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@GeorgiaTechFB Inks 2016 Signing Class

Feb. 3, 2016

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech football head coach Paul Johnson unveiled the Yellow Jackets’ 2016 signing class Wednesday on National Signing Day. Tech’s class is 18 deep, including 11 from the state of Georgia.

The newest swarm of #FutureJackets hail from eight states: Georgia (11), Alabama (1), California (1), Florida (1), Louisiana (1), New Mexico (1), Tennessee (1) and Texas (1).

Three members of the class – Dedrick Mills (Waycross, Ga.), Emanuel Bridges (Newnan, Ga.) and transfer Desmond Branch (Rio Rancho, N.M.) – enrolled at Georgia Tech in January and will be able to participate in spring practice, which begins in March.

“This time of year, this day, everyone is excited,” said Johnson. “We did a good job of addressing the needs on our football team. We are excited about this group and feel like it fits some needs. We hit our target number. When we started when wanted to get 18 and that’s where we ended up.”

For complete information on Georgia Tech’s 2016 signing class, visit our Signing Day Central at Georgia Tech’s two-hour Signing Day show aired live this morning on ESPN3 and can be watched anytime on-demand at and via the WatchESPN app.

On the heels of a 27-member class in 2015 that included 18 from Georgia, Tech stayed close to home again in 2016 with 11 from the Peach State, including eight in the greater Atlanta area. Jakob Brashear (Dacula HS), Bridges, Jalen Camp (Cumming/South Forsyth HS), Jarett Cole (Norcross HS), Xavier Gantt (Buford HS), Jair Hawkins-Anderson (Suwanee/Northview HS), Ajani Kerr (Powder Springs/McEachern HS) and Chris Martin (Loganville/Grayson HS) all played high school football in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The Yellow Jackets added depth in the trenches with a total of seven on either the offensive or defensive lines, including four-star DL Jordan Woods (6-4, 255 pounds) from Citra, Fla., and three-star OL Parker Braun (6-3, 275) from Hallsville, Texas, the brother of former Yellow Jacket All-ACC offensive lineman Trey Braun.

“This year was a pretty good year for defensive lineman,” said Johnson. “We were able to get some really good guys. Chris Martin wanted to come to Tech and he recruited us, like we recruited him. He had a lot of good offers — some SEC offers, but he wanted to come to Georgia Tech. We were able to find Desmond Branch as a transfer, who’s a little older, and then to pick up Jordan Woods and Brandon Adams, who were two really sought-after players. We helped ourself there with some really good players.”

Two prep quarterbacks – Lucas Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) and Jay Jones (McCalla, Ala.) – are part of the 2016 class. Jones joins a long list of recent Tech signal-callers under Johnson from Alabama, which includes current starter Justin Thomas (Prattville), his backup Matthew Jordan (Jackson) and current graduate assistant coach Tevin Washington (Wetumpka).

Branch, who enrolled at Tech as a transfer from Trinity Valley CC after redshirting his rookie season at New Mexico, hails from Rio Rancho, N.M., and is believed to be the first-ever Yellow Jacket from the state of New Mexico.

Johnson, a San Diego product, is Tech’s first Golden State signee since Coach Johnson’s first season in 2008.

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 Brandon Adams 8:25 a.m. OT 6-3 315  Brentwood, Tenn. / Brentwood Academy
 Desmond Branch enrolled DE 6-3 270 Rio Rancho, N.M. / Trinity Valley CC
 Jakob Brashear 7:44 a.m. LB 6-0 205 Dacula, Ga. / Dacula HS
 Parker Braun 8:09 a.m. OL 6-3 275 Hallsview, Texas / Hallsview HS
 Emanuel Bridges enrolled LB 6-2 215 Newnan, Ga. / Newnan HS
 Jalen Camp 7:19 a.m. WR 6-2 210  Cumming, Ga. / South Forsyth HS
 Jarett Cole 7:28 a.m. S 5-10 180  Norcross, Ga. / Norcross HS
 Kenny Cooper 8:09 a.m. OL 6-3 288  Calhoun, Ga. / Sonoraville HS
 Stephen Dolphus 8:23 a.m. WR 6-5 200  Macon, Ga. / Westside HS
 Xavier Gantt 8:23 a.m. AB 5-9 165 Buford, Ga. / Buford HS
 Jair Hawkins-Anderson 8:29 a.m. WR 6-1 185 Suwanee, Ga. / Northview HS
 Lucas Johnson 10:04 a.m. QB 6-3 195 San Diego, Calif. / Mount Carmel HS
 Jay Jones 9:10 a.m. QB 6-1 190 McCalla, Ga. / McAdory HS
 Ajani Kerr 9:45 a.m. CB 6-0 183  Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern HS
 Jahaziel Lee 9:02 a.m. OL 6-3 245  Ponchatoula, La. / Ponchatoula HS
 Chris Martin 7:08 a.m. DL 6-2 260  Loganville, Ga. / Grayson HS
 Dedrick Mills enrolled BB 5-11 200  Waycross, Ga. / Ware County HS
 Jordan Woods 9:36 a.m. DL 6-4 255  Citra, Fla. / North Marion HS


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