With National Signing Day today, recruits from all over the country are sending in their letters of intent to their future college.
Despite missing out on a couple of key targets yesterday, Georgia Tech's recruiting class is still in very good shape with some of the recruits which make it up.
But which one of them is the single most important one?
DT Brandon Adams
Adams, a three-star commit from Brentwood, Tenn., will provide Tech with something that it has been missing for a long time now: a space eater. Coming in at 6 feet 3 inches and 315 pounds, Adams is already the biggest player on Tech's defense. I believe he is a guy who could plug in at nose tackle immediately. The ACC is always filled with some dynamite running backs, so having good run-stoppers is vital to having a strong defense.
DE Jordan Woods
As important as run stopping is, pass rushing is just as important. Though there are some good running backs, college football in its present form is a pass-dominated league. With that, getting to the quarterback is important, and that's what Jordan Woods is really good at. Rated as a four-star and standing at 6 feet 4 inches and 255 pounds, Woods is another guy that could have an impact immediately at either defensive end spot.
OL Parker Braun
I don't need to remind y'all of how bad our offensive line was last year. Y'all can literally watch any of Tech's games from last season and see how bad the line was. That's why Parker Braun's commitment is so important. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches and 275 pounds and rated as a three-star recruit, Braun is built in the mold of his older brother Trey. Parker could very well end up taking Trey's spot this year.
DT Chris Martin
Chris Martin isn't a guy that will probably play right away. He's still pretty small for a defensive tackle at 6 feet 2 inches and 260 pounds, but he had a very important job in Tech's recruiting class this year: he was a recruiter, and arguably the best. Ever since his initial commitment, the three-star product has been actively recruiting players for Tech, but that really increased this past month with the official visits. There were six players not committed to Tech that visited on the same weekend that Martin visited. Tech got four of them (Romeo Finley and Baylen Buchanan being the other two).
S Jarett Cole
Like Martin, Cole will probably need some time to develop, but also played in a vital role as a recruiter. He too was on the Jan. 15 visit that resulted in four additions to Tech's recruiting class (two of those players, by the way, made this list). Standing at 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, Cole is being projected to play in the Nickel position.
AB Xavier Gantt
Lastly, we have Tech's original commit of the 2016 class. Like both Martin and Cole, Xavier Gantt has been recruiting for Tech since he committed. Also like these two, Gantt was on that Jan. 15 visit. I think Gantt has an edge over the other two, though, in that I believe Gantt arguably has a higher ceiling as a player. His speed and dynamic abilities will pay great dividends at A-back for the Yellow Jackets. Though at only 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, he'll probably need to bulk up a little bit before he sees much playing time.
These are all very great additions to Tech's football team in 2016 and beyond, and this is honestly a very tough decision for me. Seriously, if it wasn't, I probably wouldn't have listed six options. What I really love about Tech's class as a whole is that there isn't that one player that stands out above the rest. We have quite a few players who will all have significant impacts for the Jackets in their time on the Flats.
That being said, I am still going to pick someone, so drumroll please! The most important player in Tech's recruiting class this year is ...
Defensive tackle Brandon Adams! As I said earlier, Adams' run stopping and space eating abilities are something that Tech has been missing for years. I haven't been shy in my projections that he will start this year, and with that I believe that he will be a catalyst for Tech's defensive line for the next four seasons.
Congratulations to the entire recruiting class of 2016! We at FTRS cannot wait to see what you accomplish on the Flats! Go Jackets!
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