Tyler Cooksey, high-3-star linebacker at Greater Atlanta Christian High School and son of former Yellow Jacket Tom Cooksey, has made his dad proud on Fathers' Day and committed to play at Georgia Tech.
I'm proud say I've verbally committed to Georgia Tech. I'm going to continue the Cooksey legacy. GO JACKETS!! pic.twitter.com/cmzZcqh0pE— Tyler Cooksey (@tylercooksey) June 15, 2014
Cooksey becomes the 9th commitment for the Class of 2015, and the first linebacker in the class. He's currently rated the 45th-best player overall in the state of Georgia, and the #21 inside linebacker nationally. At 6'3", 220lbs, he's a big kid with room left to grow. He commits to Georgia Tech over nearly 20 FBS offers from schools in the ACC, Big 10, Big XII, and SEC, and in particular over North Carolina. His father, Tom, played on the 1978 team alongside Eddie Lee Ivery, and won the Dean George Griffin Award as the team's most improved player.
Cooksey's film shows why he is rated as highly as he is. The first thing that jumps out to me is that he is a very good, fundamentally-sound tackler. He also shows good strength and aggression, as well as a lot of self-control to make sure that he's not caught out of position. He shows intelligence in pass coverage, knowing when to break off of his assignment to track down a QB.
Cooksey is rated a 3-star Linebacker by Rivals (5.7) and the 247Sports Composite (.8589).
Excited by Cooksey's commitment? Think he'll be even better than his father was at Georgia Tech?