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Georgia Tech Recruiting: DE Sylvain Yondjouen signs with Tech!

The Collins Trolley flips a Belgian DE from Arizona!

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On an Early National Signing Day filled with high-profile flips, Tech nabbed another of its own: three-star DE Sylvain Yondjouen from Belgium. Yondjouen had been committed to Arizona since late November, but after visiting campus last week, he made the decision to flip on Signing Day.

Yondjouen is rated the #1 recruit in the country (of Belgium) and seems poised to follow in the footsteps of fellow ACC alum and European-born defensive end, Bjoern Werner (formerly of the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars). He had offers from around the nation, including Colorado, Cincinnati, UMass, and Temple, but defensive guru Geoff Collins convinced him to come play on the Flats. At 6’4” and 232 pounds, Yondjouen adds size and speed to a defensive line that lost a lot of talent to graduation. He's explosive off the line and wields his frame to muscle past defenders. Once he’s on the Flats, he’ll need to clean up his technique to help him compete against ACC offensive linemen. Yondjouen has the measurables to be an NFL talent, but he just needs a little bit of development to mold his raw potential into an effective threat on the Tech defensive line. Tori McElhaney, who covers the Jackets for The Athletic, added that Yondjouen is expected to enroll early, so he’ll have plenty of time to work on his technique in spring practice.

With its second flipped recruit of the week, the Collins Trolley chugs along towards an exciting 2019. Even in a transitional year, Coach Collins has kept together the Jackets’ 2019 recruiting class and added even more talent along the way, building a full head of steam as we roll into next season.

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