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Georgia Tech Recruiting: 2020 Defensive Line

Will two signees develop into the anchors of the future defense?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Pitt at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A common theme for much of Georgia Tech’s team last year was young and undersized. With only Brentavious Glanton leaving this year there will be plenty of competition among the returnees to bulk up this offseason and be a factor on the line. With a more solid front, Georgia Tech’s defense can improve upon allowing 215 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry.

Two players will join the mix who will fit the mold of a more traditional defensive end by lining up over the offensive tackles, though both have the frame to bulk up and move inside.

Akelo Stone | Jenkins | 6’2” 252lbs | 3-star Rivals and 247

Stone brings in a long wingspan that Coach Collins likes to emphasize in his defenders. What makes him stand out in his film is that he isn’t afraid to use them to gain leverage on blockers. His technique isn’t the most refined, but seeing a player trying to develop more than just a bull rush in high school is a positive sign. Another trait that will suit him well to this defense is he flows well with the play to fill any gaps quickly. Stone shows good strength not letting blockers push him away from runners trying to break to the outside.

Emmanuel Johnson | Fort Dorchester | 6’5” 260lbs | 2-star Rivals 3-star 247

Georgia Tech didn’t sign any true defensive tackles in this class, but with a frame that could easily be filled out, there is a good chance Johnson could see his future at Tech more on the interior of the defensive line. There isn’t a video of compiled season highlights, but a few game films show that Emmanuel uses his size and strength to close in gaps before runners can breakthrough. His long body also allows him to track down any runners who have a step or two on him.