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2024 Georgia Tech Football Newcomers

TANA ALO-TUPUOLA

Fr., OL, 6-1, 330, Brownsburg, Ind./IMG Academy (Fla.)

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 7 center in the nation by ESPN … Began prep career at Brownsburg (Ind.) H.S. before transferring to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and playing for IMG’s prestigious national team … Helped lead IMG to a 10-0 record as a senior in 2023 … Helped pave the way for IMG to average nearly 34 points per game against a grueling schedule that included several top teams from across the country … Team captain … Selected to participate in Under Armour All-American Bowl and Polynesian Bowl … Coached by Billy Miller … Aspires for a career in real estate.

JACK BARTON

r-Sr., DL, 6-4, 265, Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial H.S. (Furman)

Furman (2019-23): Attended Furman from 2019-23 … Appeared in 13 games in 2023 and helped lead Paladins to Southern Conference championship … Named second-team all-SoCon … Finished the season with 25 tackles (10 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss and three sacks … Also blocked two kicks, defended three passes and recovered a fumble … Tallied three tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Kennesaw State (Sept. 16) … Then recorded four stops against Mercer (Sept. 23), including a tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks … Totaled a season-high six tackles (two solo) against East Tennessee State (Oct. 28), 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks … Emerged as a principal performer on Furman’s defense in 2022, seeing action in all 13 games and making nine starts at defensive end … Played a pivotal role in Furman’s 10-3 season that featured a stretch of seven consecutive wins and an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs, where the Paladins claimed a 31-6 first round home win over Elon … 10 wins represented the most by Furman since 2005 … Team finished a consensus 10th in final AFCA and Stats Perform Polls…campaign was fueled with strong work by Furman’s defense, which led the FCS in turnovers gained (29), and by superior special teams play that saw the Paladins also top the FCS in blocked kicks (10) … Registered 30 tackles on the season, including seven for-loss and 2.5 sacks … Paced the FCS with a school record four blocked kicks…began the season as a backup to Jeremiah Jackson … Stepped into the starting lineup after Jackson sustained a season ending injury early in the Charleston Southern contest (24-19 win) … Went on to log starts in the Paladins’ final nine games…earned his first blocked kick on a 46-yard field goal attempt against Charleston Southern … Career starting debut came the next week against Samford…had four tackles, including one for-loss versus The Citadel (21-10 win) … Tallied a season high five stops (2 TFLs) against VMI (41-3 win) … Deflected a pair of passes and blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt in a 24-20 win over FCS sixth-ranked Chattanooga … Blocked FG versus UTC came midway the fourth quarter and helped preserve the Paladins’ 24-20 lead … Notched his third blocked kick (30-yard FGA) the next week in a 23-13 road win over FCS 11th-ranked Mercer and extended his streak of blocked field goals to three games by deflecting a 38-yard attempt against Wofford (63-28 win)…named to both 2022 SoCon All-Academic Team and SoCon Academic Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year … Earned playing time in eight games in 2021 and totaled four tackles … Recorded a pair of stops in a 37-31 win over 20th-ranked VMI … Named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll for the 2021-22 school year … Saw action in four games as a reserve in Spring of 2021, working at both defensive tackle and defensive end … Tallied two stops against Mercer and one in season finale versus The Citadel … Appeared in two late season games … Made career debut and collected his first tackle in regular season finale versus Point (64-7 win) … Awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.

High School: Saw duty at eight positions during his prep career: defensive end, punter, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, tight end, fullback, nose guard, and defensive tackle … Career statistics include 75 tackles (19 tackles for-loss), 14 sacks, six blocks field goals, and three blocked punts … Served as team captain and earned second team all-region honors in 2018 … Coached by Michael Perry.

Personal: Father, Bill, played football at Tennessee … Brother, Bill, played football at Centre College … Cousins, Kendall and Bennett Barton also attended Georgia Tech and played football … Uncle, Hollis Barton, was a three-year letterman (1978-82) and all-SoCon offensive guard at Furman, who played on three SoCon championship teams … Graduated from Furman with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.

