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All these decommitting the past few days isn't really that big a deal to me for multiple reasons:
1) Although I realize it may hurt the depth in the future, I don't think any of the guys we lost were going to make that big of an impact anytime soon. Mitchell was going to be behind JT for 4 years, Cleveland had at least another two years, I don't even think Douglas fit our O. Ramos is the only player I think hurts because we just lost Moore and Green.
2) I feel like most of the players we still have are the ones that can be the playmakers our team needs. Custis could be the next Dwyer, Devine and Griffin are going to be great tackles, Jeune is the best deep threat of all the receivers, and Butker is going to be huge for this team. It'll be the first time since I've been following Tech football that we've had a legit kicker.
3) In my mind this is the make it or break it year for CPJ. He finally has a QB, he has an experienced O line as it gets, plenty of A backs, and a lot of returning starters from the defense. If Tech goes at least 9-3 this year I honestly think CPJ will have a top 20 class for 2014. Kids these days want to go play somewhere "cool". Right now, especially in state, Tech isn't the place. Winning can change that. As dumb as it sounds, I think Vad has the swag to make Tech cool again. I think that will help recruiting at every position.
I understand that only signing 12 is somewhat embarrassing, but I just don't see any of our losses hurting us that bad.
I gather the answer is no. I wouldn't say I am exactly "worried", but certainly concerned with signing day approaching. There might be an easier D1 program in the country to negatively recruit against than GT, but probably not. The option offense, not everybody's cup of whatever, a bad record over the last three seasons, only modest passing, no matter how "efficient", three DCs in five seasons, 1-4 in bowl games and 1-4 against Georgia. And then there is the elephant in the room: a tough academic environment with no cherry picking courses of parks & management, sociology or such. (And even for those serious-minded football playing liberal arts guys who have no interest in engineering of any kind. One could go to Clemson, for instance, and get a superb liberal arts education while engineers are being pumped out across the campus.) It ain't easy. Concerned, yeah. Worried? Not yet. Maybe Monday, though.)
Our recruiting situation this year only worries me in one sense, balancing the classes. If we sign a tiny class, it won't hurt right away, but it will in a couple years when we have to sign a huge class and have a bunch of young players on the roster. I am tired of having young teams. Now that we are building experience and depth I want to keep it that way consistently.
I think a lot of schools have a harder time recruiting than we do. While what Curious said is true, there are a "few" positives.
2. International school with recognition that helps most careers.
3. A storied football program that is one of the top 40 most years. 4 NCs.
4. An honest program that doesn't cut people if they have problems or over recruit.
It is a lot easier to negatively recruit against schools in the middle of no where which are regularly in the bottom 1/2 of D1. When compared to the elite D1 teams, we have problems since we haven't been winning. But we are only a Vad and a DL player or two away from a much better W-L record.
Not that it matters, but FSU has lost 8 commits so far. 8 guys who promised to sign with FSU have flipped to other schools. 4 of those 8 were 4*'s.
Now I know they can probably absorb it better than we can, but to keep your head in the sand and pretend it only happens to GT is comical.
IT HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY!
The difference is we can't afford it. Be that as it may, I still would much rather end up short of our number than over it due to accepting more offers than we have ships.
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Per Tech Recruiting Takes Disastrous Turn (UPDATED) - From The Rumble Seat
I for one thinks this is would be a great addition, kid is Nesbitt with a better arm and will eventually push JT. I hope the roller coaster with him is over.
Btw Mitchell may be the second highest rated recruit ..
I actually can see Mitchell being big for this team, just not at QB. The fact that he could be moved to DB is more important since we lost Cleveland.
I'm not all worried about the decomitts this year. For one I think it is not the norm of out past recruiting and secondly the kids that have decided to go elsewhere were project type players. The rb ugay got was going to start out at LB for Tech. The Cleveland kid can be easily replaced by a better recruit next year. Like newtclark said, we are not losing anyone from a position of need. As long as CPJ can keep the QB situation right from now on Tech should be ok.