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Georgia Tech signing day updates

Good morning-

Updates coming from Georgia Tech signing day. All 18 members of the class have signed.

10:07 a.m. QB Lucas Johnson from San Diego.

First California signee since safety Brandon Leslie in the 2008 class. Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook said he was connected with Johnson when coach Paul Johnson suggested that he expand the quarterback search to a national scope.

Cook: "His skillset, he's a kid that can run it, throw it, do all of the above."

10:04 a.m. OL Jahaziel Lee from Ponchatoula, La.

Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook: “He’s athletic. When you watch him move, whether it’s on the basketball court or on the football field, he’s got great feet and he plays with a lot of energy.”

Converting from defensive line.

9:57 a.m. CB Ajani Kerr from McEachern High

Kerr was the last player offered in the class. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum said that when he visited with a rival school of McEachern's, the head coach and a coordinator asked McCollum if Tech was recruiting Kerr. He said yes.

McCollum: “They said, ‘Well, we’re going to tell you this. He’s the best player on their defense.”

9:47 a.m. DE Jordan Woods from Ocala, Fla.

Rivals four-star prospect picked Tech over Tennessee and Miami.

Said A-backs coach Lamar Owens: “I think he really bought into it what we were selling here at Georgia Tech about ATL – athletics, tradition, life after football.”

9:45 a.m. OL Parker Braun from Hallsville, Texas

Offensive line coach Mike Sewak said that Braun's high-school coach told him that he had never had a player who practiced with the intensity that Braun did.

9:38 a.m. QB Jay Jones from McCalla, Ala.

Defensive line coach Mike Pelton: “He’s just a dynamic athlete.”

Pelton said that quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook was "very, very instrumental" in selling Jones on playing quarterback in the Tech offense. Other schools, such as Auburn and Alabama, were interested in him at other positions.

9:32 a.m. AB Xavier Gantt (Buford High) and LB Jakob Brashear (Dacula)

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof on Brashear: “Identified him early. He had a strong interest in us. We pulled the trigger on him and he pulled the trigger on us.”

Roof said a "very prominent SEC school" told Gantt that it would continue to recruit him after he had committed to Tech. (Gantt was the first commit of the class)

Roof: "He said, 'You can do whatever you want, but I'm going to Georgia Tech.'"

9:22 a.m. WR Stephen Dolphus from Westside-Macon High.

Wide receivers coach Buzz Preston on Dolphus: “He’s very angular like Stephen (Hill), tall, a lot of leg and really athletic.”

9:17 a.m. WRs Jair Hawkins-Anderson from Northview High and Jalen Camp from South Forsyth High.

Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook recruited both. Hawkins-Anderson has legitimate 4.4 speed in the 40 and might be the fastest wide receiver on the team.

Cook on Camp: “He’s a physical kid who doesn’t need to fill out. He should be able to step into his cleats in August and hopefully maybe help us (this season).”

9:07 a.m. DT Chris Martin from Brentwood, Tenn.

Linebackers coach Andy McCollum on Adams: “I really feel like we’re getting a real good player. You need good players upfront who can their feet and he can do that. Very powerful.”

9:04 a.m. OL Kenny Cooper from Sonoraville.

Linebackers coach Andy McCollum: "He's athletic and he's tough."

9:00 a.m. Early enrollees DL Desmond Branch, RB Dedrick Mills, LB Emanuel Bridges and QB Jaylend Ratliffe have been announced. The first high school signees are DT Chris Martin and DB Jarett Cole.

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said of Cole that he is the first recruit who wanted to help in recruiting other prospects however he could to help make the team the best it could, even if it meant recruiting players who would challenge him on the depth chart.

Roof on Martin: “Great motor, good first step, good ball get-off. We expect him to be a guy that has a chance to make sacks and tackles for losses and things like that.”


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Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.