On Monday, Lamar County High School twins Lance Austin and Lawrence Austin committed to become a part of the class of 2014 for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. On Wednesday, another teammate, Qua Searcy, gave his verbal commitment to Georgia Tech, giving them a rare trio of players from the same high school.
All three players are three star prospects according the ESPN, with Searcy being the most coveted. The 5-foot-11 wide receiver had several big time offers including Clemson, South Carolina, and Louisville before he pulled the trigger yesterday. What he lacks in size (he’s only 155 pounds) he makes up for with explosiveness and quickness. He has tremendous ball skills, and although he doesn’t have elite speed, he is quick out of his breaks and runs excellent routes which allows him to create separation from defenders. He could be used as a slot in the Georgia Tech’s triple option attack, allowing him to get a few touches in the run game.
Searcy joins the Austin brothers who verbally committed to the Yellow Jackets just two days earlier. Both brothers are a bit undersized, with Lawrence listed at 5-foot-8 and Lance at 5-foot-9. Lance was recruited by most teams as a corner but could play offense for the Yellow Jackets. He’s been a solid running back in high school and displays surprising strength for an undersized back. He has great feet and lateral movement and could be an added weapon for Paul Johnson. He could also play corner as he has shown the ability to play well in both man and zone schemes in high school.
Lawrence is likely to play corner for Tech, but his size could be problematic. His overall skills are solid, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to play on the outside at 5-foot-8. ACC wide receivers seem to be getting bigger by the year, and that could certainly be detrimental to Lawrence. One definite positive is that he is a willing tackler who throws his body around without hesitation. He could end up becoming a contributor for the Jackets in time, but it remains to be seen if he can cover the athletes he will face in the ACC consistently.
Georgia Tech is now up to eight commitments for the class of 2014, and in a unique circumstance, three come from the same Barnesville, Georgia high school. The transition to the college game is difficult for most high school athletes, but these three with have some familiar faces around from the start.
B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip on Twitter.