Jakeenan Gant, the number one basketball recruit in Georgia, is likely going to remain committed to Missouri, according to the AJC's Michael Carvell. There was some speculation that he would decommitt and possibly end up as a Jacket (Georgia Tech recruited him heavily before he made his decision) when former Mizzou head coach Frank Haith resigned to take the same job at Tulsa in April. Also mentioned in the article is Georgia Tech's interest in power forward Phil Cofer, who was granted release by Tennessee following their coaching change. Cofer, a four-star recruit out of Whitewater High School in Atlanta, had scholarship offers from six SEC schools, two ACC schools (including Tech) and George Mason before choosing Tennessee, so Tech has some serious competition if they want to land him.
Former Georgia Tech center Jay Finch has been drawing interest from around the NFL lately. Finch is rated as the #20 center overall by CBS Sports and is the #626 overall prospect for the upcoming draft. While it isn't likely that he will be drafted, there is a good chance that he will at least attend workouts with an NFL team and possibly make a team as an undrafted free agent. An interesting note made in the article above is how fast his forty time is for a center-- that and his overall performance on pro day could be what clinches him a spot on an NFL roster come next season.
In other news involving former centers, TGW caught up with Georgia Tech alumnus and former center Sean Bedford. Bedford, who played at Tech from 2006-2010, apparently decided that it was not enough to be just an aerospace engineer and began to pursue a career in law-- he is currently studying for his bar exam in Guatemala. During his playing days at Tech, Bedford started off as a walk-on in 2006, redshirted his first year, played on the scout team for two years, and then finished off his career as the starting center for the team in 2008 and 2009.
Just to brighten up your Monday, take a look at the video below detailing the innocence or guilt of "The LeBron James of Football", Tayvon Jackson aka Synjyn Days. I was completely thrown off by the whole video because I didn't learn that it was a final project until after watching it (yes, I thought this was a real prospect named Tayvon Jackson because I didn't recognize him as Synjyn Days. They wear helmets, okay?), but it was pretty hilarious. Who knew Synjyn Days was such a good actor?
My favorite quotes from the video:
"I just came to Georgia Tech, you know, to mainly just find someone who is gonna take care of me the rest of my life while I just sit on my butt."
"I mean to be honest, uh, I never read the dictionary growing up so I really don't know what alleged means."
Job well done, Synjyn.
Daily Debate: Which former Yellow Jacket has the best chance of becoming an undrafted free agent with a long and prosperous career that sees them start for an NFL team? Why?
Tener un buen Cinco de Mayo y gracias por leer.