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Georgia Tech's Justin Thomas was put through WR drills at the school's pro day.

Thomas was an option quarterback in college, so his transition to the pros will be a difficult one. He could get looks as a receiver, running back or corner. We would expect him to go undrafted.
Mar 17 - 11:17 AM

ESPN notes that Georgia Tech freshman RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling has upside as a linebacker.

The outlet refers to Jordan-Swilling as "the prototypical power running back," but also passes along that the 6-foot-1, 209-pounder "[c]ould be a factor as a nickel linebacker on defense." He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 193 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. His exact role with Georgia Tech figures to clarify as the offseason continues to unfold.
Mar 9 - 4:38 PM

Georgia Tech DT Pat Gamble (labrum) is getting healthy after undergoing surgery.

Gamble recorded 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for losses last season despite dealing with a torn hip labrum. He was named an honorable-mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for that performance. The prospect said he had surgery in January with a recovery timeline of three-to-five months. Gamble said he'll conduct interviews and do the bench press at Georgia Tech's Pro Day.
Feb 24 - 2:19 PM

Georgia Tech three-star RB Jerry Howard is "a great fit for Tech as a B-back," according to Rivals' Mike Ferrell.

The 6-foot, 210-pounder may contribute immediately in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack. Howard is a three-star prospect who signed last week.
Source: Rivals
Feb 8 - 5:24 PM

Georgia Tech signed four-star 2017 CB Tre Swilling.

Swilling made an initial commitment to the Yellow Jackets this past August before taking the plunge for good. Rivals ranks him as the No. 31 cornerback prospect in the 2017 class, while Scout.com notes that the 6-foot, 185-pounder consistently showcased a high level of football intelligence at Brother Martin (Louisiana). As the Scout team puts it, Swilling "seems to see things before they happen and he knows how to put himself into place to make a play."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 7 - 7:55 PM

Georgia Tech signed four-star 2017 S Gentry Bonds.

Nice one here for HC Paul Johnson, as Bonds ranks as Scout.com's No. 4 safety prospect in the state of Tennessee. He initially committed to the Yellow Jackets in August. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder also has potential as a cornerback. Still plenty of work to do here, though, as Scout believes he needs to improve his footwork and coverage in man situations. A little added playing weight wouldn't hurt, either.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 6:00 PM

Georgia Tech signed three-star 2017 RB Jordan Ponchez-Mason.

The Yellow Jackets beat out Ball State, Iowa State and Navy for Ponchez-Mason's pledge. A 6-foot-1, 205-pound back, Ponchez-Mason is listed as an a-back and b-back by Georgia Tech.
Feb 1 - 10:21 AM

Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Kaleb Oliver.

Oliver initially committed to Mississippi State in June, but later reopened his recruitment. What Dan Mullen has lost, Paul Johnson has now found. Said the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Oliver, "You're in Atlanta in a big city but it still has that campus vibe so it's the best of both worlds." Scout.com notes that the newest Yellow Jacket's "ball skills are a real strength of his, but he has some pop in him too. He loves to hit." He might love to hit, but the outlet would like to see him shore up his actual tackling form. Georgia Tech now holds pledges from four four-star recruits in this cycle. That is more than they signed from 2012-2016.
Source: Rivals
Jan 30 - 4:13 PM

Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DE Kelton Dawson.

Dawson, a native of Stockbridge, Georgia, will be staying home with the Yellow Jackets as he embarks on his college career. He committed to them after taking an official visit last weekend. Said the 6-foot-3, 242-pounder, "[DL coach Mike] Pelton showed me a lot of things that I had never really seen before in my high school, so I just felt like it was the right choice for me really."
Jan 28 - 5:28 PM

Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 LB Jaquan Henderson.

Prior to committing to the Yellow Jackets, Henderson had also taken official visits to North Carolina, Nebraska and Michigan State. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder as the No. 39 outside linebacking prospect in the 2017 class. Scout.com's analysis team notes that "[w]hen on the attack against the run, he may be a little light, but he has some pop when he makes the hit." If Georgia Tech can figure out how best to cover up for some of the size deficiencies here, Scout believes HC Paul Johnson may have "a star" on his hands.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 28 - 2:00 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt junior OL Eason Fromayan will forego his final year of collegiate eligibility to focus on joining a NASCAR pit crew.

Unlike Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, who are sitting out their respective bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft, Fromayan plans on playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Kentucky prior to pursuing his own professional dream. Said the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, "We can end it on a high note. You never know what can happen coming up, so if there’s an opportunity to better my situation, it seems right to take it." Helping matters for Fromayan, the fact that two members of the Georgia Tech coaching staff (Bryan Cook and John Sisk) have ties to NASCAR crew members.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:28:00 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt freshman WR Christian Philpott will transfer.

Philpott's preferred transfer destination is not yet known. Should he opt for another FBS program, he would have to sit out the 2017 due to NCAA regulations. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt freshman did not record a catch during the 2016 campaign. He stands as the fourth Yellow Jacket to opt for transfer since the close of the regular season.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Georgia Tech senior QB Justin Thomas went 6-for-10 for 164 yards passing and an interception in Saturday's 28-27 win over Georgia Tech.

This was the second-highest passing yardage total of the season for Thomas, who had only 10 rushing yards. The Yellow Jackets streak into bowl season riding a three-game winning streak, including wins over Virgina Tech and Georgia. Georgia Tech (8-4) will be a dangerous postseason opponent for whoever draws them.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Georgia Tech HC Paul Johnson insinuated that the media has been to blame for speculation about his job security.

"I don’t get it from the administration, from the fan base, from the alumni. I see where y’all write about it in the paper and hear it on the radio," Johnson said, adding, "I don’t worry about it. I wouldn’t be the first guy and won’t be the last." With their upset of Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets achieved bowl eligibility for the eighth time in Johnson's nine seasons at the helm of Georgia Tech's ship. Johnson has all of three losing seasons during his 20-year career as a head coach. After Georgia Tech officially is slotted into their bowl in the coming weeks, that will have made it 18 postseason berths in 20 seasons for Johnson-led teams.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Georgia Tech freshman RB Dedrick Mills has been suspended for two games.

Mills just can't keep his head on straight. This is the second time he has been suspended during the 2016 season. The 5-foot-10, 217-pounder was also slapped on the wrist with a one-game suspension for a September 10 game against Mercer. No reason was given for that suspension. That could be said for this most recent two-gamer, too, as a team spokesman only cited a violation of team rules as cause for Miller's punishment. He will sit out contests against Virginia Tech and Virginia these next two weekends. "It’s never good to play without a starter. It is what it is. Move on, next man up," said HC Paul Johnson. Mills has rushed for 578 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games this season. Marcus Marshall draws the Saturday start in Mill's place.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 12:51:00 PM


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