Brian Gregory picked up another big commitment for 2016 class a couple of days back when Shiloh High School's Josh Okogie announced that he will attend Georgia Tech starting next season. Okogie, a three-star small forward and top-150 player nationally, chose Tech over reported offers from Kansas State and Tennessee. He joins four-star power forward Romello White, another former Tennessee target, and three-star recruit Christian Matthews as members of the 2016 class so far. I have to give some serious credit to Brian Gregory for starting to turn around what looked like a seriously depleted 2016 class with some solid commitments. Hopefully he will find success this season and build off of that momentum heading forward.
To say that the ACC has had some surprising teams this season would be a massive understatement. From UNC to Duke and even Clemson to an extent, the sheer amount of overachieving teams in the underdog conference seems to be at an all-time high. Even Syracuse and Wake Forest are out-performing perceived expectations by a relatively wide margin. And in the midst of all this growth and excitement sits Georgia Tech, the team which I would venture to call the most surprising in the nation... and for all the wrong reasons. I don't think even the harshest of critics expected 2-4 at this point in the season. Wake Forest is legitimately better at this point. That hurts, especially considering how much I trash talk the Demon Deacons. Please start backing me up, Tech.
The Georgia Tech baseball team released its upcoming schedule for the 2016 season on Wednesday, including big series with Florida State, Virginia, and UNC among others. The schedule also includes a three-game swing in Atlanta with UMBC, an acronym that I have honestly never heard in my life. After further review, it appears that UMBC is actually the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country. And after even further review, it appears that they actually have a very good baseball team, one which went 34-20 last season. The natural question when you learn of a new program is that of who or what the mascot is, and for UMBC it's the Retrievers. More specifically, a Receiver named True Grit. That's too awesome for my words to describe.
Georgia Tech has now taken official action against the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, which was accused of racial harassment of black students a month or so back, by suspending the chapter. That's honestly just disappointing. Georgia Tech continues to be one of the most socially progressive universities of its type in the world and to see something like this go on is dumb. I'm glad it got taken care of quickly.
Are you becoming more confident in Brian Gregory with the new additions to the 2016 class?