JORDAN BOYD

Fr., DL, 6-3, 230, Beech Island, S.C./Silver Bluff H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 8 player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals … All-state, all-region and all-area honoree … Named Area Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2022 … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Helped lead Silver Bluff to a 9-4 record and third round of the South Carolina AA playoffs as a senior in 2023 … Lifted team to third round of the playoffs with a game-winning interception return for a touchdown in second-round victory … Helped anchor a defense that only allowed 13.8 points per game as a senior in ’23 … Amassed 162 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 14 sacks over sophomore (2021) and junior (2022) seasons … Four-year letterwinner … Coached by De’Angelo Bryant … Also a standout track performer … Clocked 11.40 in the 100-meter dash and measured 34 feet, 7 inches in the triple jump as a junior … Member of school-record-holding and state champion 4×100 team in 2021 … Honor roll student … Member of Key Club, Success Team Youth Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Several relatives have played major college football and in the NFL, including Raymond Chavous (Clemson), D’Wayne Bats (Northwestern, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings), De’Angelo Bryant (Wake Forest) and Cordera Tankersley (Clemson, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings) … Jordan intends to major in civil engineering at Georgia Tech and aspires for a career in engineering or architecture.

AMONTRAE BRADFORD

DL, Fr., 6-5, 240, Statesboro, Ga./Statesboro H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as No. 41 edge rusher in the nation in 247Sports composite rankings … Totaled 75 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2023 … Helped lead Statesboro H.S. to its third state playoffs berth in four years but its first postseason win in 10 years as a senior in ’23 … Coached by Matt Dobson … Also is participates in throws in track and field.

WARREN BURRELL

r-Sr., DB, 6-0, 190, Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett H.S. (Tennessee)

Tennessee (2019-23): Attended Tennessee from 2019-23 … Experienced cornerback who had a career year in 2021 as one of the Vols’ starters before missing the majority of the 2022 season with an upper body injury … Played in 40 games with 22 starts, all at cornerback, and has two years of eligibility remaining … Accumulated 89 total tackles, has nine PBUs, one interception and a fumble recovery to his credit … Was targeted three times in 2023 but did not allow a reception in 23 snaps at corner in homecoming win vs. UConn (Nov. 4) … Played 19 snaps at corner and tallied a pair of tackles in road win at Kentucky (Oct. 28) … Had one special teams tackle at No. 11/8 Alabama (Oct. 21) … Recorded his first-career interception to stop a fourth quarter drive in win over UTSA (Sept. 23) … Did not allow a reception in 40 defensive snaps at corner in win over Austin Peay (Sept. 9), finishing with one tackle and a fumble recovery on a muffed punt in the first quarter that set up UT’s first points … Played 26 snaps at corner in season-opening win over Virginia (Sept. 2), recording one tackle … Received a medical redshirt in 2022 after playing in just two games prior to sustaining a season-ending injury … Started each of UT’s first two games at corner in wins over Ball State (Sept. 1) and No. 17 Pitt (Sept. 10) … Made four tackles in overtime road win at No. 17 Pitt (Sept. 10) … Tied for the team lead with a career-high tying eight tackles while also posting a pass breakup in season-opening win over Ball State (Sept. 1) … Posted the best season of his Tennessee career in 2021, starting all 12 games he played in at corner while setting career highs in tackles (41), TFLs (2.0) and passes defended (7) … Capped the year with six tackles against Purdue in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) … Tied a career high with eight tackles and set a new career high with three pass breakups in win vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 27) … Had four tackles in win vs. South Alabama (Nov. 20) … Made three tackles vs. No. 1 Georgia (Nov. 13) … Posted five tackles and a PBU in win at No. 18 Kentucky (Nov. 6) … Did not play at No. 4 Alabama (Oct. 26) due to illness … Recorded two tackles and allowed just one catch for seven yards vs. No. 13 Ole Miss (Oct. 16) … Made four tackles and tied a career high with one TFL in win vs. South Carolina (Oct. 9) … Totaled three tackles in win at Missouri (Oct. 2) … Had one tackle and a PBU at No. 11 Florida (Sept. 25) … Finished with two tackles and a two PBUs against Pitt (Sept. 11) … Started at corner in season-opening win vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 2), making two tackles, including his first-career TFL … Played in eight games in 2020 and started the final four games of the year at cornerback … Totaled 17 tackles and one pass breakup … Started and made two tackles in season finale vs. No. 5 Texas A&M (Dec. 19) … Posted one tackle and a PBU in win at Vanderbilt (Dec. 12) … In second straight start, set a new career high with eight tackles vs. No. 6 Florida (Dec. 5) … Started for the first time on the season and notched four tackles at No. 23 Auburn (Nov. 21) … Thrust into action as a true freshman cornerback in 2019, starting the first four games of the year … Played in nine games and finished with 13 total tackles … Totaled two tackles in start against Florida (Sept. 21) … Logged a season-high four tackles in the second game of the year vs. BYU (Sept. 7) … Started at corner in his collegiate debut vs. Georgia State (Aug. 31), making three tackles.

