Georgia Tech legacy ready to return from injury

Georgia Tech linebacker commit Tyler Cooksey is ready to play after missing his last two games for Greater Atlanta Christian high school with an injury.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder suffered an undisclosed injury in GAC’s season-opening win over Benedictine. Cooksey could’ve played last week, if needed, but his coach decided to go and hold him out until the team’s region schedule kicks off next week.

LB Tyler Cooksey of GAC (AJC/Michael Carvell)

“He is about ready to be back,” GAC coach Tim Hardy told the AJC. “We’re being conservative on non-region football games, and being wise with that. It’s a long season.

“We make the analogy that if you sprain your ankle and you come back too early, you deal with ankle sprain the whole season. But if you sit out 10 days, you’ll probably not have ankle problems the rest of the year. We’re just being wise with a number of injuries across the board in the early going.”

Cooksey’s highly-publicized teammate, defensive back Micah Abernathy (uncommitted), has also missed the last two games after being injured in the opener.

Cooksey is a Georgia Tech legacy who committed to the Yellow Jackets on this past Father’s Day. His father, Tom Cooksey, played nose guard for the ACC school from 1976-79.

The younger Cooksey is rated as a 3-star and the state’s No. 60 overall prospect. He picked Georgia Tech over UNC, Duke and Stanford, among others.

“He’s a good football player,” Hardy said. “He’s big, strong, fast and can run. He is a good player. He’s just tremendous young man. He’s a very mature young man, and very passionate in the things that he does. We’re pretty high on him for sure.”

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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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