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Technical Tidbits 2/18: Geoff Collins Shares Insight into Recruiting at Georgia Tech

Collins is very confident about future success.

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This article gives great insight in regards to Geoff Collins and his thought process on the final push for prized RB signee Jahmyr Gibbs. Throughout the article, Collins promotes the culture that Georgia Tech is building, and how even though the product of the field might not be great so far, players are buying into the program because they are optimistic about the future. Collins was confident throughout the recruiting cycle about keeping Gibbs committed to Tech, especially because of Gibbs’ relationship with RB coach Tashard Choice and the culture being built. Collins seems very optimistic about Tech’s future, especially when recruiting against major power five schools, like LSU and Florida.

I’m going to be honest, I was surprised at how high Georgia Tech was ranked in ESPN’s FPI metric. This ranking is close to Tech’s current preseason SP+ ranking (58). Out of the teams that the Jackets will face this year, only Syracuse (64) and Duke (72) are ranked lower (Gardner-Webb is unranked due to their status as a FCS team). Here’s to hoping that Tech’s rankings climb throughout the upcoming season.

James Banks has been a centerpiece of Georgia Tech’s starting lineup ever since he transferred from Texas. The center has been a defensive menace, and is currently ranked no. 2 in the ACC for blocked shots. However, this article only partially focuses on Banks as a basketball player. The article also talks about Banks’ high character, and the difficult time he has had growing up. Banks’ father was killed in an accident when he was four, and his mother (a minister) was paralyzed in a car accident in 2015. Banks didn’t start playing basketball until his freshman year of high school, and bounced around throughout his high school career. Despite all of his struggles, Banks has remained an incredible person and great teammate, and will certainly be remembered even after his time on the Flats is over.

The Georgia Tech Baseball team opened the season this past weekend by going 2-1 in the Atlanta Challenge. The Jackets beat St. Peter’s and Cincinnati and lost to St. John’s on Sunday afternoon. Today, Tech plays at 3 p.m. on ESPN+ vs. the Georgia Southern Eagles in Statesboro, GA. Hopefully, the Jackets will show up ready to play and leave with an easy win.

Although the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team hit a rough patch recently, they found a way to upset no. 4 NC State on the road Sunday afternoon. This was the first ever Tech victory over a top-10 opponent on the road, and should bode well for the Jackets’ NCAA tournament hopes. According to the article, one thing going against Tech is their non-conference schedule, which is considered the 12th-worst in the ACC by strength of schedule metrics. Thursday, Tech faces no. 9 Louisville at home, where a win would do wonders for their NCAA tournament hopes. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and can be seen on a RSN.

Question of the Day: What do you think about the Tech’s FPI ranking?