High School: Listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals and one of the top 30 prospects in Georgia … Starred at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia … Unanimous Georgia Class 7A all-state selection in 2017 … Earned all-county honors as a senior in 2018 … Had 61 tackles, seven interceptions, 11 pass breakups and two blocked kicks as a junior … Led North Gwinnett to a 14-1 record and the Georgia Class 7A State Championship as a junior in 2017 … Guided squad to a 10-3 mark and an appearance in the state quarterfinals as a senior in 2018.

Personal: Earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Tennessee in Dec. 2022 and his master’s degree in agricultural leadership, education and communications in 2023.

TAH’J BUTLER

Fr., LB, 6-1, 215, New Orleans, La./Edna Karr H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 29 player in the talent-rich state of Louisiana by Rivals … Named New Orleans Catholic League Defensive MVP and first-team all-league as a senior in 2023 … Helped lead team to 10-2 record and semifinals of 2023 Louisiana Division I Select playoffs as a senior … Coached by Brice Brown … Tah’j is the youngest of four siblings … First name is pronounced tah-JAY.

ISIAH CANION

Fr., WR, 6-4, 195, Warner Robins, Ga./Warner Robins H.S.

Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … No. 191 on the prestigious ESPN300 list … Region Player of the Year as a senior (2023) … Second-team all-region selection as a junior (2022) … Caught 90 passes for 1,450 yards (16.1 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior in 2023 … Versatile athlete played wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back as a junior in 2022, amassing 584 passing yards, 395 receiving yards, 32 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns (five passing, six receiving and one rushing) while also intercepting two passes in limited snaps on defense … Also served as team’s long snapper … Four-year letterwinner helped lead Warner Robins to two state championships and one state runner-up finish … Four-year captain … Coached by Shane Sams … Also a three-year letterwinner in baseball … Honor roll student … Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Enjoys participating in community service and volunteer work … Lists his most memorable non-athlete achievement as being nominated by his classmates to represent their class on Warner Robins’ homecoming court … Aspires for a career in business management.

ANTHONY CARRIE

RB, Fr., 6-0, 200, Tampa, Fla./Carrollwood Day School

Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 9 running back in the nation by Rivals … Member of prestigious Rivals250 list … Ranked as the No. 20 player in the talent-rich state of Florida by Rivals … Ran for 3,818 and 55 touchdowns over the course of four prep seasons (38 games) … Also caught 35 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in his high school career … Had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1,200 as a senior in 2023 and 1,032 as a sophomore in 2021) … Had 14 100-yard rushing games (including six as a senior) … Ran for 20 touchdowns as a sophomore (2021), 16 as a junior (2022) and 12 as a senior (2023) … Helped lead Carrollwood Day to a 26-14 record over his four seasons, including an 8-2 mark as a senior in ’23 … Coached by Marshall McDuffie.

