It appears that the bleeding was not fully over when wide receiver Micheal Summers quit the team earlier this month -- news broke yesterday that senior defensive tackle Jabari Hunt is also hanging up the cleats and ending his Georgia Tech career early. Our odds of finding out precisely why Hunt left the team are exactly zero, so his departure will leave us all speculating once again as to why another upperclassman decided to end his career early. Hunt, who came into the season with unreal expectations following his academic ineligibility during the 2014 season, failed to live up to the hype and was benched earlier this season for Patrick Gamble. While he almost certainly would've played a larger role in the coming weeks given the depleted state of the defensive line, the most concerning thing is that he is now the second player to flat-out quit the team mid-season due to non-health issues. That isn't a good number.
Georgia Tech's baseball team and head coach Danny Hall wrapped up another successful recruiting cycle yesterday, inking a dozen future Jackets to National Letters of Intent. The class is currently a top-20 group in the country and only figures to get stronger as the signees round out their senior seasons of high school baseball. The biggest name from the class is that of outfielder Taylor Trammel, a left-hander from Mount Paran in Atlanta. He is a top-50 player in the nation as well as a top-10 outfielder. I'm personally looking forward to typing the name of Xzavion Curry as many times as possible over the coming years -- the versatile righty from Mays is a top-200 prospect in the nation but is easily No. 1 on the cool name-o-meter.
Georgia Tech will kick off its penultimate game of the season this weekend when the Jackets take on Miami down in Coral Gables. The Canes, who fired Al Golden earlier this season, have been just as enigmatic as Tech all season long -- they managed to beat both Virginia Tech and Nebraska but have also lost 58-0 and 59-21 to Clemson and North Carolina, respectively. Despite those struggles, Miami has undoubtedly been the better team this season. The Canes own a 6-4 record (3-3 in the ACC) and are already guaranteed a bowl berth, having win the required six games. I don't really know what else they have to play for at this point, but this is still a game that I wouldn't count on winning. Miami is just a better football team at the moment.
This 2015 football schedule looks tougher and tougher with every passing week. The newest round of CFP polling has a pair of Tech opponents -- Clemson and Notre Dame -- at numbers one and four, respectively. That is not really anything new, but what has changed is that both Florida State and UNC are beginning to get even more credit for their seasons: the 'Noles are now at No. 14 while the Heels are at No. 17. It is crazy to think about, but Larry Fedora's team very well could be in the playoff conversation right now if it weren't for an ugly opening loss to South Carolina. If UNC had pulled that one out and Tech hadn't beaten FSU, we could be looking at four top-10 teams on the schedule from this season. Is that any consolation?
Are you afraid that the pair of upperclassmen who have quit the team are an indicator of something bigger or simply isolated incidents?