As a Recruit
Back in June, the Jackets received a strong verbal commitment from Trent Sellers after a weekend visit. Sellers was unranked at the time, but since then he has been upgraded to a three-star by many recruiting services after a solid senior year. The defensive end out of Sandy Creek High School (home of Georgia Tech standouts Calvin Johnson, Isaiah Johnson, and Corey Griffin, among others) collected 66 tackles and 6.5 sacks, as well as 29 QB hurries, in the 2014 season. Trent comes from a football family - his father played at Auburn - and will play a big part in reloading on the defensive line in the upcoming seasons.
Trent’s senior film doesn’t disappoint. Right off the bat you can tell his pursuit is relentless, even after first contact. Many times, you’ll see him get blocked initially, but he stays with the play and clogs up running lanes pretty well, often making the tackle. (Note: the second play of the film highlights an offensive tackle by accident; this is not Trent. Rather, Trent is the DE who promptly obliterates said tackle.)
Another thing that jumps off the screen at you is his speed. Sellers clocked a 4.71 40 time, which is pretty dang good for a DE out of high school. He shows his great speed when he closes on QBs and when he dives across the middle to stop escaping RBs just in time.
What to Expect
Sellers is one of those recruits who has definitely flown under the radar for most of his senior year. With an experienced, aging (for lack of a better word), and somewhat understaffed defensive line at Tech right now, Sellers should have the opportunity to earn some playing time early on. His speed and relentless pursuit will almost certainly be put to good use in Ted Roof’s 4-3 or 4-2-5 schemes - it is just a matter of when.