NEHEMIAH CHANDLER

Fr., DB, 6-1, 160, Jacksonville, Fla./Wakulla H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … First-team all-district honoree … Versatile athlete played cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback over the course of his prep career … Four-year letterwinner earned one letter apiece at four different high schools … Began high school at Westside H.S. in Jacksonville, Fla. as a freshman (2020), then moving to the Tallahassee area, where he attended Godby H.S. as a (2021) and Munroe H.S. (2022) as a junior before returning to Jacksonville to attend Wakulla H.S. as a senior (2023) … Helped lead Wakulla to an undefeated regular season and berth in the Florida 2S state playoffs as a senior in ‘23  Coached at Wakulla by Barry Klees … Also plays basketball … Honor roll student … Is the fourth of five siblings … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech.

CALEB DOZIER

Fr., LB, 6-2, 225, Dothan, Ala./Headland H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Versatile athlete starred at both linebacker and tight end at Headland H.S. … Recorded 195 tackles over his final two prep seasons, with 122 tackles, 29.0 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior in 2023 and 73 tackles, 18 TFL and five sacks as a junior in 2022 … Caught 47 passes for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in ’23 after hauling in 54 receptions for 1,009 yards and 11 TD as a junior in ’22 … Helped lead Headland to a 10-3 record and appearance in the 2023 Alabama 5A quarterfinals as a senior … Selected to participate in Alabama North-South all-star game … Coached at Headland by Reginald Melton … Aspires for a career in physical therapy.

JORDAN FLOYD

Fr., OL, 6-6, 300, Lilburn, Ga./Parkview H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … All-region selection … Invited to participate in prestigious Under Armour All-America camp … Four-year letterwinner at left tackle for Parkview H.S. (alma mater of Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner) … Helped lead Parkview to four-straight state playoff appearances … Coached by Joe Sturdivant … Honor roll student … Oldest of four siblings … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech.

CEDRIC FRANKLIN II

Fr., DB, 6-0, 175, Mableton, Ga./Kell H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Versatile athlete played cornerback and quarterback at Kell H.S. … With teams generally avoiding throwing in his area, Franklin II made 61 tackles with an interception, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries over final two prep seasons … Also completed 11-of-14 passes for 229 yards (20.8 yards per completion) and three touchdowns in spot duty at QB as a senior in 2023 … Named team’s most improved player as a junior in 2022 … Helped lead Kell to 19-4 overall record and 11-1 region record over final two seasons … Coached by Bobby May … Also lettered in basketball … Cousin, Remy Lazarus, played DB at Georgia State … Cedric is an honor roll student … Intends to major in business administration with a minor in law, science and technology (pre-law) at Georgia Tech.

SYEED GIBBS

r-So., DB, 6-0, 180, Everett, Mass./Everett H.S. (Rhode Island)

Rhode Island (2022-23): Attended Rhode Island from 2022-23 … Named NCAA Division I FBS freshman all-America in 2023 … 2023 Jerry Rice Award Watch List (FBS Freshman of the Year) … Appeared in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2023, recording 52 tackles (35 solo) and 3.0 tackles for loss … Totaled three interceptions and six passes defended overall … Allowed just one touchdown against him in 52 passing targets … Tallied six solo tackles in the season-opener at Georgia State (Aug. 31) … Also had six stops at Maine (Sept. 15) … Hauled in his first interception on the season against Bryant (Sept. 30) to go along with three tackles … Recorded a season-high nine tackles, two for loss, and a career-high two interceptions at Brown (Oct. 7) … Finished with seven tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss against New Hampshire (Oct. 28) … Redshirted in 2022, appearing in four games on special teams … Had one special teams tackle at Pitt (Sept. 24) … Made his collegiate debut and had one special teams tackle at Bryant (Sept. 10).

RYLAND GOEDE

r-Sr., TE, 6-6, 260, Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain H.S. (Mississippi State)

Mississippi State (2023): Attended Mississippi State in 2023 … Appeared in 11 games while making seven starts … Made his Mississippi State debut against SE Louisiana (Sept. 2) … Also started against Alabama (Sept. 30), Auburn (Oct. 28) and Ole Miss (Nov. 23) … Hauled in first career pass for 18 yards against Ole Miss.

Georgia (2019-22): Saw action in 19 career games at Georgia from 2019-2022 … Did not record any statistics.

