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Yellow Jackets receive 20 letters of intent
Every position addressed in Paul Johnson's first recruiting class
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ATLANTA- Georgia Tech first-year head coach Paul Johnson announced Wednesday the signing of 20 highly-touted high school seniors to national letters of intent, including eight from Georgia.
"I am very pleased with this class," said Johnson, who was hired to take over the Yellow Jacket football program Dec. 7. "We feel like this is a group of kids who will work hard and who are extremely excited about coming to Georgia Tech.
"I think we were able to recruit quality kids while filling some needs at every position group. I think we have some good fits for what we want to do on offense and defense. My staff worked very hard to produce solid results in a short amount of time."
Johnson's first recruiting class includes prospects from seven states, including six from Florida. The Yellow Jackets also signed two players from Alabama and Ohio and one each from California and Texas.
Two of the 20 signees are quarterbacks Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch) and Tevin Washington (Wetumpka, Ala.). Tech signed three offensive linemen, including highly-regarded Georgia products Omoregie Uzzi (Chamblee) and Nick McRae (Dublin). The Yellow Jackets also received letters from three running backs, three linebackers, two quarterbacks, two defensive linemen and two receivers.
The list of 20 does not include Tyler Melton (Houston, Texas), who was part of the 2007 recruiting class but did not enroll at Georgia Tech until last month. Melton, a wide receiver, will be a freshman in 2008.
2008 Georgia Tech Football Signees
Name            Pos.        Ht.        Wt.    High School    Hometown
T.J. Barnes    DT           6-7        325    Enterprise HS    Enterprise, Ala.
Brandon Leslie    S        6-0        195    Edison HS    Fresno, Calif.
Jon Lockhart    CB        6-0        190     Blountstown HS    Blountstown, Fla.
B.J. Machen    LB         6-1        225     Hilliard Darby HS    Hilliard, Ohio
Daniel McKayhan  WR   6-0         180     Martin Luther King, Jr. HS    Decatur, Ga.
Nick McRae    C           6-4         290     Dublin HS    Dublin, Ga.
Malcolm Munroe    LB    6-3        215     Coral Reef HS    Miami, Fla.
Embry Peeples    A-Back 5-10     175      Dr. Phillips HS    Orlando, Fla.
Rashaad Reid    CB       5-10      180      St. Augustine HS    St. Augustine, Fla.
Kamaron Riley    CB     6-2        180      Hawkinsville HS    Hawkinsville, Ga.
Jaybo Shaw    QB        6-0        190      Flowery Branch HS    Flowery Branch, Ga.
Quentin Sims    WR     6-3        190      Colerain HS    Cincinnati, Ohio
Phil Smith        OT     6-6        290       Jesuit HS    Tampa, Fla.
Steven Sylvester LB    6-2        225       Union Grove HS    McDonough, Ga.
Cooper Taylor    S       6-4        195      Marist School    Atlanta, Ga.
Omoregie Uzzi    OG    6-3        291      Chamblee HS    Chamblee, Ga.
Tevin Washington  QB   6-1       205      Wetumpka HS    Wtumpka, Ala.
Richard Watson B-Back  6-1      225      FAMU HS    Tallahassee, Fla.
Antonio Wilson  DE       6-6      220      Columbia HS    Decatur, Ga.
Marcus Wright  A-Back    5-8    175       Reagan HS    San Antonio, Texas

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