Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Georgia Tech 2008 Recruiting Review

A class that was started by Chan Gailey and finished by Paul Johnson suffered a few defections and a few new entries, but remained largely intact on Signing Day.

Rivals rated this class 49th best nationally with one four star, 11 three stars, and eight two star players.

(Player Ratings are from Rivals and score is from career up until now)

Omoregie Uzzi - OL - 4 star
Uzzi redshirted his first year and played mostly as backup in his second season. Last year the Chamblee native locked down a starting position at Guard and looks to be the starter again for RS Junior season.
Score: Meeting Expectations

T.J. Barnes - DL - 3 star
A mammoth player at 6'6", 320 lbs Barnes had college size as a freshman, but redshirted to get in better playing shape. The Enterprise, AL native has started games here and there, but has yet to nail down the starting job at NT. With Al Groh's new 3-4 defense, a player with Barnes' size is a must but the RS Junior needs to step up his play this year for Tech's defense to improve.
Score: Meeting Expectations

B.J. Machen - LB - 3 star
Machen was one of the first commitments of the 2008 class. The Ohio native has yet to see significant playing time outside of special teams.
Score: Needs Improvement

Malcolm Munroe - LB - 3 star
Munroe's career has followed a very similar path to Machen's.
Score: Needs Improvement

Jaybo Shaw - QB - 3 star
Johnson had been recruiting Shaw for the Naval Academy, but the Flowery Branch native decided to commit to Middle Tennessee State instead. When Johnson moved to Atlanta, Shaw did too. He started two games as a true freshman playing very well when Josh Nesbitt got hurt. Eventually, Shaw saw the writing on the wall with Nesbitt cemented as the starter and transferred to Georgia Southern before the 2010 season leading the Eagles to FCS Semifinals.
Score: Exceeded Expectations

Steven Sylvester - LB - 3 star
Sylvester played as a true freshman seeing action in every game. As a sophomore he started 8 games and locked down the OLB position full time in 2009. Sylvester figures to be one of Tech's best pass rushers this coming season.
Score: Exceeding Expectations

Richard Watson - RB - 3 star
Watson may finally get his shot at starting this season after sitting behind Jon Dwyer and Anthony Allen the last three years. Since he has the most experience on the roster we should finally find out if Watson was simply stuck behind two NFL players or just isn't that good.
Score: Meeting Expectations

Brandon Leslie - DB - 3 star
Leslie was an interesting recruit considering he came all the way from Fresno, CA. He was never able to crack the two deep and transferred out.
Score: Did Not Meet Expectations

Jon Lockhart - RB - 3 star
Lockhart was recruited as a DB by Gailey, but switched to A-Back under Johnson. Unable to crack the lineup there he has moved to WR without much luck either.
Score: Needs Improvement

Nick McRae - OL - 3 star
McRae has been a backup his entire career, but did start one game this past season. The Dublin native could be in the mix for a starting job at Guard or Center this coming season.
Score: Meeting Expectations

Embry Peeples - RB - 3 star
Peeples played in the first game of the 2008 and has started off and on for the last three seasons at A-Back. Peeples is probably the best receiver at the A-Back position.
Score: Exceeding Expectations

Marcus Wright - RB - 3 star
Wright was originally going to be redshirted his first year but injuries forced him into action. He has never locked down a starting position, but has remained very much apart of the rotation. A non-football injury this past season ended his year early, but he will again be in the mix this coming year.
Score: Meeting Expectations

Rashaad Reid - DB - 2 star
When depth became an issue at CB, Reid played alot as a true freshman and even started a few games. A move to Safety buried Reid on the depth chart, but he should have as good of a chance as any to start this season.
Score: Exceeding Expectations

Kamaron Riley - WR - 2 star
Riley was one of the many Hawkinsville, Ga players sent to Atlanta during the Gailey years. However, he was never able to crack the depth chart and transferred out.
Score: Did Not Meet Expectations

Daniel McKayhan - WR - 2 star
After redshirting his first year, McKayhan has been a backup for his career thus far. He has a chance to be a starter this year at WR and as a punt returner.
Score: Meeting Expectations

Phil Smith - OL - 2 star
Smith committed to Tech after Johnson's arrival and has been a part time starter the last two seasons. With the departure of both tackles, Smith figures to have the inside track to a starting job in RS Junior season.
Score: Exceeding Expectations

Cooper Taylor - DB - 2 star
Like Reid, Taylor was forced into action his first season but eventually got buried by depth. In the middle of last season, Taylor decided to transfer out eventually landing at Richmond. Based on his two star rating out of high school, Taylor's play up until his transfer had to be considered a pleasant surprise.
Score: Exceeded Expectations

Antonio Wilson - DL - 2 star
Wilson only played one season of high school football and only four games in that season cut short by an auto accident. However, the Decatur native did not crack the two deep and decided to leave the football team, but remains enrolled in school.
Score: Needing Improvement

Tevin Washington - QB - 3 star
Like Shaw, Washington was courted to Tech by Johnson to run his style of offense. After serving as a backup for two seasons, Washington was pressed into action at Virginia Tech because of Nesbitt's injury. He started the final four games of the season and will be the leader at the position heading into Spring Practice.
Score: Exceeding Expectations

Quentin Sims - WR - 2 star
Sims was the lowest rated recruit in the 2008 class according to Rivals. He redshirted his first year and spent the next two as a backup at WR, playing a handful of downs per game. Sims decided to transfer out following this past season.
Score: Met Expectations

Previously, I have taken a look back at the 2006 and 2007 (Part I) (Part II) recruiting classes and today its the 2008 class.

This article was also featured on ChuckOliver.net

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