High School: Four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals … Ranked as the No. 6 tight end nationally and the No. 23 prospect in the state of Georgia … Finished his prep days as the Kennesaw Mountain all-time career leader in receptions, receiving yards and catches by a tight end … Earned All-Region 3-7A First Team honors as both a junior and senior … His senior season was cut short due to injury … Named to the USA Today 2017 All-USA Georgia Second Team offense … Hauled in 21 catches for 228 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a junior at Kennesaw Mountain … Coached by Caleb Carmean.

Personal: His wife, Alexa Goede, played volleyball at Mississippi State in 2023 after four years at Georgia … Dad, Chris, played football at Liberty … Mother, Sara, played volleyball at Liberty … Member of the Georgia baseball team in 2020-21.

KAI GREER

Fr., OL, 6-6, 285, Charlotte, N.C./Marvin Ridge H.S.

Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 11 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 25 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals … All-state, all-county and all-conference honoree … Four-year letterwinner at Marvin Ridge H.S. … Selected to play in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Helped lead Marvin Ridge to North Carolina 4A state playoff appearances … Coached by Aubrey Carter … Was born in Palo Alto, Calif. and lived in Tulsa, Okla. before moving to Charlotte … Father, the late Allen Gonzalez, played defensive line at Stanford and an all-state performer at Jenks H.S. in Tulsa.

JACKSON HAMILTON

r-Jr., LB, 6-0, 225, Woodstock, Ga./Blessed Trinity H.S. (Louisville)

Louisville (2021-23): Attended Louisville from 2021-23 … Appeared in 22 games and recorded 14 tackles (six solo), including a pass defended in three seasons with the Cardinals … Made eight appearances in 2023, recording nine tackles (three solo) and one pass defended … Appeared in 12 games in 2022, finishing with four tackles (two solo) on the season … Redshirted in 2021, playing in two games … Made his collegiate debut against Eastern Kentucky.

High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Slotted as the No. 38 inside linebacker and the No. 74 player in Georgia by 247Sports … Rated by Rivals as the No. 47 defensive end and the No. 58 player in the state of Georgia … First-team all-region … Three-time state champion … Coached by current Georgia Tech director of high school relations Tim McFarlin.

LUKE HARPRING

Fr., TE, 6-3, 220, Atlanta, Ga./Marist School

Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 15 tight end in the nation and the No. 25 player in the state of Georgia by 247Sports … Two-way player was a two-time all-state honoree as a defensive end, including first-team recognition as a senior in 2023 … Earned all-region accolades at both tight end and defensive end as a senior (2023) … Named all-metro at DE and WR and all-region at WR as a junior (2022) … Set school record for sacks with 15 as a junior (2022) … Despite playing in a run-heavy offense, was a key part of Marist’s high-powered attack both as a blocker in the run game and a pass-catcher, including 14 catches for 320 yards as a junior in ’22 … Helped lead Marist to the Georgia 4A state championship as a freshman (2020) and appearances in the state quarterfinals as a sophomore (4A – 2021), quarterfinals as a junior (6A – 2022) and semifinals as a senior (6A – 2023) … Team captain … Coached by Alan Chadwick … Is also a standout basketball player (four-year letterwinner, two-year captain) … Father, Matt Harpring, was an All-America and Academic All-America basketball student-athlete at Georgia Tech who was selected in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft and played 10 NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz … Mother, Amanda, was a swimmer at Cornell … Grandfather, Jack Harpring, played football at Michigan … Uncle, Pat Harpring, played basketball at Georgia Tech … Aunt, Megan Harpring, played basketball at Georgia Tech … Uncle, John Harpring, played football at Akron … Luke is the oldest of four siblings … Was born in Salt Lake City, Utah … Honor roll and dean’s list student … Aspires for a career in architecture.

