Far be it from me to rain on Mark Bradley’s “how did Tech manage to win a game against Georgia” parade, but it seems to me that this article in Bradley’s paper is of greater long term import for Paul Johnson’s program, particularly with regard to this:
… Aycock’s decision to visit Auburn (where he is now committed), who is recruiting him as a running back, may have been influenced by his brother Dwight Smith, a safety for the Detroit Lions.
“I think what it came down to is he wants to play in the NFL, and people are influencing him,” Turner said. “They’re telling him if he plays running back, he has a better chance of making it to the NFL.
“We thought he’d be the perfect quarterback in Georgia Tech’s system. We thought Georgia Tech was a great fit for him.
“We think he’s making a mistake, but we’ll support him. With his talent, he would have been a great quarterback there…
That’s his high school coach talking there. Despite his urging – and Tech’s threat to withdraw its scholarship offer – this kid decided to take a look at another school because he felt that playing quarterback in the triple option would hamper his chances of playing on Sundays more than playing running back in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
Right or wrong, fair or unfair, it doesn’t matter. Perception is reality. There are already certain classes of offensive talent that Tech has to write off in recruiting due to its scheme. When the lure of the NFL starts bleeding down to this level, that’s especially tough, though.
Call Paul Johnson the anti-Lane Kiffin, then. He’ll have to be as smart as Bradley thinks he is, if not more so, to make up for this. We’ll see if he is.