Another Tuesday, another preseason honor for Joey Bart to write about in Tidbits. Georgia Tech’s star catcher has found himself on practically every college baseball publication’s preseason All-America list and the National College Baseball Writers Association’s list was no exception. Bart and teammate Wade Bailey were both named second team All-Americans by the NCBWA. The honor makes Bart a consensus preseason All-American, as he was already named a pre-season All-American by Perfect Season, Baseball America, D1Baseball, and Collegiate Baseball. This was Bailey’s second pre-season honor, after being named to the Collegiate Baseball preseason All-American third team back in December. We’re just 10 days away from the start of Beesball season, so it won’t be long before we can see Bailey, Bart, and the rest of the 2018 Jackets in action!
Georgia Tech football added its first commitment of the late signing period on Monday night when Rome High School DT Ja’Quon Griffin announced his intention to sign with the Yellow Jackets.
It's been an amazing journey! I would like to thank all the coaches who extended an offer and believed in me. After praying and talking it over with my family, I have decided to continue my academic and football career at @Mansell247 @RecruitGeorgia @ChadSimmons #Blessed pic.twitter.com/LqGLqDAG7D— Ja'Quon Griffin (@Jaquongriffin) February 6, 2018
Griffin is a 3-star DT who had been planning to attend LSU before decommitting in early December. Georgia Tech offered Griffin a spot a little late in the process but he had been on Appalachian State’s radar so he is a prospect that new DC Nate Woody is familiar with. Griffin played a mix of strongside DE and DT in high school but will likely operate as an interior lineman at the collegiate level. Welcome to The Flats, Ja’Quon!
If you’re looking for something to read at lunch, between classes, or while “working,” check out this piece on former Georgia Tech player and coach Bill Curry published on Sunday by Saturday Down South. The article is pretty lengthy and focuses a good bit on Curry’s Alabama tenure (SDS is an SEC focused website, of course) but there are sections about his time on The Flats.