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Georgia Tech Recruiting: 2021 LB Reclassifies to 2020, Commits to Tech

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Well this was a surprise

NCAA Football: Duke at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

LB Jared Behrens of Virginia reclassified from the class of 2021 to the class of 2020 and committed to Georgia Tech, becoming the 7th commit in the 2020 class and the first linebacker.

Since he was previously a member of the class of 2021, there isn’t much information out there about Behrens. He is unranked by both services and doesn’t have a complete offer list. He was offered by Coach Collins back in March and took a trip to the flats soon after. Behrens’ primary recruiters were Coach Wiesehan and Coach Thacker. He also visited UVA in March, but there were no reports of an offer at this time.

Behrens recently competed in The Opening in Miami, and posted some impressive numbers:

Measuring at 6-3 and 201 lbs at the event, he posted an impressive 4.61 40 time and 4.34 Shuttle. He was on the lighter side at that event, but his frame can easily carry more weight.

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From the first couple of plays it is apparent that Behrens has a great understanding of his responsibilities in zone coverage, which is something that Tech linebackers over the past few years have struggled to do. He has a long frame and uses it well against blockers in the run game. He maintains leverage and sheds blocks with ease, making him a highly effective edge defender. This is another versatile LB in the mold that Coach Collins has prioritized early on during his tenure on the flats. Behrens could play a number of roles within the new defense. He could be a stand-up pass rusher or cover zones in space. His ability to shed blocks could also help him in the interior of the defense. As these coaches do, he’ll be tested in a number of roles until the right fit is found.

Welcome to the Flats!