Brentavious Glanton became Georgia Tech's 19th commitment August 12th, 2014, breaking a two week streak since the last commitment in the class. (He'd finish as the 18th player to commit after the departure of Brandon Singleton.) His was an interesting case, as typically the coaches want players to come to one of Georgia Tech's summer camps in order to earn an offer. However, Glanton's film was impressive enough, and the coaches pulled the trigger on an offer. Shortly after, he joined Kyle Cerge-Henderson and Scott Morgan as the three defensive tackles in the recruiting class.
As a Recruit
Glanton stands at 6'2", 280lbs, and hails from Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, GA. He committed to Georgia Tech over offers from various high-level programs -- Cal, Cincinnati, NC State, and Tennessee, to name a few. Recruited by DL Coach Mike Pelton, Glanton received his offer in early May and made his decision by the beginning of his senior season. In high school, he played offensive tackle as well as defensive line, and was a major leader for the team.
Glanton was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals (5.5) and the 247Sports Composite (.8432).
Glanton's style is unique for a defensive tackle, seemingly involving more finesse and agility rather than the usual display of power you'd see from that spot. It's not that Glanton can't show power (he certainly can), but the biggest plays for him are ones where he's able to get around his blocker instead of going through him. Still, he does show the strength and understanding of leverage to execute a bull rush when necessary. Glanton is also really active with his hands, both in fighting his blocker and in batting down passes in coverage.
One of the biggest things Glanton will need to work on as he translates his game to the college level is his pad level. If you watch most of the plays above, the ball is snapped and Glanton effectively stands straight up. Luckily, his strength and agility are valuable and served him well in high school, but staying low and maintaining leverage will be important in big-time college football.
What to Expect
In Glanton's case, there's good news and bad news here. The good news is that entering spring practice, the Yellow Jackets are very short on interior defensive linemen. They are returning Adam Gotsis, Patrick Gamble, and Francis Kallon, and hope to add Jabari Hunt-Days to that mix as well. Even still, it's likely that a minimum of 5 players will be in the rotation for the DT and NT spots. That said, with three freshmen coming in, it's likely that at least one of them will see some playing time as a true freshman.
The bad news is that I would expect the other two to redshirt, and only one of three is on campus right now preparing to go through spring practice (Kyle Cerge-Henderson). Glanton is a talented lineman who has a college-ready body, but as of now I would expect him to start the season out with a redshirt on, only being removed in case of injury or attrition.
Congratulations on your commitment, Brentavious! Welcome to Georgia Tech!
Do you like how Glanton's game translates to big-time college football? Think he's one who plays as a true freshman?