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Tech's Newest 2011 Commit Could Be Key To Landing 2012 Stud

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Kyle Harris, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound guard/tackle from Lindale, Georgia, became Georgia Tech's ninth class of 2011 commit. He's also the fourth offensive lineman to sign on with Paul Johnson's Jackets. Harris had offers from 11 other schools, including South Carolina, Maryland, Louisville, and Cincinnati. He's also been recruited by Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn, among others.

The rising high school senior, a three-star according to Rivals, was all-state at tackle in 2009.

But as Chip Towers notes, signing Harris may boost the other side of the ball as well:

And while it had nothing to do with Tech’s decision to go after Harris, he just happens to be one of Dakota Ball’s best friends. Ball (6-2, 285) is considered one of Georgia’s top defensive linemen in the Class of 2012. Ball already has an offer from Tech along with  Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

"I’m going to try to get Dakota to go there, too," said Harris, who became the ninth member of Georgia Tech’s Class of 2012. "Me and him have talked about it for a while, about going to the same school. He’s said he’d like to play wherever I play. So hopefully he’ll go there, too. I know he’s going to go to some games with me this fall."

Recruiting defensive tackles has never been Tech's strong point, and the position is even more critical after switching to Al Groh's 3-4. Ball already has offers from at least seven schools, including Tech, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and that list is sure to grow. 

Regardless of his recruiting skills, Harris seems like a good fit for Tech, having blocked in the aggressive Pepperell running attack that produced 2,300-yard rusher Brandon Whitaker.

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