High School seniors can't officially sign their letters of intent to play college football until next month, but Newnan senior Emanuel Bridges is getting a jump start on his college career.
Bridges is one of four players who enrolled at Georgia Tech right after Christmas, and he will now have the chance to get his feet wet academically and also go through spring practice with the Yellow Jackets.
Bridges will be part of a new class at Georgia Tech which will help try and turn things around for the Jackets after a disappointing 3-9 record overall and a 1-7 mark in the ACC in 2015.
The losing record ended the Yellow Jackets' streak of 18 straight seasons with a bowl bid.
The 6-3, 219-pound linebacker popped onto Georgia Tech's recruiting wish list before starting his senior season, and he didn't disappoint.
Bridges was named the Newnan Times Herald's Co-Defensive Player of the Yearnand was recently named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAAA second team.
Bridges finished the year with 91 tackles, including nine for a loss.
He is one of four new Yellow Jackets who moved onto campus last week. Ware County's Dedrick Mills, who will play one of the B-back positions at Tech, also is an early arrival.
Quarterback Jaylend Ratliff is set to finally start his college career after getting sidetracked last year when he suffered a head injury in a ATV accident. Ratliff originally signed last February.
After months of rehab, he has been cleared by his own doctors to resume football activities. However, Tech's medical staff will have the final word on when he can begin football-related workouts.
Junior college transfer Desmond Branch also has enrolled at Tech and is expected to compete for playing time at defensive end.
Bridges will officially sign on with Tech on Feb. 3, National Signing Day.