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  Each with eligibility remaining, three Georgia Tech players have decided to complete their football-playing careers. Defensive tackle T.K. Chimedza, tight end PeJe Harris and offensive lineman Pierce Quick confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they have moved on from playing football at Tech or elsewhere.

Quick, who started eight games for the Jackets last season at left guard after transferring from Alabama, figures to be the most significant on-field loss. Quick was in position to stay in the starting lineup with his remaining two seasons of eligibility but injuries led him to decide to retire. Quick has transferred back to Alabama, where his path to a degree was quicker than at Tech, and is on track to graduate this spring. He plans to pursue a career in coaching. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


rJr/2025 OT Pierce QuickGeorgia Tech
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  Mississippi State has its first tight end and a new volleyball player to boot. Georgia tight end Ryland Goede committed to transfer to MSU on Monday, and he'll bring his fiancĂ©e - volleyball player Alexa Fortin - to Starkville as well. Goede did not record any statistics during the 2022 season on a national champion Georgia team featuring a pair of standout tight ends in Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington. The fourth-year junior played in 13 games in 2019 and 2021, missing the 2020 season while recovering from shoulder surgery. The Kennesaw, Georgia, product is a former four-star recruit. - The Dispatch

rSr/2025 TE Ryland GoedeGeorgia Tech
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  From birth, Haynes King has lived a life revolving around football. Growing up the son of a high-school football coach in Texas, King was a ballboy for the Longview High Lobos "as soon as he was old enough to protect himself on the sideline," Haynes' father John said. As a young boy and later a star quarterback in Longview, an east Texas city of about 82,000 roughly 40 miles from the Louisiana border, he spent many an hour in the Lobo Den, the school's fieldhouse. "He's just a guy that leads by example," John King said of his son in a phone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Not a big rah-rah guy. Hard worker, great teammate. Enjoys the locker room, the coaches office. He just kind of grew up a coach's kid and that's what he likes to do. It doesn't take much to make him happy. He's just kind of one of the guys." That approach will surely find itself welcome within the confines of the Georgia Tech locker room.

After three years at Texas A&M, King seeks a new start at Tech and a fair shot at playing time -- and has three remaining seasons of eligibility. "That's all he wants," John King said. "He just wants a chance to win a job and play college football, be a starter." At Texas A&M, King was a heralded recruit - he was ranked the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class by 247Sports Composite - who twice won the Aggies' starting job (2021 and 2022) coming out of the preseason. He was recognized by the team with awards for his toughness, attitude and conditioning level and earned the praise of coach Jimbo Fisher. But on-field success was not to be his as an Aggie. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


rJr/2026 QB Haynes KingGeorgia Tech
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  Nebraska's push into the transfer portal isn't over yet. The Huskers are hosting former Georgia tight end Brett Seither this weekend, a source confirmed to The World-Herald. The 6-foot-5, 228-pounder arrives on the heels of winning a national championship with the Bulldogs days ago in Los Angeles. NU has already added nine transfers since coach Matt Rhule arrived in late November and now will look to shore up a tight end position full of unproven youth. Seither has appeared in 27 career games, making a total of three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown across four seasons. He would have two years of remaining eligibility. Georgia, of course, will have star Brock Bowers for another year coming off an award-winning campaign as the nation's top tight end. The Bulldogs are adding multiple high-end prospects there in the 2023 cycle to a loaded room. - Lincoln Journal Star

rSr/2025 TE Brett SeitherGeorgia Tech
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  Former Georgia Tech wide receiver E.J. Jenkins has been performing before NFL scouts this week at the Hula Bowl, one of five former Yellow Jackets players who has been chosen to take part in a pre-draft all-star game. The Hula Bowl will be played at noon Saturday in Orlando and televised on CBS Sports Network. Jenkins caught 17 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns this past season, his lone season with the Jackets after transferring from South Carolina.

A year ago, former Tech safety Tariq Carpenter parlayed an impressive week of practice at the Hula Bowl into an invitation to the higher-profile Senior Bowl, where he improved his draft standing and ultimately was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round. The four other former Jackets who have been selected to compete in a postseason showcase game are wide receiver Malachi Carter and linebacker Ayinde Eley (NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Jan. 28 in Pasadena, Calif.), linebacker Charlie Thomas (East-West Shrine Bowl, Feb. 2 in Las Vegas) and defensive end Keion White (Senior Bowl, Feb. 4 in Mobile, Ala.). Running back Hassan Hall took part in the College Gridiron Showcase, a pre-draft event in Fort Worth, Texas. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


rSr/2023 TE E.J. JenkinsGeorgia Tech
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  Christian Leary, a wide receiver who spent the past two seasons at Alabama, announced Sunday that he is transferring to Georgia Tech. It is a change of direction for Leary, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in December and announced Dec. 13 that he was transferring to Central Florida. Leary made the announcement Sunday on Instagram. He did not reveal the reason for the switch.

