Georgia Tech football surprises walk-on Bailey Ivemeyer, a Brookwood grad, with scholarship

Sep 23, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offensive lineman Bailey Ivemeyer (62) carries the Georgia state flag as the team runs onto the field before their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson surprised walk-on offensive lineman Bailey Ivemeyer with a scholarship Friday.

Johnson announced the good news for the Brookwood graduate with a social media post.

“This time of the year every year is one of my favorite times,” Johnson said in the message. “We go through recruiting and we go through stuff, scholarships and managing numbers. We have a pretty large amount of walk-ons year to year that come on and put in time and effort and work. This year it’s my pleasure to be able to award one of the guys a scholarship. … A guy who walked on, came in here and started some games on the offensive line for us. He’s played a bunch of football, Bailey Ivemeyer.”

Ivemeyer, a redshirt junior, wasn’t heavily recruited out of Brookwood, where was he a three-year letterman and team captain his senior year. He also was a two-year lacrosse captain for the Broncos.

He walked on at Georgia Tech — his father John played for the Yellow Jackets from 1981-84 — and redshirted his true freshman season. He made an impact quickly from there, earning the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award in 2016 and appearing in one game that season.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pounder made a bigger mark last season with appearances in eight games, most notably his first career start in a 28-24 win over then-17th-ranked Virginia Tech. He paved the way for 261 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Virginia Tech victory, finishing the season with playing time in five straight games.

Ivemeyer was projected as a starter at right tackle when Georgia Tech released its initial depth chart earlier this summer.