Posted: 10:47 am Monday, February 10th, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech’s signees had a lot of choices. Most often, it appears, Marshall was one of the options. Marshall offered nine Yellow Jackets signees, according to 247 Sports, the most of any team. Marshall was followed by Georgia State with seven and Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State and South Carolina with six.
Marshall was something of a surprise, given that Marshall is three states away (four if you count South Carolina). You wouldn’t think there’d be so much fishing from the same pond. Marshall only has seven Georgia players on its roster. Of the nine Tech signees that Marshall offered, seven are from either Lamar County (DBs Lance and Lawrence Austin and WR/DB Qua Searcy) or Florida (OL Gary Brown, DB Step Durham, LB Terrell Lewis, OL Jake Stickler). The other two were DE Kenderius Whitehead (Georgia Military College) and C Jake Whitley (South Carolina).
Marshall recruits plenty in Florida, as does Tech. There were at least a few Marshall signees who chose the Thundering Herd over Tech.
Appalachian State, Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State all were often competitors for whom Tech was the top choice, conference-wise. To wit, from what I could see in a quick look, no Georgia State signees picked the school over an offer from Tech. I didn’t expect South Carolina. From a cursory look at South Carolina’s signees, coach Paul Johnson and his staff more than held their own against coach Steve Spurrier and his assistants.
All other schools offering three or more Tech signees are below.
A caveat emptor disclosure: I’m not sure I’d call so-called offer sheets on sites like 247 or Rivals infallible. Typically, they’re going on information from the prospect or his coach, and understandably there can be a temptation to exaggerate. The lists can often vary slightly from site to site.
On the other side, coaches can play the “I’ll offer you a scholarship if you’re going to accept it” so it can’t be said that a prospect picked a competing school over their school, which will also skew the lists.
There’s more to dig, like how Tech fared against other ACC schools and the other schools who offered Tech signees most frequently and who the Jackets lost most often to (my guess: Georgia). If I have time, which I’m not sure I will,
Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina
Nebraska, South Florida
Furman, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, South Alabama, Syracuse, Vanderbilt
Central Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky.