Small and inexperienced lines on both sides of the ball contributed mightily to a disappointing season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. They've landed six linemen so far in their 2011 recruiting class, which is expected to finish in the 40s for the fourth straight year after a surprising top-20 placing in 2007.
The star of the class has been North Carolina QB Vad Lee, but its most immediately impactful player may be Hillgrove LB Jabari Hunt-Days, a ridiculous athlete who spent his summer dominating high school combines. Tech's new 3-4 scheme will need a steady supply of linebackers just as much as it needs beef up front, and Hunt-Days has the speed to both play sideline to sideline and rush the passer.
Recently Lee has considered taking visits to other schools, a unique post-commitment no-no for Paul Johnson's classes. He's since said he'll follow Johnson's particular rules.
Tech's unique recruiting disadvantages aside, Johnson is at least proving himself to be a more consistent year-to-year recruiter than Chan Gailey was. That 2007 haul was Gailey's only appearance in a Rivals top 50, except for a No. 50 showing in 2003.
Going by average Rivals rating, Tech's class shows up as a more respectable No. 39. Like Georgia, Tech simply hasn't extended as many scholarships as other schools have. Only five teams in the top 50 have fewer commits than Tech or Georgia.