It was a big day for Geoff Collins and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they added two players from Gainesville: offensive tackle Jordan Williams from Gainesville High School in Georgia and former five-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton who is transferring from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Fl.
Clayton got the day started, making his announcement earlier this afternoon.
While at Florida, Clayton dealt with a number of injuries which limited his playing time. In his three seasons in Gainesville, which includes a redshirt year last season since he only played three games, Clayton accumulated 11 tackles and one sack.
The numbers don’t seem great, and it’s probably not great that he was unable to break into the starting lineup with the Gators, but a change of scenery and a clean bill of health could do wonders for him, and Tech needs some serious help on the defensive line after losing every single starter from last season.
A large reason for Clayton’s decision of Tech — this is me reading between the lines — is likely his relationship with Geoff Collins. In his initial announcement of his intentions to transfer, Clayton mentioned Collins by name. Collins was also one of his primary recruiters at Florida before leaving to take the head coaching job at Temple.
Just 20 minutes after Clayton’s announcement, Gainesville offensive tacke Jordan Williams announced that he would be Tech’s sixth commitment.
Williams is rated as a three-star recruit by both Rivals (5.5) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8516). He committed to Tech other other reported offers from South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, and Duke.
What intrigues me the most about Williams is his size. According to Rivals, Williams is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, which would make him one of Tech’s biggest offensive linemen right now. After not bringing in any offensive line in the last class, I imagine that Collins is making that more of a priority this year.
Be sure to check out William’s film below!
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