The Georgia Tech football staff got some great news on Sunday afternoon when three-star center Connor Hansen, a 300-pound prospect out of Tallahassee, became the second commitment of the 2017 cycle. Currently considered a top-20 center in the country, Hansen chose Tech over reported offers from Air Force, Army, Charlotte, and Coastal Carolina.
I'm very blessed to have received my 16th offer from Georgia Tech but I have even better news... pic.twitter.com/EDDgs2dr3E— Connor Hansen⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Connorhanse) June 5, 2016
With his commitment, we now have somewhat of an heir apparent to senior center Freddie Burden. I was afraid this cycle would pass without a new center commitment to fill that void, so seeing Hansen make his decision is a bit of a relief. Center is just one of those positions that you never notice until you are starting Mike Person, like the Falcons were last season. Having someone capable of snapping the ball sure is an underrated luxury.
Georgia Tech baseball saw its season come to an unfortunate close over the weekend when the Jackets fell by a final score of 10-1 at the hands of the No. 1 Florida Gators down in Gainesville. The silver lining is that Tech was at least able to eliminate both Bethune-Cookman and UConn prior to being defeated by the Gators, but the truth is that no team could win with a pitching staff like Tech's going up against one like Florida's. Outside of Brandon Gold, there was just no one able to really step up this season. I fully expect it to get better next season, though the impending MLB Draft could do some damage to the current roster. Getting a college degree is nice, but so is a check worth $100,000 with the promise of more to come. We'll see how all that plays out soon.
In other NCAA Tournament news, the ACC is doing just fine so far. Regional host Virginia went down hard at the hands of ECU, but the conference has been solid otherwise to this point. There are a number of games still going on with ACC implications as I write this, but at the moment Miami, Louisville, Boston College, and Florida State have all clinched Super Regional berths. That means that a minimum of 1/4 of the field will be from the ACC, and that the conference will put at least one team into the College World Series (Boston College and Miami are Super Regional opponents). That's pretty good, especially when you consider that NC State has the opportunity to clinch this afternoon against Coastal Carolina. Yep, I'm in full-on ACC support mode. Get used to it.