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Georgia Tech Football: A Transfer Portal Update

The offseason is just beginning, but a lot of pieces are already moving!

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With the season now over, Geoff Collins is moving into his second full offseason and it’s already had quite a few players moving around through the transfer portal, so let’s take a minute and get caught up on all the moves.

Who from Georgia Tech has entered the portal?

James Graham

One of the more notable names on this list, Graham announced his intention to transfer away from Georgia Tech in mid-November after losing the starting job this year to Jeff Sims. He announced on Twitter a couple days ago that he was transferring to Georgia Southern, and personally, I think that will be a great fit for him.

Tucker Gleason

Now, this one is a bit more surprising. Gleason came in as a true freshman this season after being one of the first commits of the 2020 class. After competing for the starting job this year, Gleason did not see much time at all, and with Sims being the guy for the foreseeable future, he likely wanted to go somewhere he will be able to compete for playing time. Though he has not yet announced to where he will be transferring, there has been some speculation that he will join his former high school coach Robert Weiner at Toledo.

Liam Byrne

After graduating this year and having served four years at Georgia Tech in various capacities, both at quarterback and receiver, Byrne looks to be finishing his collegiate career somewhere else through a grad transfer.

Ahmarean Brown

This is probably the most notable name on the list. Brown was one of the players with some of the highest potential on the team. Last year, he tied Calvin Johnson’s record of seven receiving touchdowns, the most for a true freshman at Georgia Tech. Brown announced his decision on Twitter last week.

Jahaziel Lee

In a midseason move, Lee opted to enter his name into the portal back in October after doing a little bit of everything at Georgia Tech through the course of his career.

Justice Dingle

A more recent addition to the portal, Dingle announced his decision towards the end of November after playing on Tech’s defensive line the last couple years. He will join his brother Jordan at Kentucky, as he signed with the Wildcats this morning.

Chico Bennett

I’m not gonna lie, this one hurt. I think Chico Bennett has the potential to be a really good rush end, and I was looking forward to seeing what he could do on the Flats, but he announced his intentions to transfer a few days ago.

Cornelius Evans

Another midseason addition to the portal, Evans opted out of the 2020 season and then announced his decision in October.

Avery Showell

And rounding out the list is Avery Showell, a young safety who got some decent playing time this season behind Juanyeh Thomas.

Who is joining Georgia Tech from the portal?

OT Devin Cochran (from Vanderbilt)

Man, I’m getting some real deja vu with this one. After initially announcing a grad transfer to Georgia Tech last year, head coach Geoff Collins told media that Cochran would not be enrolling towards the beginning of fall practice. Well, he’s back! Cochran announced on Twitter today that he would be enrolling in January in time for Spring practice!

I’ve covered Cochran in the past, so I’ll just leave a link here, but I’m really excited for this one. Cochran should slot in well at left tackle.

OG Nick Pendley (from Mississippi State)

Cochran won’t be the only former SEC offensive lineman joining the team. Offensive guard Nick Pendly announced his intentions to transfer to Georgia Tech just a few weeks ago. Standing at 6-5, 320 pounds, Pendley automatically becomes one of the biggest offensive linemen on the roster, and that should bode well for him. Tech’s offensive line was far from good, so he should certainly be able to compete for a starting spot next year.

DT Makius Scott (from South Carolina)

Tech did a whole lot more than add offensive linemen from the portal; they added a whole bunch of defensive linemen. First among those is 6-4, 300-pound defensive tackle Makius Scott who spent his first season at South Carolina. With his size, Scott will help improve the defensive line.

DE Keion White (from Old Dominion)

Oh man, Tech finally has a good base end! White did not play this last season since Old Dominion opted out of the season, so let’s just take a look at his stat line from the year before: 62 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, and NINETEEN TACKLES FOR LOSS. For reference, Derrick Morgan had 18.5 tackles for loss in 2009. He’s gonna be real good.

DE Kevin Harris (from Alabama)

On the other side, Georgia Tech is adding Kevin Harris who will slot in as a good edge player, joining Jordan Domineck and Jared Ivey.

CB Kenyatta Watson II (from Texas)

Originally a Grayson High School product, Kenyatta Watson is returning home! After spending a couple years in Texas and realizing that maybe they weren’t quite “back” yet, Watson decided to come back to Atlanta.

Who could still join Georgia Tech from the portal?

Of the positions I would like to see Tech add from the transfer portal, the main one is wide receiver. While Ahmarean Brown didn’t do much this season, he still leaves a massive hole in the slot. Now that spot could be filled by a guy like Malik Rutherford, but I would feel better having another veteran come in.

Outside of that, I would also like to see Georgia Tech add some sort of veteran quarterback to serve as a back-up to Jeff Sims. Jordan Yates is a more-than-serviceable back-up, but beyond him and Demetrius Knight (and now Chayden Peery), the quarterback room is very inexperienced.

There’s also this:

The defensive tackle in question here is Ifeanyi Maijeh of Temple. He played briefly this season, but the year before, Maijeh finished with 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He would be an instant starter on Tech’s defensive line in my opinion.

Tech has already worked the portal a good bit, but how would you like to see Tech continue to work it?