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Georgia Tech Recruiting: Runningback

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Will the anchor of Georgia Tech’s 2020 recruiting class make a big impact early?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Pitt at Georgia Tech Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Georgia Tech’s transition into a new offense wasn’t always pretty to watch in the 2019 season. Inconsistency, injuries, and a plethora of youth made sustained drives few and far between. Having an effective ground game this season would cure those stalled drives, and lead to better production. Through the struggles, we did see Jordan Mason deliver in some key moments towards the end of the season such as pounding out the last six minutes of the NC State game.

Very few running backs can sustain a full game’s load all on their own. Jordan Mason is good, but having several that can bring different styles to the field is ideal. Georgia Tech wasn’t suffering from having bodies at the position, and so only picked up one running back in this class. That player, Jahmyr Gibbs, just so happens to be the highest-rated recruit at his position in Tech's recruiting history. In fact, he comes in as the 4th best recruit for Tech overall.

Gibbs wasn’t highly ranked leading into his senior year when he gave Coach Collins a verbal commitment back in May of last year. He wasn’t lacking offers from respectable college programs but had yet to garner full attention from the eyes of the elite. Georgia Tech’s coaches saw early what others would see during Gibbs’s final high school season. A season where Gibbs recorded 2,554 yards and 40 touchdowns.

His stats for each game began to draw attention to the talents which vaulted him from unranked to the number 2 overall running back by Rivals. To accumulate such numbers there must be a clear talent gap between Gibbs and the players on the opposing defense, which earned him Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia’s 6-A Class and a spot on the East team in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Watching the film on Gibbs you can see where his potential to be great starts beyond just his physical abilities. The patience for the play to develop and the vision he has to discern where the holes will appear is a skill many take most of their college careers to learn. When adding this to Gibb’s speed and ability to instantly cut back on defenders it's easy to see why Coach Collins needed him to be a part of the team.

Transitioning to college isn’t without its learning experiences with the jump in talent, but Gibbs will be a contributor on the field this year with the teaching of the man who built the relationship to bring him here, Coach Choice. The Yellow Jackets may not run the triple option anymore, but I don’t think too many fans will complain in the years to come if Gibbs makes Coach Collins a little run happy.