Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

The art of the sale

Compare and contrast two recruiting stories from Georgia’s Tyler Simmons:

When Simmons was around 8 years old, he was at Georgia Tech for a one-day youth camp. It was a short drive from where his family lived in Powder Springs. Now 18, he remembers approaching Paul Johnson, who had just been hired, and telling the Yellow Jackets’ head coach that he’d be back one day…

After Simmons’ recruiting heated up, another school to offer him was Georgia Tech. Simmons found himself in Johnson’s office.

“I told you I’d be back,” Simmons said.

Johnson didn’t remember the conversation.

Alabama’s lead recruiter was Kirby Smart.

Then the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator, Smart approached Simmons at last year’s state track meet. He showed him his phone, which had a video from the previous year’s track meet.

“This is how much I believed in you: I’ve been wanting you since Day 1. I recorded this,” Smart said, according to Simmons’ father.

Smart and Williams took pictures with Simmons, sent them back to Alabama coach Nick Saban, and invited him to Alabama’s first summer camp.

“Basically, Kirby was the one who wanted him the most,” Leah Simmons said. “That stood out.”

I’m not saying it’s fair to hold Paul Johnson to a standard of remembering what every kid at a camp said to him a decade ago – although if you told me Nick Saban had a support staffer who catalogued that for him, it wouldn’t exactly shock me – but a little more warmth or enthusiasm might help leave a better impression.

Maybe Tech’s rousing success on the recruiting trail can’t all be chalked up to the triple option.

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If Paul Johnson really were a genius…

… he’d be on the phone to Kirby Smart suggesting something similar to this.

Let’s face it – it’s not as if the schools are chasing the same talent on offense.  And Tech could make a good living off of Georgia’s leftovers.

The hard part is selling Kirby on what’s in it for him.  Free passes to Dragon*Con maybe?

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What’s the difference between “Put in” and “All in”?

Beats the hell out of me.

And with that, I should be able to ignore Georgia Tech football for the next four or so months.

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“What time does Tech’s spring game start?”

“What time can you be down here?”

It looks like it filled in a little more at some point.

And an unusual sight for a Dawg fan: a final score left up on the scoreboard long enough to be photographed.

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UPDATE:

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“I think we’ll be better than we were a year ago,” Johnson said. “Certainly we need to be.”

In case you’ve decided out of fear of fighting the capacity crowd squeezing into historic, yet cozy, Bobby Dodd Stadium, not to attend today’s Georgia Tech spring game, ESPN has thoughtfully provided you with a handy guide of things to look for here.

I have to admit that I haven’t kept a close eye on Tech in the offseason, so my general impression that it’s hard to go anywhere but up from a 3-8 season is severely tempered by the discovery that the Jackets have to replace three starters on their offensive line and the entire secondary.  (Today may be the best opportunity Tech’s receivers get all year.)  Yikes.

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The hanging curve ball that is Georgia Tech’s fan base

Seriously, this example of little brother-itis is so pathetic I’m honestly at a loss at where to start the snark.

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I mean, what Chantastic angle do I take here?  Mocking being a part of history?  (“Full attendance for a meaningless spring game, when you can’t be bothered to show up for real games in the fall?  This is Georgia Tech!  You can do that!”)  Urging Georgia fans to make the Tech team feel right at home by showing up to fill 40% of BDS like usual?  Checking the calendar to make sure there’s not a conflict with Dragon*Con?

I think I’ll settle for noting this: “What’s interesting is that the campaign appears to be totally organic — there has been no official acknowledgement or endorsement of it from any official GT Athletics social media account.”  So those closest to the program are the least deluded.  I guess that’s something.

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They recruit this state.

This is pretty amazing stat, when you think about it.

And yet somehow Georgia Tech can’t recruit its way out of a paper bag.  Chantastic.

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