Paul Johnson and the football staff continue to roll on the recruiting trail, having secured commitment number twelve of the 2017 cycle yesterday afternoon when four-star cornerback Tre Swilling chose Tech. Swilling, the son of Tech great Pat Swilling, elected to continue his father's legacy on the Flats over offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, USC, and others. The defensive back depth of this coming class continues to be highly impressive; it now features two four-star corners in Swilling and Gentry Bonds plus a slew of other talented players to add to Tech's secondary. It's also possible that Swilling's brother, four-star RB/LB Bruce Swilling, could also choose Tech in the coming days. If that happens, this 2017 class very well could be the best of Paul Johnson's tenure when it's all said and done. Check out the FTRS breakdown right here.
Continuing the Legacy. pic.twitter.com/CXAgPDzXFq— Trè Swilling (@TreSwilling) August 23, 2016
After playing in the NBA's summer league with the Brooklyn Nets, former Tech star Marcus Georges-Hunt has signed a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics as he continues striving for a career in professional basketball. His odds of making Boston's roster are slim at this point, but an extremely strong performance during the NBA's preseason could be enough to draw some interest from either the Celtics or another NBA team looking to fill out its roster. The worst case scenario seems to be a D-League assignment, essentially meaning that Georges-Hunt would begin his professional career in the "minor leagues" of the NBA. That would have been something of a death sentence just years ago, but the league has been steadily transitioning towards accepting D-League assignments as an extension of the roster, much like Major League Baseball does with their minor league franchises; it has become increasingly common for professional teams to send underdeveloped talent to a team and then calling them back up throughout the season in the event of an injury or something else. Congratulations to Marcus!
I'll leave you today with a look at Tech's top five plays from the 2015 season, featuring everything from a relatively short touchdown pass versus Alcorn State to the now-infamous Miracle on Techwood Drive versus FSU and everything in between. I wish there were enough highlights from last year to make a 10-play video, but the final five would just be two-yard gains where no one fumbled or sustained an injury. Is it 2016 yet? Almost.
Have a great Tuesday!