Out of the 24 members of Georgia Tech’s 2017 signing class, 20 are ranked 3-star athletes by 247 Sports and the signing class members don’t care.
Georgia Tech’s signing class was ranked No. 42 by ESPN with No. 17 running back Bruce Jordan-Swillling and brother, No. 27 cornerback Tre Swilling the most notable acquisitions. The 4-star Jordan-Swilling, who will play linebacker as a Yellow Jacket, is the highest ranked member of Tech’s signing class.
“Rankings, they don’t mean anything at all,” cornerback Dameon Williams said. “Stars don’t mean anything to me. I’ve seen all of (the signing class members) play. I like watching film, so I’ve watched all of their film but they’re wonderful to me and I don’t think about the ranking status or none of that.”
Williams, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds from Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., is one of six 3-star defensive backs in Tech’s signing class.
Offensive tackle Zach Quinney, a 3-star senior from Savannah, Ga., has already bonded with his signing class over the past few months of recruiting and that the 24 commits intend to prove their worth when football camp starts in the summer.
“I feel like everyone we have is really underrated,” Quinney said. “We all just kind of want to go in and work really hard and prove everyone wrong that everyone’s underrated. A lot of the guys that are committed, they were doubted their entire high school career and just got a couple offers, but they’re trying to go in and prove a point that they should be there.”
Unranked kicker Brenton King, unranked wide receiver Adonicas Sanders and 2-star offensive guard Charlie Clark are the lowest ranked recruits in Tech’s signing class. Clark, from the Marist School in Atlanta, Ga., doesn’t worry about stars and percentages because he knows his worth will be determined once he gets on the field
“Once you get on campus it doesn’t really matter — it just comes down to who’s really got it and then and who’s going to compete in camp and in the weight room and who’s going to use the best technique and grow and improve their game,” Clark said.
Clark committed to Tech on Jan. 9, flipping his commitment from Tulane.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.
Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.