When it comes to recruiting, or virtually any aspect of building a college football team, there are few better templates, if any, than Alabama and coach Nick Saban. When new Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins held a news conference Thursday, his first time addressing media since his hire Dec. 7, he made clear again that Tech’s recruiting efforts going forward will be influenced by Alabama and Saban.
Collins himself and new general manager Patrick Suddes were formerly part of the Crimson Tide recruiting operation…
“When we took over at Alabama in 2007, (Suddes) was one of the integral pieces of helping set up the infrastructure for the recruiting, for the operations that we did over in Tuscaloosa and was a valuable member of the staff,” Collins said. “He understands the blueprint of how we do things.”
Collins said his plan for recruiting will be based a lot on what he learned from Saban.
“We were lucky to be a part of that initial set-up that’s gone on to have a lot of success,” Collins said…
Suddes and Collins are joined by another more recent Alabama employee. Collins closed the news conference with his announcement that the hire of Alabama offensive line coach and Tech grad Brent Key was official. At the news conference, Collins made mention of Key’s contributing to a national championship and two SEC championships with the Crimson Tide.
“I think it’s huge being able to learn from coach Saban the last couple years, be a part of that program and bring that knowledge here to Georgia Tech and a place that he loves,” Collins said.
Man, talk about your culture change. Going from being disinterested at best in recruiting to importing the Process to the Flats is likely to be a taller order than going from the triple option to a pro-style attack. No, Collins isn’t going to recruit at Saban’s level, but there’s a lot of hay to be made in the current version of the ACC by a Tech program that’s competent at recruiting in state talent.
And if he’s dinging Alabama and Auburn a little in the process, what the hell, eh?