.m. 
Committed: April 2018 
About Owens: 3,066 all-purpose yards in his final three seasons, scoring 31 touchdowns ... Often lined up in backfield ... Recruited by wide receivers coach Buzz Preston

 

• D’Quan Douse
Position: Defensive lineman
Height, weight: 6-3, 250
School: Calvary Day School (Savannah)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 140 player in the state, No. 82 weakside defensive end in nation
Other offers: Kentucky, UCF, USF, Yale
Time announced: 7:28 a.m.
Committed: August 2018
About Douse: Three-time all-region selection … Played tight end as a sophomore and was a two-time captain in basketball ... Recruited by A-backs coach Lamar Owens ... Brothers Dontre’ and D’Davis both played football at Savannah State ... Shows ability to explode off the edge, uncoil and wrap up ball-carriers ... High achiever in classroom

• Jordan Yates
Position: Quarterback
Height, weight: 6-0, 186
School: Milton (Alpharetta)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 102 player in Georgia, No. 22 dual-threat quarterback in the nation
Other offers: Cincinnati, Tulane, Georgia State, Dartmouth
Time announced: 7:33 a.m.
Committed: June 2018
About Yates: Led Milton to Class AAAAAAA state championship, the first state title in school history ... Played with coach Geoff Collins watching from sidelines ... In final two seasons, accumulated 6,452 yards of total offense and accounted for 65 touchdowns ... two-year captain ... Recruited by quarterbacks/B-backs coach Craig Candeto ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Uncle is former North Carolina and NFL quarterback T.J. Yates ... Can throw with touch and accuracy and shows toughness and elusiveness as a runner

• Jordan Huff
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 6-2, 185 
School: Morgan County 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 75 player in the state, No. 41 athlete in the country 
Other offers: Michigan State, Tennessee, Louisville, Pittsburgh 
Time announced: 7:38 a.m. 
Committed: August 2018 
About Huff: Will be an early enrollee ... Versatile athlete played wide receiver and running back besides defensive back, where he was used as a corner and sometimes in the box ... Was recruited by offensive line coach Mike Sewak ... Was previously committed to Michigan State

 

• Jeremiah Smith
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 6-2, 190
School: Grayson (Gwinnett County) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 122 player in the state, No. 110 safety in the nation 
Other offers: Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Indiana, Temple 
Time announced: 7:43 a.m. 
Committed: February 2018 
About Smith: Was the first player to commit to the 2019 class ... Also a standout baseball player ... Recruited by safeties coach Shiel Wood ... Four-year letter winner for the state powerhouse Rams

• Dylan Deveney
Position: Tight end 
Height, weight: 6-6, 255 
School: The Hunt School (Medford, N.J.) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 27 player in New Jersey, No. 55 tight end in nation 
Other offers: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Temple 
Time announced: 7:47 a.m. 
Committed: December 2018 
About Deveney: Will be the first tight end on the roster since 2007, the year prior to coach Paul Johnson’s hire ... Had been committed to Rutgers, but switched commitment to Georgia Tech after an official visit this past weekend ... Was also a standout baseball and basketball player who was initially committed to Lafayette to play baseball ... Started playing football as a senior in the middle of the season at Shawnee High in Medford, N.J., and then played a post-graduate season at the Hun School to broaden his recruitment ... Shows exceptional hands and body control

 

• Kalani Norris
Position: Wide receiver
Height, weight: 6-0, 180
School: Christopher Columbus (Miami) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 84 player in Florida, No. 87 wide receiver in nation 
Other offers: Texas A&M, Ole Miss, N.C. State, Temple 
Time announced: 7:54 a.m. 
Committed: October 2018 
About Norris: Four-year letter winner who helped team to state championship game this season in Class 8A (largest classification) ... All-Dade County honoree ... Recruited by wide receivers coach Buzz Preston ... Shows quick acceleration off the line, good hands, fights for extra yards

 

• Wesley Walker
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 6-1, 190 
School: Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 19 player in Tennessee, No. 58 cornerback in nation 
Other offers: Notre Dame, Virginia, LSU, Mississippi State 
Time announced: 8:04 a.m. 
Committed: August 2018 
About Walker: Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN ...  Has also returned kicks and played wide receiver ... High school teammate of Tech cornerback Jaylon King ... Shows good anticipation, ball skills, tackling form ... Recruited by inside linebackers coach Andy McCollum

