Newly hired Georgia Tech football coach Geoff Collins speaks during a news conference Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Atlanta.
Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore
Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore

Tight end Deveney commits to Georgia Tech

Dylan Deveney committed to Georgia Tech Monday night. The tight end will be the first prospect at the position for new head coach Geoff Collins.

Deveney was recruited by Collins before he left Temple for Georgia Tech. Deveney, from Medford, N.J., originally committed to Rutgers but withdrew his intention on Sunday.

In a social media post Monday, complete with photos of Deveney in a Georiga Tech uniform with Collins, he wrote: “First, I would like to thank all the coaches who have recruited me. I would like to thank all my coaches, my parents, and my teammates for having my back through everything and this process. I am very excited to announce that I have committed to Georgia Tech.”

Since his hire, Collins has put a late rush on Deveney, hoping to add tight ends to the roster, as the Jackets don’t have any players at that position. Coach Paul Johnson’s offense did not require any. Deveney received a home visit from Collins last Sunday and then took an official visit to Tech this weekend.

Deveney will sign on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, he said by text message Sunday night. In addition to Georgia Tech and Rutgers, he was considering Pittsburgh and Penn.

Deveney is an important prospect for Collins’ class as the Jackets’ roster is devoid of tight ends because the position was not part of coach Paul Johnson’s offense.

Deveney graduated from Shawnee High in Medford, N.J., this past spring and is now playing a post-graduate year at the Hun School in Princeton, N.J.

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