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Georgia Tech Football: Newbies to Watch For - Jahmyr Gibbs

Pure NFL RB talent comes to The Flats

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 21 NC State at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Greetings Tech Fans,

I hesitated to write about a freshman because there are so many factors. Boom or Bust? Redshirts? Academics?

However, incoming freshman Jahmyr Gibbs is the closest to a sure thing we’ve had in a while.

Recruiting

Gibbs was a highly touted recruit who committed (via Tashard Choice) early in the 2020 cycle. He rattled off a stellar senior season at Dalton (Dalton, Ga.) compiling 2554 yards and 40 TDs.

Gibbs got offers from all the usual suspects but had a late push from Ohio State and Florida. The Magic Man Tashard Choice got Gibbs to keep his commitment to GT and surprised so many Florida beat writers already printing his jerseys up until the very last day. If you kept track at the time, it was a nervous day but a very big win for GT recruiting.

Y’all, this is not a drill. This is not just another Collins 4-star. Gibbs is a HIGH 4-star RB and ranked as high as 2nd-best RB in the country by Rivals and as low as (checks notes) 4th! by 247Sports. With a 247Sports composite of .9653, he is the fifth highest ranked GT recruit of all time! Ahead of names like Morgan Burnett, Justin Thomas, and Jonathan Dwyer. Heard of them?

Loaded RB room?

There is just no way they redshirt him. There is just no way he gets lost in the shuffle. Even if Gibbs is a bust (somehow), he would still be above so many GT RBs before him.

We do have a room full of talent. 9 running backs on the roster means a long ladder to climb for the freshman.

Obviously, star HB Jordan Mason will carry the bulk of the load. Georgia Tech is simply a better football team when he gets carries. For reference, he had 173 carries for 899 yards and 7 touchdowns. And yes, we won every game that he got at least 20 touches.

For reference, our second most HB carries went to Jamious Griffin. (Tobias and Graham were ahead via QB keepers). Griffin was a freshman RB from Rome, also highly recruited, and we’ve been comparing Gibbs and Griffin a lot.

Griffin got 37 touches and 125 yards, that’s a 3.4 YPC rate. The year before, Griffin had 9.4 YPC in his senior season at Rome. Since they are in the same division, we can actually do some patented blog writer backwards math. We can expect Gibbs to get 3.98 yards per carry and with a similar number of touches. That’s 147 yards.

NFL Future

This prognosticator sees things differently. I see Gibbs supplanting Griffin’s role and stealing more carries than normal. In a role closer to tandem, Gibbs could see over 50-60 carries this year and give Mason fresher legs for true powerful runs.

Gibbs is predicted to be a future NFL pick and with the development of Tashard Choice along with Brent Key’s blockers. The future is bright. We may not have Gibbs for 4-5 years but I can promise we will enjoy it.

Film

My instant analysis is that he’s shifty, great acceleration, and has vision to find his blocking lanes. He has a tendency to bounce it outside but can run between the tackles and not scared to initiate contact.

I also see him in the mix to return punts and kickoffs. In this video he returned several of each with ease.

I don’t see any obvious weaknesses and even saw flashes of a great RB, Marshawn Lynch. Before my editor reels me in, Lynch’s superpower is the ability to be patient with blocking, chop his feet and accelerate when the hole opens. I saw several times that Gibbs was smart about his blocking and accelerated with blistering speed once his hogmollies opened up the highway. I really like that.

What are your predictions for our new star RB?

70 days to kickoff