• Tony Amerson 
Position: Running back
Height, weight: 5-11, 220
School: St. James (Montgomery, Ala.)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 39 player in Alabama, No. 68 running back in nation
Other offers: Purdue, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Illinois
Time announced: 8:08 a.m.
Committed: June 2018
About Amerson: Set multiple school records, including career rushing yards (5,082) ... First in city of Montgomery to clear 5,000 rushing yards for career ... Shows good vision, ability to shrug off tackles, has a burst in the hole ... Has a nose for the end zone with 55 touchdowns as a junior and senior, hence the nickname “Touchdown Tony” ... Recruited by wide receivers coach Buzz Preston

• Chico Bennett 
Position: Linebacker
Height, weight: 6-4, 215
School: Battle Ground Academy in Tennessee (Ashburn, Va.)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 35 player in Tennessee, No. 70 outside linebacker in the nation
Other offers: Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Purdue 
Time announced: 8:13 a.m. 
Committed: June 2018 
About Bennett: Chose Tech over Virginia and Tennessee .. Both parents (father Chico Sr. and mother Marcie) were both college athletes ... First-team all-state selection as a junior ... Three-sport athlete who also played basketball and ran track ... Recruited by inside linebackers coach Andy McCollum ... Shows good footwork and change of direction

• Kenan Johnson
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 6-1, 175
School: Lake Minneola (Minneola, Fla.)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 131 player in Florida, No. 91 cornerback in the nation
Other offers: North Carolina, UCF, Temple, Cincinnati
Time announced: 8:18 a.m. 
Committed: December 2018 
About Johnson: Had been committed to North Carolina, but withdrew decision in December and switched to Tech on the same day after official visit in Atlanta ... Intercepted 12 passes as a junior and senior ... Brother Kenyon is a wide receiver at UCF ... Noticeable speed and catches the ball easily ... Recruited by cornerbacks coach Joe Speed

• Jared Southers
Position: Offensive lineman
Height, weight: 6-5, 315
School: Vanderbilt (grad transfer)
Time announced: 9:06 a.m.
Committed: December 2018
About Southers: Southers, from New Jersey, played three seasons at Vanderbilt and will leave as a grad transfer ... He had briefly been committed to Temple prior to coach Geoff Collins’ job change but switched to Georgia Tech this weekend on an official visit ... Played offensive tackle, guard and center at Vanderbilt, starting four games and playing in 27 ... Tepresents a switch in body type likely to be recruited by Collins. At 310, Southers is tied for second heaviest offensive lineman on the roster ... Southers indicated that he will graduate in December, making him eligible to enroll at Tech in January and participate in spring practice ... Recruited by Collins

• Sylvain Yondjouen
Position: Defensive lineman
Height, weight: 6-4, 235
School: Don Bosco (from Ruisbroek, Belgium)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 1 player in Belgium, No. 47 weakside defensive end in U.S.
Other offers: Arizona, Temple, Colorado
Time announced: 12:27 p.m.
Committed: December 
About Yondjouen: Yondjouen had been committed to Arizona since late November before having a late change of heart ... He came to Tech on an official visit this past weekend .. Will enroll in January ... Has played football for four years after being introduced to it as a 16-year-old ... Is connected with the same private Europe-based coach, Brandon Collier, who connected Tech with German defensive end Julius Welschof, who was committed to Tech last year before switching to Michigan at the last minute ... Recruited by Collins

Ahmarean Brown
Position: Wide receiver
Height, weight: 5-10, 165
School: Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)
Rating (247 Sports composite): Three stars, No. 83 player in state of Florida, No. 85 wide receiver in nation
Other offers: Alabama, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Minnesota
Time announced: 2:04 p.m.
Committed: December 2018
About Brown: Was offered by coach Geoff Collins and announced his decision on Wednesday. … At 5-10, does not the fit the prototype for receivers in coach Paul Johnson’s offense, but clearly had interest of other power-conference schools … Will enroll in January … Ran 100-meter dash in 10.40 seconds. … Caught 38 passes for 726 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior

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