Instead of becoming the third former Alabama player to join Gus Malzahn at UCF, Leary will instead join a Georgia Tech program led by former Tide offensive line coach Brent Key. Leary, who is from Orlando, was a four-star recruit in Alabama's 2021 class ranked No. 75 nationally in 247 Sports' rankings. He switched to running back during his freshman season when injuries struck that position before returning to wide receiver in 2022. He caught one pass for 6 yards this season while appearing mostly on special teams. - Birmingham News


Sr/2025 WR Christian LearyGeorgia Tech
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  Georgia Tech added its eighth player from the transfer portal when Abdul Janneh, a wide receiver from Duquesne, announced his transfer decision Saturday. Janneh, 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, played in all 11 games for the Dukes this season a sophomore. He caught 43 passes for 579 yards and nine touchdowns. He played in five games in 2021 and four games in 2020. Duquesne is an FCS school that plays in the Northeast Football Conference. The Dukes finished this season with a 4-7 record, 3-4 in conference play. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

rSr/2025 WR Abdul JannehGeorgia Tech
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY SECOND TEAM: OLB Paul Moala (UI),...Linebacker Moala was a stat stuffer all season. He had 54 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, six pass breakups and four interceptions, including a key pick against Montana. - Idaho Football

rSr/2024 OLB Paul MoalaGeorgia Tech
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  2022 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: OL: Keylan Rutledge, Middle Tennessee,...Rutledge, a true freshman from Royston, Ga., played in 10 games and had five starts. He averaged nearly 50 snaps per game and graded out a winner from the coaches eight times during the season. Rutledge was the team's offensive lineman of the week following the win over UTEP. - Middle Tennessee Football

Jr/2026 OG Keylan RutledgeGeorgia Tech
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  Georgia Tech running back Dontae Smith will be back to use his extra season of eligibility. Smith, who set a career high with 420 rushing yards this season, made his announcement Thursday from his Twitter account. He made the proclamation in a manner fitting for this new age in college sports, writing "1 last ride" while also posting a link to his online merchandise shop. Smith's return provides needed experience for an offense that has lost or stands to lose several key offensive skill players either to graduation or the transfer portal, including quarterback Jeff Sims, wide receivers Nate McCollum and Malachi Carter and running back Hassan Hall. Depending on what Tech does in procuring running backs out of the transfer portal, Smith is positioned to have a major role in the 2023 season. In four seasons, Smith has run 208 times for 1,159 yards and 12 touchdowns, a 5.0 yards-per-carry average. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

rSr/2024 RB Dontae SmithGeorgia Tech
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  Alabama wide receiver Christian Leary has chosen Central Florida as his new school after entering the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month. Leary, an Orlando native, will return home and play for Gus Malzahn, who led UCF to a 9-4 record and Military Bowl appearance this season. Leary becomes the second Alabama wide receiver to transfer to UCF since the end of the 2021 season. Javon Baker transferred this past summer after two seasons with Alabama, and led the Knights with 747 yards on 54 catches this season.

Leary was one of four Alabama wide receivers who have entered the transfer portal in the past three weeks, joining fellow sophomore JoJo Earle, junior Traeshon Holden and freshman Aaron Anderson. Holden announced his transfer Sunday to Oregon. Appearing in 10 games this season mostly on special teams, Leary caught one pass for six yards. He appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2021, converting to running back midseason when injuries struck that position. - Birmingham News


Sr/2025 WR Christian LearyGeorgia Tech
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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: LB - Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech, 63 votes,...Receiving his second All-ACC honor (honorable mention in 2021), Thomas also turned in a monstrous 2022 campaign in which he ranked second in the conference in solo tackles (71), and fifth in total tackles (112) and fumbles recovered (2). He also finished top-20 in the league in tackles for loss (10.5). In total this season, Thomas was the only player in the nation and only the second in Division I FBS since 2000 with 112 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced through 12 games - joining Paul Dawson, TCU in 2014. - Georgia Tech Football

rSr/2023 OLB Charlie ThomasGeorgia Tech
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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: AP - Hassan Hall, Georgia Tech, 18 votes,...In his first season on The Flats after transferring, Hall ranked 15th in the ACC with 900 all-purpose yards (521 rushing, 165 receiving and 214 kicking return yards). Hall is one of just two players in the conference with 500 rushing yards, 150 receiving yards and 200 kickoff return yards. Hall would rank fourth in the ACC in kickoff return yards (23.8 ypr) if he didn't fall shy of the minimum number of attempts needed to qualify. - Georgia Tech Football

rSr/2023 RB Hassan HallGeorgia Tech
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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: S - LaMiles Brooks, Georgia Tech, 47 votes,...One of the top safeties in the country (No. 21, according to Pro Football Focus), Brooks led Tech and ranked third in the ACC with three interceptions on the season. Brooks finished the year with the fourth-most tackles on the team, making 52 stops, including 2.5 for loss. He also broke up seven passes to finish with 10 passes defended - good for 12th in the league - and recovered a fumble. - Georgia Tech Football

rSr/2025 FS LaMiles BrooksGeorgia Tech
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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: DE - Keion White, Georgia Tech, 44 votes,...White was a force on the defensive line for Georgia Tech, ranking sixth in the ACC with 14.0 tackles for loss and seventh in the league with 7.5 sacks. It's the most sacks and tackles for loss by a Georgia Tech player since second-round NFL Draft pick Jeremiah Attaochu in 2013. In addition to his dominance behind the line of scrimmage, White also finished third on the team with 54 total tackles for the year. - Georgia Tech Football

rSr/2023 DT Keion WhiteGeorgia Tech
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