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Georgia Tech bolsters class with late commit

Jackets pick up RB Autry from Norcross to make class of 21 players

POSTED: February 6, 2014 12:34 a.m.
John Bazemore/Associated Press

Norcross High School running back Myles Autry, right, announces that he plans attend Georgia Tech and play football, as his brother, and Georgia Tech receiver, Anthony Autry smiles Wednesday in Norcorss.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Tech received a late boost with the signing of running back Myles Autry.

Coach Paul Johnson said that Autry, whose brother Anthony is a receiver with the Yellow Jackets, is one of six newcomers who have a chance to fill a variety of roles in summer camp.

Georgia Tech signed 21 players to national letters of intent Wednesday — six offensive linemen, four defensive backs, three defensive ends, three linebackers, two running backs, two receivers and one quarterback.

"When you recruit them, you hope they'll all have an immediate impact," Johnson said. "Realistically, how many guys in the freshman class are going to come in and play? Maybe half, and it's hard to say which ones it would be, but we'll give them all the opportunity."

Like Autry, receivers Qua Searcy and Clinton Lynch, running back CJ Leggett and twin brother defensive backs Lance and Lawrence Austin might take snaps at multiple positions, offensively and defensively.

"Today very few guys play in one spot," Johnson said. "Unless you're a really big high school, guys are pretty versatile. There's a lot of guys in this class that could go either way."

Autry, a local standout from Norcross High School, signed late in the afternoon. He also considered Florida State, Florida, Ohio State and Oregon.

Four signees — defensive back Step Durham, defensive end KeShun Freeman, linebacker Tre' Jackson and quarterback Matthew Jordan — enrolled in school last month.

The Jackets, who went 7-6 last season, had several injuries that hurt depth at offensive line and defensive back in 2013.



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