Too bad, so sad ($$).
Which school has abundant opportunity in its territory but is failing to capitalize on the most prized recruits? — Themanebro
This is a great question and could go in a number of different directions. But the first school that comes to mind is Georgia Tech.
I understand that it’s not easy for the Yellow Jackets to compete with the likes of Georgia, Clemson and Auburn, all of which are a short drive from Atlanta. But Atlanta has as much talent as any area in the country, and Georgia Tech hasn’t been able to capitalize in its own backyard. In the last five recruiting classes, Georgia Tech has signed one (!) high school prospect who has ranked in the top 25 in the state of Georgia in the 247Sports Composite. That one player was four-star running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who transferred to Alabama this past offseason.
In the Class of 2023, the Yellow Jackets have eight commits from the state of Georgia, but the highest-ranked of that group checks in at No. 60 in the state and No. 651 overall (edge Zachariah Keith).
Geoff Collins’ ability — or inability — to turn that around will be something to monitor.
Coach 404 has managed to give Georgia Tech the same shitty recruiting it had under Paul Johnson, without the quirky offense that let them win a few more games in certain seasons. To paraphrase, say what you want about the recruiting tenets of the triple option, Dude, at least it’s an ethos. All Tech’s got now is some decent take out coffee.