Today begins the first chance for recruits to ink their name with their college of choice. The class of 2021 will be unique in that many have never stepped foot on the campus of where they intend to play. Building relationships with the recruits was essential this year and the Georgia Tech staff has made that a point of emphasis.
It is expected that a fair amount of recruits will sign today so we will update as they come in. There are some being announced today who are transfers and there will be a separate article coming as we break each of them down. So don’t worry we didn’t forget about them.
David Shanahan - Punter
The first signing of the morning is David Shanahan from Ireland. He attended ProKick Australia who has developed several D1 prospects who have had successful careers. Shanahan will be highly anticipated by the Tech fans as he will be taking the mantle from Presley Harvin III.
Jakiah Leftwich - Offensive Tackle
Next up is Jakiah Leftwich from Westlake High School that is just down the road from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Leftwich will be a great boon to our offensive line as it continues to focus on getting bigger and impose its will.
Trenilyas Tatam - Linebacker
Tatum was pursued hard by this coaching staff but originally committed to South Carolina. Some shake-up within the Gamecocks program left the door open for Tech. Tatum brings some serious hard-hitting power to an area of the team that has been a little thin. He is the 31st ranked player from Georgia.
James BlackStrain - Wide Receiver
BlackStrain is the highest-rated recruit currently in Tech’s 2021 class coming in as the 298th overall prospect in the nation. He should have an immediate impact next year. He excels at route running which is uncommon for receivers just coming out of high school.
Joshua Robinson - Defensive End
Robinson comes from Douglas County High which lies a few miles west of Atlanta. He had an impressive list of offers from some of the top schools in the nation so Tech can rest assured they have a new threat for opposing quarterbacks.
Noah Collins - Defensive End
Noah adds another piece for Tech at the defensive end position and is one of the many prospects starting to come from Grayson in Loganville, GA. Originally a commit to UCF he will instead keep his talent in the 404.
Grey Carroll - Defensive End
One of the top prospects from the state of Tennessee, Carroll will fit in as a more traditional defensive end. We know your average Tech student is smart but Carroll sports three scholarship offers from Ivy League schools Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.
Malik Rutherford - Wide Receiver
Georgia Tech must like their receivers from Florida. That’s no surprise though as the Sunshine State is known for its athletes with great speed. Rutherford falls into that category of someone who can leave you in the dust. Look for him to make a name in the slot position.
Jamal Haynes - Athlete
Haynes continues the Grayson pipeline and should look to compete among the receivers. He has a smooth stride when running routes and has plenty of highlights involving returns on special teams. That will be a key spot he can help Tech.
Zeek Biggers - Defensive Tackle
Finding guys who can command the center of the line on defense isn’t an easy task. Tech will look to Zeek’s imposing size to get that job done in the coming years. He hails from the heart of ACC country in Mount Ulla, North Carolina.
Leo Blackburn - Tight End
A fellow teammate of Jakiah Leftwich, Blackburn is one of the top players in the state of Georgia. His services as a Tight End were highly sought after from teams around the country. Expect Blackburn to contribute early in his career at Tech.
Weston Franklin - Offensive Guard
Franklin had a lot of offers from rival ACC schools but he elected to stay in his home state with the Yellow Jackets. He is one of the better guards in the nation ranking at 26th overall. It is possible he could see some work at center as well.
Ben Postma - Tight End
Postma comes from Cypress, Texas which is outside of Tech’s usual area of recruiting. He will bring another contender into the tight end position as it begins to get deep for the next few years.
Chayden Peery - Quarterback
Peery will make the trip across the country from California next year. There wasn’t any athletics in California this year but he led a successful Sierra Canyon team in one of LA county’s competitive regions. He should push Sims come next season.
Sirad Bryant - Defensive Back
Sirad should look to get into the Safety rotation. He was one of the few recruits to get on campus by attending a camp back in January. He adds another top 50 player from the state of Georgia into the class.
Kaleb Edwards - Defensive Back
Make that another top 50 player from the state while we are at it. Edwards too should look to play safety or see some time at nickel. His offer list is extensive with plenty of regional foes being beaten out by Tech.