Georgia Tech has traditionally made its hay in recruiting by targeting more local areas, and especially areas east of the Mississippi River. They may be looking to make an exception to that trend with a very intriguing scholarship offer that they gave out earlier this week.
Thank you God for an offer from Georgia tech! pic.twitter.com/nhTW8zora7— Victor viramontes (@Vicious_Vic10) June 9, 2015
Viramontes is a dual-threat quarterback (in the truest sense of the term) from Norco, California -- about an hour east of Los Angeles. (The last Georgia Tech commitment from California? DB Brandon Leslie in 2008 -- Coach Johnson's first signing class at Georgia Tech.) He was recently named the MVP of the Rivals-sponsored Five-Star Challenge, where he was competing alongside some of the nation's top recruits. As could be expected, Georgia Tech wasn't the only school to have noticed him, as he also received an offer from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan in the last few days. His other offers are from Wisconsin, Nebraska, and a slew of G5 teams towards the West Coast, but expect that list to continue growing in the coming weeks. (It's worth noting that he also plays linebacker, and a number of his offers have been for a defensive slot.)
A look at Viramontes' highlights shows him to be a very balanced and talented quarterback. As a runner, he shows very strong vision and balance, which serve as really nice compliments to his decent top-end speed. As a passer, he has a very smooth delivery from the pocket as well as on the move, and sports a strong arm with accuracy on deep balls.
Viramontes seems like he would be a very good fit in Georgia Tech's offense, and also seems like the type of quarterback who's going to require a fight to win in the recruiting arena. That said, there are three specific reasons that Georgia Tech may have a leg up with Viramontes:
- Paul Johnson's offense fits Viramontes' skill set extremely well, between his running and vertical passing abilities.
- Viramontes being offered as a quarterback may be more attractive to him than offers to play linebacker or safety.
- A number of high-profile teams nationally already have quarterbacks committed, and may not pursue Viramontes (at least as a quarterback).
As of now, there are no indications that Georgia Tech is the favorite (or one of the favorites) for this young man, so it's not time to get your hopes up. That said, this should be a very intriguing prospect whose recruitment is worth following for Georgia Tech fans.
Viramontes is a three-star prospect per Rivals (5.7) and the 247Sports Composite (.8556).
Like what you see on film, Yellow Jacket fans? Do you like the chances of him playing on the Flats?