Georgia Tech picked up its 11th football pledge of the 2016 cycle on Thursday when it scored a commitment from junior college defensive end Desmond Branch. The 6-3, 265-pound prospect became the third player in as many days to pick the Yellow Jackets, joining offensive lineman Kenny Cooper and wide receiver Jalen Camp.
Originally a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Branch was an All-State player at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, in 2013. He played his freshman season at New Mexico before transferring to Trinitiy Valley Community College.
Coming out of high school, Branch was rated the No. 90 weak-side defensive end in his class on the 247Sports Composite. He is the second defensive lineman to commit to Georgia Tech’s 2016 group, joining defensive tackle Chris Martin.
Tech’s 11-man class ranks 14th in the ACC in the Rivals.com team rankings.