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Technical Tidbits 6/24: Tech Among 4-Star Recruit’s Final 16 Schools

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Big decision for four-star recruit Jay Hardy as he winds down his list of schools to 16, including Georgia Tech.

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Georgia Tech is among the top-16 schools for four-star recruit Jay Hardy. Hardy is a 6’4” defensive end for McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. Among strong-side defensive ends, Hardy is rated fourth in the country. He is also rated the 116th overall prospect in the nation. Here are the 16 schools Hardy has narrowed his list down to:

Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Liberty, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt

That’s a pretty big list to choose from. (And I thought I had it rough having to choose every day where to eat lunch from among the many options available on Buford Highway). It’s understandable that he would have so many options. It’s not certain when he will make his decision or if he’ll prune that list down any further. Well, obviously, he’ll have it down to one eventually.

Whether or not he chooses Tech, it says a lot for the job Tech’s coaching staff has done that he would consider the program among the several elite Power Five schools he’s taking under consideration.

Much like the football team, the Yellow Jacket’s women’s basketball team is busy building and implementing a new culture and vision under the leadership of new head coach Nell Fortner. A good part of her success in her efforts to do that will depend on the efforts of her coaching staff and assistants.

One of those assistants is Brandy Manning. Manning got his break in coaching women’s basketball in 2003 as a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Along his way, he has coached at several schools, including Murray State, Central Florida, Arizona, Southern California, Texas State, and Cal State Northridge.

A psychology major who also holds a master’s in education, Manning will primarily be coaching the post players. He’ll also be responsible for recruiting. Having studied at Clark University, he understands the benefit a big city like Atlanta offers to potential recruits. And he understands the benefits an institute like Georgia Tech can offer. This all incorporates well into the messaging he can convey to recruits:

“At Georgia Tech, you have a great city in Atlanta, you have a great academic institution, that has a tremendous reputation of being one of the top public institutions in the country, and then you have a great conference, which, in my opinion, was the best conference in women’s basketball last year. It’s a no-brainer.”

It’s great to see the coaches incorporating the positive aspects of receiving an education at Tech into their pitch. It is a school that can prepare your for success both on and off the field.

Yellow Jacket tennis player Jeanette Lin has been named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team. 2015 was the last time that a Yellow Jacket had been named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Congratulations to Lin!