Recruiting battles never end, even after a player is committed to a school. The article above insinuates that Jaron Willis, Tech’s top-rated class of 2022 commit so far, might be persuaded to ditch the white in gold in favor of garnet and gold. Willis is a linebacker from Lee County High School who will be taking official visits with Florida State and Florida in the coming months. One reason for a potential flip from Tech is the ability to play linebacker at FSU, instead of hybrid safety with the Jackets. Willis is a great player, and not one that Tech would want to lose. Let’s hope that Geoff Collins & co. put out all of the stops to keep Willis on the road to the Flats.
Deivon Smith was not among the 12 players to make the cut for a spot on the U.S. U19 national team that will play in the U19 FIBA World Cup in July. Smith had made the 17-player cut on Monday.— Ken Sugiura (@ksugiuraajc) June 25, 2021
In last Wednesday’s Tidbits I shared the news that incoming Tech PG Deivon Smith had made the first cut at U.S. U19 national team tryouts. Unfortunately, Smith is not one of the 12 headed to the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Latvia. Fortunately for the Yellow Jackets, even being invited to tryout for the national team speaks to Smith’s tremendous on-court abilities. This bodes well for a team that will likely be replacing its star point guard: Jose Alvarado.
Recently, RamblinWreck.com has been highlighting the members of the GTAA’s 2021 hall of fame class. This weekend, it was former Tech baseball player Derek Dietrich’s turn to be in the spotlight. Dietrich had a huge impact on the Flats, he was first team All-ACC one year and was a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Brooks Wallace Awards. Dietrich has spent time in and out of the major leagues throughout his professional career after being drafted in 2010’s second round by Tampa Bay. Currently, Dietrich is a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees AAA-affiliate).
Everything that I wrote today about Jaron Willis is qualified by the presence of this tweet and the Instagram post above. It looks like FSU has a lot of persuading to do.
Question of the Day: What do you think of Tech’s 2022 recruiting class so far?