JACKSON HAWES

R-Sr., TE, 6-5, 255, Salt Lake City, Utah/Highland H.S. (Yale)

Yale (2019-23): Attended Yale from 2019-23 … Recorded 35 receptions for 371 and six touchdowns at Yale … Appeared in nine games in 2023 … Hauled in nine receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown … Recorded a season-high 36 receiving yards at Dartmouth (Oct. 7) … Recorded his lone touchdown reception of the season against Penn (Oct. 21) … Named second-team all-Ivy League in 2022 … Appeared in 10 games … Led the team with four touchdown receptions … Finished with 13 catches for 139 yards … 5-yard touchdown reception midway through the fourth quarter was the winning score in Yale’s 19-14 victory at Harvard that clinched the Ivy League championship … Had a season-high 47 receiving yards in win over Brown … Appeared in all 10 games in 2021 … Ranked sixth on the team with 13 catches and totaled 135 yards … Caught a touchdown pass against Holy Cross on Sept. 18 … Also had five tackles … Wasn’t able to compete in 2020 due to COVID-19 season cancellation … Served role as reserve tight end in 2019.

High School: Earned National Football Foundation Junior Award … Varsity letterman football all four years … Varsity letterman basketball all four years … Deseret News all-region 5A second-team football as a junior … Deseret News all-region 5A first team as a senior … Deseret News all-state 5A second team as a senior … Senior year football Utah academic all-state … Senior year basketball academic all-state … Two-time football team captain … Basketball all-region 5A second team … Honor roll  member.

TREY HORNE

Fr., WR, 6-3, 175, Columbia, S.C./Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Ga.)

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Two-time all-state selection … Conference Player of the Year … Ultra-versatile player accounted for 4,743 yards (1,771 receiving, 1,552 rushing, 868 passing, 516 kickoff return, 36 punt return), 67 touchdowns (40 rushing, 16 receiving, 8 passing, 2 kickoff return, 1 punt return), 43 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles during his prep career … Helped lead Rabun Gap-Nacoochee to a 36-10 overall record … Coached by Derek White … Honor roll student … Lists finishing renovation of his Jeep with his father as his most memorable non-athletic accomplishment … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech and aspires to become a CEO.

UCHE ILOH

Fr., DL, 6-5, 250, Fayetteville, Ga./McIntosh H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Honorable mention all-state and first-team all-county and all-region selection … Did not begin playing football until sophomore year, but amassed 180 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 23 sacks in his three seasons on the gridiron … Also broke up eight passes, recovered three fumbles and forced two fumbles over the course of his prep career … Coached by Derek Smith … Is also a standout basketball player, having earned third-team all-state and Region Player of the Year recognition as a junior in 2022-23 … Lists his most memorable non-athletic accomplishment as learning how to make pasta from scratch … Is the youngest of five siblings … Was born in Newark, N.J. … Aspires for a career in federal law enforcement.

GRAHAM KNOWLES

Fr., QB, 6-7, 220, Southlake, Texas/Carroll H.S.

Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 18 quarterback in the nation by ESPN … Only had one-and-a-half seasons as a starter … Threw for 3,195 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 73% of his passes and leading Southlake Carroll to a 13-2 record and Texas 6A D-II semifinals as a senior in 2023 … Despite only making five starts as a junior (2022), was named first-team all-district and honorable mention all-area after throwing for 1,864 yards, 18 touchdowns, completing 72.3% of his passes and leading team to the fourth round of the state playoffs … Named Fort Worth Star-Telegram all-area preseason player of the year before his senior season despite having only started five games as a junior … Three-year letterwinner .. Coached by Riley Dodge … Also lettered twice in basketball … Was born in New York City and has lived in Nassau, Bahamas … Hobbies include spearfishing and freediving … Says his most memorable non-athletic accomplishment was catching a 40-pound mahi mahi in the Bahamas with his grandfather, Samual Knowles … Father, Mark, was an all-America tennis player at UCLA who went on to be a three-time Grand Slam tournament champion in doubles (Australian Open, French Open and US Open) and Wimbledon champion in mixed doubles, as well a five-time Olympian for the Bahamas and the country’s all-time leader in Davis Cup wins, who is currently an on-air analyst for the Tennis Channel … Mother, Dawn, was a prominent fashion model over two decades … Graham intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech.

