Three Jackets Taken in the MLB Draft
Congratulations Trevor Craport, Zac Ryan, and Jason Peurifoy! Craport was the only underclassmen taken in this draft and was taken in the 11th round by the Baltimore Orioles. He could still decide to return to the Flats for his senior season, but he will likely sign and join the professional ranks. Seniors Ryan and Peurifoy went in the 23rd and 38th round respectively. Georgia Tech also had several incoming recruits who were drafted. It remains to be sign whether they choose college or joining the pros immediately. Despite being eligible, I was somehow not drafted despite hitting about .500 in my co-ed slow pitch softball league.
Six New Inductees in GT Hall of Fame
This was a loaded class including some well remembered stars. Roger Anderson was an All-American tennis star at GT who led some strong teams in the early 2000s. Robert Castro won 7 tournaments during his time as a Georgia Tech golfer and was on the 2005 that was the runner-up in the NCAA Championships. Ashlee Kidd was an incredible 7-time All-American who still holds the school record for the 200 and 400 meter sprints. Durant Brooks was a special teams star who received the 2007 Ray Guy Award for the best punter in the country and was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. BJ Elder was the leading scorer on Georgia Tech’s 2004 basketball team that made it to the NCAA championship game and ended up as Tech’s #13 all-time scorer. Matt Wieters was a two-way baseball star who was a two time All-American as one of Tech’s best hitters ever while also providing a solid presence on the mound. He is now in his ninth season in the Major Leagues.