Paul Johnson's offensive system at Georgia Tech is different from most, and so are the requirements it puts on its offensive linemen.
So it's rarely a surprise then, when Johnson goes off the beaten recruiting path to land a future blocker.
That appears to be the case with the Yellow Jackets' latest 2014 commitment, Jake Whitley. Georgia Tech only had to beat out Appalachian State, Marshall and Old Dominion to land the 6-4, 290-pound lineman out of North Augusta (S.C.) High School. But again, with Johnson and his linemen, it's all about how they fit into his system. While it's likely that Whitley will fill out more over the next year or two, the Yellow Jacket coaches like him because of his athleticism; they see him as the perfect fit for their option system.
According to Whitley, his reasons for chosing the school were pretty straightforward. He told the Aiken Standard: "It's in the ACC, it's close to home, I love the coaching staff and the atmosphere and you can't beat the education."
Whitley has yet to take an official visit to the school, but he has attended the campus several times in the past. Apparently that was enough, because he committed to Tech yesterday. He will return to Atlanta in late September to watch the Yellow Jackets take on North Carolina.
Whitley is a two-star lineman recruit, per 247 Sports and Rivals and has not yet been rated by Scout.
Here are some highlights from Whitley's 2012 season.