E.J. LIGHTSEY

r-So., LB, 6-2, 225, Fitzgerald, Ga./Fitzgerald H.S. (Georgia)

Georgia (2022-23): Attended Georgia from 2022-23 … Did not see game action in 2023 due to injury … Saw action as a reserve LB in four games in 2022, redshirting … Made his collegiate debut in win over Samford and was credited with one solo tackle … Also played in wins over Auburn, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech … Had two stops vs. Vanderbilt.

High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 21 inside linebacker nationally by ESPN … Ranked as the No. 52 player in the talent-rich state of Georgia by ESPN … Named Georgia 2A Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state as a senior in 2021 … Also a first-team MaxPreps Small Town all-American in 2021 … Helped lead Fitzgerald H.S. to the GHSA Class 2A championship with 13-2 record as a senior … Coached by Tucker Pruitt.

TRELAIN MADDOX

Fr., RB, 6-1, 205, Stone Mountain, Ga./Parkview H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Earned all-county recognition as a senior (2023) … Played senior season at Parkview H.S. (alma mater of Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner) after transferring from Buford H.S. … Senior season was highlighted by standout performance against rival North Gwinnett, when he rushed for 220 yards, had five tackles and an interception on defense and scored the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute to go in Parkview’s 35-32 victory … Was named Touchdown Club of Atlanta Player of the Week following his performance against North Gwinnett … Helped lead Parkview to a Georgia 7A state playoffs berth in 2023 … Named team captain in only season with the team … Coached by Joe Sturdivant … Helped Buford win state championship as a freshman (2020) and sophomore (2021) … Lettered in wrestling as a sophomore and helped lead Buford to the 2021-22 state title … Also a four-year letterwinner in track and field … Uncle, Tony Tiller, played cornerback at East Tennessee State and went on to a six-year professional football career that included stints with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons and the CFL’s British Columbia Lions, Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats … Lists attaining his OSHA 10 safety certification as his most memorable non-athletic accomplishment.

LANDEN MARSHALL

Fr., DL, 6-2, 295, Andalusia, Ala./Andalusia H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 31 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 35 player in the talent-rich state of Alabama … All-state and all-district performer … Amassed 90 tackles and 29.5 tackles for loss over the final three seasons of his prep career (2021-23), including 47 tackles and 14 TFL as a senior in 2023 … Helped lead Andalusia to the Alabama 4A state championship – its first state title in 45 years – as a junior in 2022 … Four-year letterwinner … Two-year team captain … Coached by Trent Taylor … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech … Aspires to be the owner of a trucking company.

HARRISON MOORE

Fr., OL, 6-5, 260, Southlake, Texas/Carroll H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Two-time first-team all-district selection … Helped lead Southlake Carroll H.S. to three-straight district championships (2020-22) and to a 13-2 record and Texas 6A D-II semifinals as a senior in 2023  … Played for three prep seasons tight end before moving to the offensive line for his senior season … Team captain … Coached by Riley Dodge … Intends to major in industrial engineering at Georgia Tech … Aspires to be a business owner … Hobbies include geocaching.

AARON PHILO

Fr., QB, 6-2, 210, Bogart, Ga./Prince Avenue Christian School

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Georgia high school football’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,922), breaking the record previously held by current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (13,902 yds. at Cartersville H.S. – 2014-17) … Third in Georgia high school history with 159 touchdown passes … Tied Georgia H.S. single-season record with 56 touchdown passes as a senior in 2023 … Owns the third- and fourth-highest single-season passing yardage totals in state history (4,598 as a junior in 2022, 4,596 as a senior in ’23) … First-team all-state … Three-year starter led Prince Avenue to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior (2022 and 2023) … Also won state title as backup QB for Prince Avenue as a freshman (2000) … Threw at least one touchdown pass in every game over his three seasons as a starter … Threw for at least 4,500 yards in each of his three seasons as starter … A dynamic runner, finished his prep career with 32 touchdown runs and nearly 1,200 yards on the ground … Team captain … Coached by Greg Vandagriff … Also lettered in basketball … Threw a no-hitter as a freshman baseball player … Member of National Honor Society and Beta Club … Named Mr. PACS – Prince Avenue’s equivalent of homecoming king – as a senior … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech.

