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Recruiting: 3-Star Atlanta DE Cortez Alston Commits to Georgia Tech

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The Yellow Jackets finally get some help on the defensive line in this class.

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Georgia Tech picked up another commitment last night, and it came at a position at which the Jackets desperately need help - defensive line.

Cortez Alston is a three-star DE according to the 247 Sports Composite (0.8534). Alston played his high school football at the Westminister School in Atlanta. He is listed at 6’3”, 250 pounds.

Alston’s other top offers were from some pretty big programs - Tennessee, Notre Dame, USC, Michigan State. It is a welcome sight to see Tech get a player targeted by schools like that.

Alston’s highlights showcase a solid, consistent player. He doesn’t necessarily wow you, but he’s a good football player whose skills will hopefully translate to the next level. At his size, he could remain a defensive end or transition into more of a defensive tackle with a little strength and weight gain. But overall, this is an exciting pickup for Ted Roof’s defense. This is a great Christmas present for Roof and the rest of the Georgia Tech staff.

With some recent shake-up, Alston is the 14th commitment in the 2017 class. Here’s how the class looks now:

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Position Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Composite Commit Date Status
Position Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Composite Commit Date Status
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8646) 6/16/2016 Enrolled (1/9/2017)
DB Gentry Bonds 6-1 190 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8545) 8/18/2016 Enrolled (1/9/2017)
P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8145) 3/7/2016 Committed (3/7/2016)
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8154) 6/5/2016 Committed (6/5/2016)
LB TD Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8347) 6/6/2016 Committed (6/6/2016)
K Joseph Bulovas 6-0 205 Mandeville, LA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8099) 6/10/2016 Committed (6/10/2016)
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8472) 6/11/2016 Committed (6/11/2016)
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8396) 7/19/2016 Committed (7/19/2016)
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8403) 7/24/2016 Committed (7/24/2016)
DB Tre' Swilling 6-0 180 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8752) 8/22/2016 Committed (8/22/2016)
LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling 6-0 215 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 4-star (0.9230) 8/23/2016 Committed (8/23/2016)
RB Jerry Howard, Jr. 6-0 210 Rock Hill, SC 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8092) 11/21/2016 Committed (11/21/2016)
QB Tobias Oliver 6-2 180 Warner Robins, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8374) 11/27/2016 Committed (11/27/2016)
DL Cortez Alston 6-3 250 Atlanta, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8534) 12/21/2016 Committed (12/21/2016)
OL Charlie Clark 6-4 270 Atlanta, GA 2-star (5.3) 2-star (0.7951) 1/9/2017 Committed (1/9/2017)

Congratulations to Cortez and his family!