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Georgia Tech picks up late signee to boost class

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech received a late boost with the signing of running back Myles Autry.

Coach Paul Johnson said that Autry, whose brother Anthony is a receiver with the Yellow Jackets, is one of six newcomers who have a chance to fill a variety of roles in summer camp.

Georgia Tech signed 21 players to national letters of intent Wednesday - six offensive linemen, four defensive backs, three defensive ends, three linebackers, two running backs, two receivers and one quarterback.

"When you recruit them, you hope they'll all have an immediate impact," Johnson said. "Realistically, how many guys in the freshman class are going to come in and play? Maybe half, and it's hard to say which ones it would be, but we'll give them all the opportunity."

Like Autry, receivers Qua Searcy and Clinton Lynch, running back CJ Leggett and twin brother defensive backs Lance and Lawrence Austin might take snaps at multiple positions, offensively and defensively.

"Today very few guys play in one spot," Johnson said. "Unless you're a really big high school, guys are pretty versatile. There's a lot of guys in this class that could go either way."

Autry, a local standout from Norcross High School, signed late in the afternoon. He also considered Florida State, Florida, Ohio State and Oregon.

Four signees - defensive back Step Durham, defensive end KeShun Freeman, linebacker Tre' Jackson and quarterback Matthew Jordan - enrolled in school last month.

The Jackets, who went 7-6 last season, had several injuries that hurt depth at offensive line and defensive back in 2013.


National rankings (Rivals 47; Scout 47).

Best in class: RB Myles Autry, DB Step Durham

Best of the rest: WR CJ Leggett, C Andrew Marshall, WR Qua Searcy, DE KeShun Freeman, DB Lance Austin, DB Lawrence Austin

Late addition: Autry

One that got away: DT Mike Sawyers of Nashville signed with Tennessee.

NOTE: Johnson summoned up his customary annual critique of Georgia Tech getting ranked low in recruiting services when he said, "If you go back and look for the last six years, there's four teams in the ACC who've won more games than all of the others. Those teams are Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. And that's my view of the star system. So if our recruiting is so bad, and that is so accurate, then we must be great coaches. And from what I read from you guys (media) I don't believe that. You can't have it both ways. So that's the facts. That's not spin. That's just facts."

Georgia Tech signing day list

Football signees announced Wednesday by Georgia Tech, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

Lance Austin, db, 5-10, 170, Lamar County HS, Barnesville, Ga.

Lawrence Austin, db, 5-9, 170, Lamar County HS, Barnesville, Ga.

Myles Autry, rb, 5-11, 170, Norcross (Ga.) HS

Gary Brown, ol, 6-3, 285, Alonso HS, Tampa, Fla.

Step Durham, db, 5-11, 175, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

KeShun Freeman, de, 6-4, 230, Callaway HS, Hogansville, Ga.

Tre' Jackson, lb, 5-10, 235, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.

Jalen Johnson, s, 6-3, 190, Oneonta (Ala.) HS

Matthew Jordan, qb, 6-2, 205, Jackson (Ala.) HS

Trey Klock, ol, 6-4, 260, Lower Dauphin HS, Hummelstown, Pa.

Christopher Leggett, rb, 5-10, 210, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Ga.

Terrell Lewis, lb, 6-2, 215, Ocoee (Fla.) HS

Clinton Lynch, wr, 6-0, 185, Norcross (Ga.) HS

Andrew Marshall, c, 6-4, 265, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.

Tyler Merriweather, de, 6-3, 220, Demopolis (Ala.) Academy

Michael Preddy, ol, 6-3, 270, Porter Gaud School, Charleston, S.C.

Qua Searcy, wr, 5-11, 170, Lamar County HS, Barnesville, Ga.

Antonio Simmons, lb, 6-3, 190, University Christian School, Jacksonville, Fla.

Jake Stickler, ol, 6-5, 263, Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.

Kenderius Whitehead, de, 6-5, 220, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Ga.

Jake Whitley, ol, 6-4, 295, North Augusta (S.C.) HS
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