One guy who caught a lot of folks' attention for all the right reasons in Georgia Tech's spring game (including that of Coach Paul Johnson) was third-string QB Ty Griffin, who displayed fantastic athleticism and a lot of promise moving forward. With a little more time, Griffin established himself as a potential starter, leading the gold team offense for a majority of the contest. Now, less than two weeks later, it's been reported that Griffin will transfer.
The news was broken on Friday by Eric Thompson over at GTSwarm.com, and confirmed by a number of other sources. According to Thompson, Griffin said Georgia Tech just "wasn't the place for him" (a solid alternative, I'll say, to blaming the offensive scheme). It's been speculated that part of the move might be Griffin's attempt to join his brother, the 4-star RB Taj Griffin, as he heads out to play for the Oregon Ducks.
Griffin was signed as a member of the 2013 signing class, the same already-small class which saw Kevin Robbins Jr. and Justin Akins announce their intents to transfer earlier this spring. Griffin committed after being offered very late in the recruiting cycle, a result of a slew of late flips that plagued the 2013 recruiting class. Even though he was only rated as a 2-star recruit, it would seem that the Yellow Jacket coaching staff saw potential in him - the very same potential many fans saw in the spring game only a couple of weeks ago.
With Griffin gone, true freshman Matthew Jordan - previously thought to be a redshirt candidate - will likely end up the third-string QB this season if the need is to arise. I still think that he is redshirted, but if there are injuries to Thomas and/or Byerly that create the need, I think Jordan would play over walk-on Brady Swilling. Also an option in an emergency situation would be the converted QB Synjyn Days, currently playing A-Back, but with the ability and experience to fill in if need be.
How does this affect the team going forward? Are you upset that he's leaving?