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Technical Tidbits 7/20: Two Commits Discuss Georgia Tech

Both are prime examples of Geoff Collins’ #404 recruiting strategy.

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WR/TE Leo Blackburn and OT Jakiah Leftwich are two of Georgia Tech’s top commits in the 2021 class. Both hail from Westlake High School in Atlanta, just over twenty minutes from Bobby Dodd Stadium. These are exactly the type of recruits that Geoff Collins wants to “stay home.” They are both ranked in the top 60 overall in the state of Georgia and hold sway with other recruits around the #404. Collins’ pursuit of highly-ranked in-state (particularly in-Atlanta) recruits could pay dividends for years to come.

Johnny Gresham played football on the Flats from 1962-1964, part of the final few years of Coach Bobby Dodd’s career. Gresham was a running back that led the team in rushing and receiving yards as a senior; his solid career led him to an induction in the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. However, Gresham was probably more well known for his business and public service careers than his time on the gridiron. A realtor, Gresham served in the Georgia State House of Representatives from 1987-1990, and then on the Georgia State Transportation Board from 1990-2007. Gresham’s dedication to the state of Georgia and Georgia Tech will be sorely missed and always remembered.

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field had one of the best natural grass playing surfaces in college football. That was until May, when development began on a new artificial turf field for the stadium. While the beautiful natural grass will be lost, in the end the transition from grass to turf will benefit Georgia Tech. Many new events will be able to be held at the field, including practices, campus gatherings, and major concerts. The new paint scheme will be unveiled once the turf installation is finished.

The Georgia Tech swim and dive teams could not let the track & field teams get all of the academic accolades. Recently, both the men’s and women’s squads were named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team. The men finished the spring semester with a 3.47 GPA, and just like the women’s track team, the women’s swimmers and divers finished a tenth of a point higher at 3.57. Congratulations, everyone!

At some point in the near future, commitment number seventeen will be made to the 2021 Georgia Tech recruiting class. This will be the first commit since Kaleb Edwards on July 1.

Question of the Day: Who do you think the new commit is?