Georgia Tech received a pair of football commitments over the weekend, the first being kicking prospect Joseph Bulovas out of Mandeville High School (La.). Bulovas, a three-star recruit, is the fourth-ranked kicker in the entire nation and comes with plenty of leg; he consistently hit from 60+ during his high school career and barely missed from 69 yards out during his senior season. With his commitment and that of third-ranked kicker Pressley Harvin III, Tech has now secured half of the top four kicking prospects in the nation. That's what I'd like to call sneakily excellent on the part of Tech's recruiting staff considering the often undervalued importance of the special teams game in college football. A kicker with the leg to hit from 60 during a game coupled with a punter who can flip field position consistently is a luxurious combination that few schools have.
Though he isn't a special teamer by trade, Norcross cornerback Dameon Williams became the fifth commitment of the 2017 cycle the day after Bulovas announced his decision. Williams, a three-star prospect, chose Tech over reported offers from Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Iowa, four programs that are similar to Tech in that they rely on developing under-the-radar talent. If nothing else, that signals that Williams' talent is great enough to have been noticed by multiple schools which search for undervalued players. It certainly bodes will for his Tech future, especially when you consider the depleted state of the secondary as it stands.
Georgia Tech baseball had a pair of players selected on the second day of the MLB Draft when shortstop Connor Justus was drafted by the Angels and Matt Gonzalez was drafted by the hometown Braves. Justus, the first Jacket selected, went in the fifth round. Though he's still a junior and could choose to return to Tech for his senior season, it seems rather unlikely given his high draft position, the $347,000 value of his slot, and the fact that he would lose tremendous leverage as a senior. That's especially true considering how well he hit this season; batting .320 in the ACC is difficult to improve on. That said, seeing Justus return wouldn't shock anyone. He plays a premium position at a very high level and could see increased power, which would do wonders for his future draft stock.
There's no fluid way to work this in, but I feel that it is highly important to recognize and mourn the losses sustained in the tragic situation which unfolded at a club in Orlando early yesterday morning. With 50 innocent people killed and 53 more injured, the horrendous event became the most fatal mass shooting in American history, eclipsing the Virginia Tech massacre by an astounding 18 lives lost. There are really no words that can do justice to such an abhorrent situation. If you feel compelled to help those impacted, consider one of the options outlined in this article from Time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the families and friends of the victims, and the city of Orlando.