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Team Ramblings - 6/25

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by Eric, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I figured since I have been doing recruiting features lately a few of you guys might like to see one focused on the team..

    To start it off all of the 2014 signees minus Myles Autry and Kenderius Whitehead.

    I really like the frame of Jake Whitley and he has great size already...he does not look like he is a true Freshman. I would say he is close to the 300 range. He is someone that I expect to compete for playing time this season.

    Michael Preddy had surgery awhile back but he is getting close to being ready to go...expect him to redshirt this year.

    The other offensive lineman that I originally though would play this season was Jake Stickler. He has has a a huge frame but he needs to add on a good bit of weight...He looks to be in the 6'6 range.

    One that the coaches love is Antonio Simmons. They really feel like they got a big steal in him...you can tell he has been working hard to add on weight...he is in very good shape but still has a lot more room to add on weight.

    A couple of other offensive lineman arrived at Tech in good shape in Gary Brown and Trey Klock.


    The signees started workouts on Monday.

    The team has been doing 7 on 7 workouts in the off-season and compeiting against other local schools like they have in the past.

    This group is more of a less talk more action...you won't see a ton of them posting things on Twitter about 7 on 7's or how they are working...but the team has been working hard this off-season.

    I still have a lot of confidence in Justin Thomas and expect him to be our guy next season...not a knock against Tim Byerly at all, I just think that Thomas is going to be very good. They all get along well together and have been doing a good job of teaching what they know to Matthew Jordan...I have heard good things on Jordan from his fellow teammates.

    Having said that there are some that still think Byerly will end up being the guy...I will say he has been busting his tail in the off-season.

    Of course we all know that Zach Laskey is going to be the workhorse but the question mark is the depth behind him..I still have more faith in Matt Connors than I do in Donovan Wilson. I have been told that the #2 spot is still wide open and the chance for CJ Leggett to win that job is there for him.

    We have some good competition going on at the WR spot with Waller, Smelter, Summers and Autry.

    On the offensive line a lot of the guys have been working hard to drop weight...and none harder than Shamire Devine. He has been seeing more than just one session a day with Sisk...I have been pleased with his effort this off-season. Not sure what his weight is down to but the work is being put in by him....The lowest we will see him get is about 335-340 IMO...Unfortunately another guy on the OL that needs to drop weight isn't putting in the work like he should be...Due to the people who read this board I will leave out the name but is is not too hard to guess.

    The latest I have heard on Chase Roberts is they expect him to get cleared but they are not sure if he is going to continue his career.

    Still continue to hear good things on Darius Commissiong...Coach I talked to really feels like is going to be a difference maker down the road.

    Coaches are not worried about the DT spot and neither am I.

    The one spot to be concerned about is WDE...KeShun Freeman has a bright future ahead of him but he may be tossed into the fire a little sooner than we would like...as of know Rod Chungong is still the starter...but I do not have a ton of faith in him getting after the quarterback..we have a ton riding on Kenderius Whitehead and he is putting in all the work he can to handle what he has to.

    May not be a harder worker on the team than Tyler Stargel.

    Another one that has been adding weight this off-season is Patrick Gamble.

    Isaiah Johnson
    is back healthy and most importantly he is trusting himself again..do not see any hesitation coming from him....same goes for Jamal Golden.

    As I posted awhile back that my breakout player this year is Tyler Marcordes...The coaches think the same. He looks like a different guy from two years ago. Has a NFL body now. Would not surprise me to see him end up in the league when his time at Tech is done.

    The concerns for me is still the OL...I am fine with the starting group of Chris Griffin, Trey Braun, Freddie Burden and Shaq Mason..but the other tackle and overall depth really concerns me. We really need some true Freshmen to step up and if nothing add some depth.

    Other than that on offense B back depth is a concern.

    On defense I love the LB group of Marcordes, Nealy, McNair, Harrell and PJ Davis.

    We have a lot riding on Kenderius Whitehead.

     
  2. Blumpkin Souffle

    Blumpkin Souffle Bidly Biddington III

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    I have nothing to contribute to this thread, just glad your rambling made it over to the team side Eric. Keep doing what you do it helps me get through the 9-5.
     
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  3. ATL1

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    So ______ is walking around chunky. Seems his teamates loves him, but if he's not working out.
    Good to hear about Devine I was told he wants to start & I like learning that he was serious about it.
    Glad to learn about Gamble but what about Kallon??
    Could Chungong play SDE?
    How the other WR's look the, two freshmen??

    And Simmons was my sleeper pick as the steal of the class. Hope he can add the weight.
     
  4. OldJacketFan

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    Thanks for the team update. Any idea how much weight Gamble has put on?
     
  5. cyptomcat

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    No mention of Tre? :)
     
  6. danny daniel

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    Where will Searcy play? In looking at probable depth it seems he is needed at DB in 2014, WR in 2015, and DB in 2016. I couls see playing one or two true freshmen 2015 WR recruits in 2015 and leaving Searcy at DB. IMO you can play true freshmen at WR easier than other positions (A Autry in 2012).
     
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    Fwiw, he didn't mention most of the tFr.
     
  8. JazzyD95

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    Saw Simmons the other day. Has put on weight, but still very light for DE. Don't look for him to play for a while
     
  9. danny daniel

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    If Lewis is a legitimate candidate for SS or S/N, instead of LB, it sure would solve a DB depth problem and maybe allow Searcy to be moved to his optimum position (whatever that is). Lewis has played all the DB positions in HS, and I can envision long term the inside LBs to be T Jackson and Cooksey. IMO Lewis best fits the S/N role.
     
  10. Jacketfish

    Jacketfish Ramblin' Wreck

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    Simmons is listed as a LB on ramblingwreck.com. Is he not coming in as a WDE? Also, how tall would you say Keshun Freeman is? I have seen him listed at 6'-1" on multiple sites, but he definitely looked taller than that in the spring game.
     
  11. Pj4prez01

    Pj4prez01 Ramblin' Wreck

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    Very glad to here about Devine. If the above is true for the rest of the summer, I could definitely see him getting ample PT.

    It could be another long season though without a decent right tackle.
     
  12. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I have nothing on Kallon.

    Chungong could play SDE but Stargel has beat him out there before.

    Lynch is an A back as far as I know and hes thicker than I expected.

    Haven't seen Qua.
     
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  13. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    He says he is at 290.
     
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  14. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    Tre is behind some good LB's...but Tre is a physical beast. Love the kid.
     
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  15. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    Who knows...I think he starts out at WR. But could be moved around.
     
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  16. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I think he's a guy that will hit the scene his Rs Sophomore year.
     
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  17. ATL1

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    Thanks @Eric

    I was referring to Messick & June tho
     
  18. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    He's at WDE.

    I would say he's 6'3...he's grew a lot since he has been at Tech. I was surprised last time I seen him.
     
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    Great news, I was hoping he'd get taller. Before I was scared about his frame and being a tweener.
     
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  20. ChasonBaller

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    I think we have a great group of linebackers, which causes me to be confused to why we are running a 4-2-5 a lot. You would think that you want more linebackers on the field(especially when they are your best position on defense)
     
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