Closer look at Georgia Tech's recruiting class

February 7, 2013 

Signees

14

Starters Lost

Offense - 3

Defense - 3

Top Needs

Wide receiver

Defensive line

Linebacker

Gem of the class

Tri-Cities (Ga.) High offensive lineman Shamire DeVine is probably the top recruit for the Yellow Jackets. The giant offensive lineman can be a dominating force in the Jackets' run-heavy offense. The other premiere guy would be Lovejoy running back Travis Custis. Custis rushed for 2,000 yards and led Lovejoy to the state title game for the second straight season. Paul Johnson called him the best running back in Georgia.

Surprise

The Yellow Jackets did get a surprise on Signing Day with the signing of Sandy Creek's Corey Griffin, who had been committed to UAB. But for the second straight year, the surprises were negative. Tech hemorrhaged commits down the stretch, losing DeVine's teammate Jeremi Hall to South Florida and Custis' teammate Jumichael Ramos to N.C. State. The Jackets also lost quarterback Damon Mitchell to Arkansas and defensive back Tolando Cleveland to Mississippi State. Georgia Tech is still waiting to hear from Nashville, Tenn. athlete Cornelius Elder, who also wants to play basketball. Elder will choose between Tech, UCLA, Ohio State, Auburn and Tennessee.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT PLAYERS

Shamire DeVine OL 6-6/360 Tri-Cities/East Point

DeVine is probably Tech's top recruit, and he stuck with the Jackets after teammate Jeremi Hall decommitted in January.

Travis Custis RB 6-0/205 Lovejoy/Hampton

Custis led Lovejoy to the state championship game for the second straight year and rushed for 2,000 yards in 2012.

Paul Davis LB 5-10/200 Cairo

The two-time all-state selection decommitted from Temple less than a week before national signing day.

John Marvin DB 6-1/190 Fort Walton Beach/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

The first-team all-state pick finished his senior year with 67 tackles, seven pass breakups and a sack.

Harrison Butker K 6-3/170 Westminster/Atlanta

Butker was one best kickers and punters in Georgia over the past two years.

The rest

Darius Commissiong DT 6-2/285 Bishop McNamara/Forestville, Md.

Commissiong earned all-state honors as a senior at Bishop McNamara.

Justin Akins Jackson (Ga.) High DE 6-5/235 Jackson

Akins recorded four sacks in a game against Drew this past season.

Chris Griffin OL 6-6/265 Wakulla/Crawfordville, la.

Griffin reportedly racked up 100 pancake blocks as a senior.

Corey Griffin DB 6-2/195 Sandy Creek/Tyrone

Griffin was a surprise on Signing Day after he decommitted from UAB. His teams went 56-2 during his high school career.

Ty Griffin QB 6-0/190 McEachern/Powder Springs

Griffin rushed for 1,149 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior.

Ricky Jeune WR 6-3/205 St. Joseph's/Montvale, N.J.

Jeune caught 36 passes for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Antonio Messick WR 6-3/185 Fayette County/Fayette County

Messick is a raw prospect who showed flashes of brilliance with his ability on kick returns.

Kevin Robbins DL 6-4/235 Bishop McNamara/Forestville, Md.

The less ballyhooed of the teammates from Bishop McNamara, Robbins' father Kevin Sr. played for the Atlanta Falcons.

Donovan Wilson RB 6-0/205 Jerome/Dublin, Ohio

Wilson rushed for 424 yards and three touchdowns on 59 carries in one game this season.

Signings by state

Georgia - 8

Florida - 2

Maryland - 2

New Jersey - 1

Ohio - 1

Rivals.com rankings

5-star - 0

4-star - 0

3-star - 10

2-star - 4

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