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Georgia Tech Football: Recruiting Classes Revisited 2014

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Let’s take one last look at this pretty solid class!

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at North Carolina Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Well as we wrap up this week, we’re going to conclude with the remnants of the 2014 class, who played their final season last year before ranking the class. This class was ranked 54th overall by 247 Sports and 47th overall by Rivals.

Georgia Tech 2014 Recruiting Class

Name Position Height Weight Hometown Rivals 247 Sports Composite
Name Position Height Weight Hometown Rivals 247 Sports Composite
Myles Autry AB 5-11 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.6) 4-star (0.8906)
Step Durham CB 5-11 175 Jacksonville, FL 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8793)
C.J. Leggett BB 5-10 210 Suwanee, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8737)
Keshun Freeman DE 6-4 230 Hogansville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8559)
Qua Searcy AB 5-11 170 Barnesville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8509)
Andrew Marshall OL 6-4 265 Cumming, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8502)
Jake Stickler OL 6-5 263 Bradenton, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8488)
Lance Austin CB 5-10 170 Barnesville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8465)
Lawrence Austin CB 5-9 170 Barnesville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8450)
Tyler Merriweather DE 6-3 220 Demopolis, AL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8448)
Trey Klock OL 6-4 260 Hummelstown, PA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8440)
Jalen Johnson S 6-3 190 Oneonta, AL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8395)
Matthew Jordan QB 6-2 205 Jackson, AL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8370)
Gary Brown OL 6-3 285 Tampa, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8325)
Kenderius Whitehead DE 6-5 220 Milledgeville, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8322)
Michael Preddy DE 6-3 270 Charleston, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8290)
Antonio Simmons DE 6-3 190 Jacksonville, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8247)
Terrell Lewis LB 6-2 215 Ocoee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8217)
Tre Jackson LB 5-10 235 Valdosta, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8215)
Jake Whitley OL 6-4 295 North Augusta, SC 3-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8059)
Clinton Lynch AB 6-0 185 Norcross, GA 2-star (5.4) 2-star (0.7817)

Who Didn’t Make It?

Despite some of those that were pretty fondly remembered from this class, there were also a number of players who didn’t quite make it through their time at Georgia Tech.

CJ Leggett was touted by some as a future option at B-back for Paul Johnson, but never got to make his mark, as he was dismissed for violation of team rules as a redshirt sophomore.

Jake Stickler played along the offensive line for Georgia Tech before ending his career due to medical concerns around the same time AJ Gray did.

Gary Brown left the team following its 3-9 campaign in 2015 to pursue a career in art.

Michael Preddy left football altogether before the 2016 season after falling behind in the depth chart.

Jake Whitley went on medical redshirt right before the 2016 season started.

Myles Autry...lol

Top 5 Players From The Class

  1. Clinton Lynch
  2. Antonio Simmons
  3. Matthew Jordan
  4. Step Durham
  5. Qua Searcy

Honorable Mention: Austin Twins

Of course Clinton “MY PRESIDENT” Lynch was going to be the number one player. Despite coming in as one of the lowest ranked players in this class, it seemed like every time he got his hands on the ball, something exciting happened.

I know Matthew Jordan seems a little high, but I put a lot of his stock into one of my favorite games to watch, a game that came to be known as the “Matthew Jordan special.”

Conclusion

This class brought some very memorable players to the Flats, despite also bringing a whole bunch of folks who never really did much. I think the biggest thing this class suffers from is a true superstar of a player. There were some playmakers, like Lynch, but this class didn’t quite have someone that was that superstar.

What are your final thoughts on the 2014 class?