The return of players to campus also brought a few recruits to Atlanta, as the NCAA in-person recruiting dead period finally expired after over a year. Coaches and players had to become well-acquainted with Zoom and other video conferencing platforms to effectively recruit the class of 2021 (and even 2022 & 2023), as campuses weren’t open for sanctioned visits. With the team’s performances on the field, it likely was a little more difficult for the Georgia Tech coaching staff to make connections with recruits virtually, the personal connections and spirit of Tech’s campus are what makes it great, not an online tour. Visiting yesterday were highly-ranked recruits like Malik Bryant and Cedric Baxter Jr. These are coveted prospects, so getting them on campus early is definitely a win.
Opinion week at From the Rumble Seat continued yesterday with Stephen Murphey’s piece on the “small things” in football and how poorly Georgia Tech was at them last season. Stephen demonstrates many areas where the team hurt their chances by poorly executing the “small stuff,” one was finishing dead last in the nation in blocked FGs. That’s not good, at all. Especially for a power 5 team. Besides costing points, it points to a general lack of discipline and oversight on behalf of the coaching staff. Stephen gives some suggestions, and some hopes for the coming season. It’s well worth a read!
It looks like everyone was excited to get back onto campus and begin prep work for the upcoming season (94 days until Northern Illinois). The Georgia Tech media team followed the football team throughout their activities on the first day of summer practice (with a lot of time in the video spent on a team barbecue dinner). A nice outdoor barbecue on Memorial Day is a great way to welcome players back into the swing of things, as the focus will soon turn into intense workouts and film sessions in order to have a successful third year under Geoff Collins. We’ll see how it all works out soon!
Ahead of the regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, Head Beesball Coach Danny Hall was brought onto the ACC Network’s “Packer and Durham,” and spent some time discussing the upcoming weekend in Nashville and Tech’s season up to this point.
Question of the Day: Thoughts on the Georgia Tech Football team and the small stuff?