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Technical Tidbits 3/30: Georgia Tech Football Adds Defensive Line Commit

The third commit of the 2021 class!

NCAA Football: Alcorn State at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the current NCAA on-campus recruiting dead period because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely that the only players who commit to a school during this time will be ones that have already visited college campuses. That was the case for SDE Grey Carroll, a three-star recruit out of Alcoa, Tennessee. Carroll visited Tech before the dead period, and felt comfortable enough with the staff and program to make a commitment during this uncertain time. Carroll looks like a fast rusher who could terrorize backfields for years to come. Besides Tech, Carroll also held offers from Louisville, Memphis, and Wake Forest. According to this AJC article, Carroll will enroll early in January 2021. Welcome to the Flats, Grey!

While this is an older article, it still showcases Tech C James Banks and his perseverance throughout many of life’s struggles. Banks’ father was killed in a motorcycle accident when Banks was four, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play basketball for fear of him getting in with the wrong crowd. Eventually, Banks’ mother relented as he entered high school, and he quickly developed into a star player. Unfortunately, while Banks was a junior in high school, his mother was paralyzed in an auto accident. Banks continued to play basketball and went to Texas for two years, where he didn’t play much so he transferred to Georgia Tech. At Tech, Banks flourished, and earlier this month ended a great college basketball career. Thanks for everything, James! We hope to see you soon in the NBA!

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing sports cancellations have caused problems for professional leagues, colleges, and individual athletes. This article discusses some of the questions that Georgia Tech OF Baron Radcliff and family are facing when deciding whether to go pro or to stay at Tech another year. Radcliff was having an incredible season until it was cancelled, and will easily be drafted whenever he decides to go pro. However, many athletes don’t have the luxury of being guaranteed to make it to the next level, so they must figure out what will be best for their futures. These next few months will be interesting as all of those involved in athletics try and figure out where to go next after the pandemic subsides.

Recruiting never stops, even in a pandemic. Above is a summary of Georgia Tech Football’s recruiting activities from last week, with a few offers going out and a few top-school lists being made. I expect a huge campus visit surge once social distancing requirements are loosened and the virus subsides. This will be an extremely rushed recruiting year, hopefully it goes in Georgia Tech’s favor.

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My first game: Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech, September 5, 2009

My last game: Georgia Tech at Duke, October 12, 2019

Best game: Clemson at Georgia Tech, November 15, 2014

Worst game: The Citadel at Georgia Tech, September 14, 2019