DAVID PRINCE

Fr., TE, 6-4, 220, Brunswick, Ga./Glynn Academy

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … All-state, two-time all-district and three-time all-area honoree … Played outside linebacker in addition to his all-state role at tight end … Caught 28 passes for 607 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2022 … Career-long reception was a 92-yard touchdown catch … Career-high for touchdown catches in a game was four … Coached by Rocky Hidalgo … Also lettered in basketball and track and field … Parents are both chefs.

CHRISTIAN PRITCHETT

Fr., DB, 6-2, 185, Harvey, La./St. Augustine H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Played quarterback for much of his prep career before moving to primarily to safety as a senior … Helped St. Augustine advance to second round of 2022 Louisiana Division I Select state playoffs, where they lost a three-point game to eventual state finalist Brother Martin … Coached by Nick Foster … Also lettered in track and field (long jump, 400m and javelin) … Cousin, Karl Hankton, spent 10 seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins (1997), Philadelphia Eagles (1998-99) and Carolina Panthers (2000-06) … Christian is an honor roll student and aspiring member of Future Business Leaders of America … Intends to major in business administration at Georgia Tech.

JAMESON RIGGS

Fr., OL, 6-6, 305, Douglasville, Ga./Hiram H.S.

Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 46 interior offensive lineman in the nation in 247Sports composite rankings … Two-time all-state and all-region selection (junior and senior seasons) … Helped lead the turnaround of a Hiram H.S. team that was 1-9 as a sophomore in 2021 to going 9-3 and advancing to the second round of the Georgia 5A state playoffs as a senior in 2023 … Two-year team captain … Coached by Pete Fominaya … Also earned two letters apiece in wrestling and track and field … Outstanding student ranks in top 10 of his class, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and is a four-year member of the Principal’s List … Intends to major in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech … Is the second-oldest of four siblings … Father, Jason, is a Georgia Tech alumnus.

KEYLAN RUTLEDGE

Jr., OL, 6-4, 310, Royston, Ga./Franklin County H.S. (Middle Tennessee)

Middle Tennessee (2022-23): Attended Middle Tennessee from 2022-23 … Played in 22 games, making 17 starts in two years at MTSU … Named first-team all-Conference USA in 2023 … Started all 11 games he played … Named the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Game four times … Averaged 74 snaps per game to lead all offensive linemen … Voted a permanent team captain by his teammates … Missed only one game due to injury … Played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2022, making six starts … Named Conference USA all-freshman … Averaged just over 50 snaps played per game … Graded out a winner nine times … Was the team’s offensive lineman of the week following MTSU win over UTEP.

High School: Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports … Lettered in football, basketball and track … Played both offensive and defensive line as a senior… Earned Region 8-AAA first team honors as a tight end in 2020 … Was a two-time all-state and all-region performer in basketball after notching 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points … Crowned a state champion in the shot-put with a throw of 53 feet, 4 inches … Also all-state in track … Played for coach Parker Martin.

TROY STEVENSON IV

Fr., DB, 5-11, 170, Hunger, S.C./Philip Simmons H.S.

Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals … Tabbed as the No. 30 cornerback in the nation by ESPN … Two-time all-state and three-time all-region honoree … Despite seeing teams largely avoid him in the passing game, still amassed eight interceptions over final three high school seasons (four as a sophomore in 2021, two as a junior in 2022, two as a senior in 2023) and total 22 passes defended, including 10 as a senior in ’23 … Played wide receiver on offense and totaled 1,756 all-purpose yards (1,020 receiving – a school record –  236 rushing, 390 kickoff return, 24 punt return and 86 interception return) and 21 touchdowns (17 receiving, two rushing and two interception return) over final three seasons … Helped lead Philip Simmons H.S. to 11-2 record, region championship and South Carolina Lower State 2A semifinals as a sophomore in 2021 and a 10-2 record and the Lower State 3A quarterfinals as a senior in 2023 … Selected to participate in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Coached by Eric Bendig … Also lettered in basketball and track and field … Is an all-state performer in the high jump, long jump and 4×100 relay.

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