How recruiting can help Georgia Tech's offensive line

The beneficiary of an improved offensive line at Georgia Tech would be quarterback Justin Thomas. Mike Dinovo/USA TODAY Sports

A look at Georgia Tech’s biggest position of need for 2016 and how the Yellow Jackets are addressing it in recruiting:

Biggest need: The offensive line is in need of some reinforcements in Atlanta. Georgia Tech said goodbye to three regular starters to graduation after the 2015 season: left tackle Bryan Chamberlain, left guard Trey Braun and guard/tackle Errin Joe. Moreover, the Jackets lost redshirt freshman Gary Brown, the 2014 offensive scout team player of the year who is pursuing an art career elsewhere. Here's the problem: Even with those three seniors this past season, the Georgia Tech ground game was not all that good, relatively speaking. The Jackets finished eighth nationally in rushing yards per game, which marked the worst ranking of the eight-year Paul Johnson era. Their 256.17 rushing yards per game were far and away their lowest output under Johnson, whose previous low at Georgia Tech was 273.23 yards per game, back in his debut season of 2008. With the dynamic quarterback Justin Thomas back for his fifth season, the Jackets have to take advantage and allow him to work his magic. -- Fortuna

Recruiting scoop: The Yellow Jackets have a pair of interior offensive line prospects on the commit list thus far, led by ESPN 300 Parker Braun. Braun, the younger brother of Georgia Tech senior offensive lineman Trey Braun, projects as a guard or center at the next level and is expected to be a multiyear starter. The second lineman in the class is in-state three-star guard Kenny Cooper. The Yellow Jackets would like to add at least one more lineman to the class, and still have hopes of flipping ESPN 300 and LSU commit Donavaughn Campbell. -- Gerry Hamilton