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Technical Tidbits 5/25: Georgia Tech Adds Offensive Lineman to 2021 Class

An Atlanta native!

Pittsburgh v Georgia Tech Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The first commitment on the offensive line in Tech’s 2021 class is a true representation of Geoff Collins’ recruiting the “404” strategy. Jakiah Leftwich comes out of Westlake High School in Atlanta, a mere 24 minutes from Bobby Dodd Stadium. Leftwich is rated as a three-star prospect by both 247 and Rivals, and according to 247 he is the no. 58 prospect in the state of Georgia and the no. 62 offensive tackle in the nation. Besides Tech, Leftwich considered offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Illinois. Welcome to the Flats, Jakiah!

When former Tech player and coach Pepper Rodgers passed away, college football lost a legend. Rogers won a national championship under Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech in 1952 and became a successful coach at a variety of schools. Running his patented wishbone offense, Rodgers was a Big Eight Conference champion as the coach of Kansas and had a winning record at Georgia Tech. There was no shortage of interesting stories wherever Rodgers went, and the article above takes a look at some of the best ones.

The Georgia Tech Baseball team was primed for a great 2020 season. However, COVID-19 changed all of that. Now, a few of Tech’s upperclassmen and high school signees are looking ahead to the shortened MLB Draft. This year, the draft will be five instead of forty rounds, which will help the Jackets for depth purposes next season. Players that would normally be drafted and sign with professional teams will most likely come back to Tech instead of risking it as undrafted free agents. The Draft will be from June 10-11 and will air on the MLB Network.

When people think of the Georgia Tech Basketball team, they don’t often think of big man Rich Yunkus. The “Benton Bomber” played for Tech from 1968-71 and is still the program’s all-time leading scorer. During his time on the Flats, Yunkus scored 2,232 points (seven more than Matt Harpring) and had five games where he scored over 40 points. I’m honestly disappointed I didn’t know anything about Yunkus before I read the article above. Yunkus is a true “Legend of the Flats.”

As Tech fans have learned, before each commitment General Manager Patrick Suddes sends out a tweet to prepare everyone for the good news. The tweet above was sent out by Suddes Friday, so expect the 11th commit to the 2021 class sometime soon.

Question of the Day: Who do you think the next commit will be?