Freshman Brandon Adams has caught the attention of Georgia Tech’s other defensive linemen, and it’s not just because he’s the team’s second-largest player.
Adams is listed at 6-foot-2, 349 pounds — as if 350 would have been one pound too much. He is a three-star prospect from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee who had 72 tackles as a senior. He plays in a fairly deep position group, so it remains to be seen if he will play this season. Of course, that group’s production wasn’t good last season. If Adams can do something to help a pass rush that had only 14 sacks last season and a run defense that allowed more than 165 yards per game, he could play. He seems to be doing OK so far.
“When you’ve got Shamire (Devine) and Freddie (Burden) coming off on a double team, he holds his own in there,” senior lineman Patrick Gamble said when facing the combined 670 pounds of the two offensive linemen.
Rod Rook-Chungong said that Tech hasn’t recruited that type of size on the defensive line. The last player that big on the line was T.J. Barnes, who recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Other than his size, Rook-Chungong said Adams’ handshake is noticeable. Describing Adams as having “heavy hands,” Rook-Chungong said “if you give him a handshake, you can tell he’s really powerful.”
Those strong hands are an asset, particularly when trying to hold up at the point of attack.
Rook-Chungong said he has tried to block Adams in a few defensive drills, and once Adams gets his hands on a player and locks them up, he is difficult to move.
Gamble said redshirt freshman defensive tackle Brentavious Glanton is another young player that is coming along fast.
“I feel like we have a lot of depth at ends and tackle,” he said. “I’m interested to see what they do in the last scrimmage.”