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Technical Tidbits 1/24: Bulovas rescinds commitment, King and Owens fill void

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Tech received two more commitments but lost one as well. That’s what we call a net gain.

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Georgia Tech is without a top kicker once again following yesterday’s decommitment by top-rated placekicker Joseph Bulovas, a long-time Georgia Tech commit and All-American special teamer. Citing “better opportunities elsewhere,” the Louisiana native decided to reopen his commitment and carry on with the recruiting process after well over six months as a commit for Paul Johnson. There was a bit of drama with Bulovas’ recruitment a few weeks back, but that was thought to have been smoothed over prior to yesterday’s announcement. Don’t give him any flak for his decision regardless of where he ends up. We know absolutely nothing about his decision as far as what he considers a better “opportunity” (a school with a better selection of majors, perhaps) or what the circumstances in his life are.

Speaking of kickers, Tech already has a new one in the form of Mill Creek’s Brenton King. King wasted no time filling the void left by Bulovas, becoming commitment No. 20 for the cycle (I’ll get to No. 19 momentarily) just hours after the aforementioned decommitment. The top-rated kicker in the state of Georgia, King was previously a hard commit to Old Dominion before the Tech job opened up once again. I’m not sure if he hits from 70 like Bulovas could, but King does own the Mill Creek record for longest kick — from 56 yards, set back in September. With an 83% touchback rate and a 78% field goal percent on the year, he’s no slouch himself. Congratulations to Brenton King on his commitment!

Finally, let’s meet Georgia Tech’s second commitment No. 19 in the past two days: three-star defensive lineman Antwan Owens. Formerly a UCF commit, Owens decided to continue his football career at Tech over 27 total offers ranging from Maryland to Wake Forest to Kentucky. He received his Tech offer back in early November and took his time deciding what the best choice was, eventually choosing the Jackets over Central Florida and apparently South Florida, which 247Sports still gives Owens a 100% chance of attending. Great work, everyone! Congratulations to Antwan!