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Technical Tidbits 6/20: Georgia Tech to Switch Uniform Providers (Next Year)

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375 days until we kiss Russell Athletic goodbye

Duke v Georgia Tech Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Georgia Tech’s uniform situation was one of the biggest stories across all of college football yesterday despite no real news breaking. Yep, we’ve hit peak offseason. As has been discussed repeatedly here, Georgia Tech’s uniform contract with Russell Athletic is among the worst in college athletics and when it ends 1 year, 10 days, and 18 hours from this article’s publication the Yellow Jackets will move on to one of the Big 3 uniform providers. Athletic Director Todd Stansbury confirmed to the AJC that he has been negotiating with each of Nike, Under Armor, and Adidas to find the best fit for Georgia Tech. Additionally, the AJC talked to several formal student athletes to get their opinions of Georgia Tech’s uniform situation (article is myAJC, so it may be behind a pay wall).

3-star running back Mataeo Durant narrowed his recruiting, listing Georgia Tech among his top 5 schools in a tweet released on Sunday. The McCormick High School (McCormick, SC) product also listed Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, and Wofford among his finalists. Durant’s combination of strength and speed (listed with a 4.38 40 on his Hudl page) make him an enticing prospect for Paul Johnson’s offense.

Meanwhile, Josh Pastner has been busy on the recruiting trail.

Last week, 4-star Canadian wing Ignas Brazdeikis received a 2018 offer from Pastner. Brazdeikis is listed as a shooting guard by most services, but at 6’-8” could play small forward or even stretch four in a smaller lineup. He has a long offer list that includes several major schools (Baylor, Cincinnati, Michigan, etc) but he would be a great fit in Pastner’s system.

Pastner also got his foot in the door early with a top prospect in the 2020 class, offering small forward Corey Walker. As a high school freshman, Walker averaged 16.4 points and 11 rebounds for Bishop Snyder High School in Jacksonville, FL. Walker has a long way to develop as a player, but already at 6’-6”, 185, the sky is the limit. He already has an offer from Florida State as well as several smaller schools.

Finally, current Jacket Josh Okogie looks like he’s off to a great start at the FIBA U19 Training Camp. In the linked tweet, he’s shown running the fast break, splitting TCU’s Desmond Bane and NC State’s Devon Daniels before putting UNLV’s prize recruit, 5-star Brandon McCoy on a poster. It remains to be seen if Okogie will make the final team, but the experience playing with and against the nation’s best young players can only help him as he looks to lead the Yellow Jackets next season.