Thursday, June 30, 2011

Overcoming Perceptions of Georgia Tech Among Top Recruits

Jordan Jenkins is one of the consensus top prospects in the state of Georgia with offers from Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn in addition to Georgia Tech.

Jenkins has visited many of the top schools in the SEC and has predictably come away impressed. 

Paul Johnson convinced the Harris County product to make the short trek up to Atlanta a few weeks ago to see what the school and football program was all about.

“I spent a lot of time with the coaches, checking out the campus, and meeting other Georgia Tech people,” he said. “It was nothing how I thought it would be. I was very impressed. It is making me rethink some things” Jenkins told the AJC's Michael Carvell.

I take particular interest in the second part of that quote - "It was nothing how I thought it would be."

I wonder where Jenkins developed his image of what Georgia Tech would be like?

At Harris County High School, I would bet the majority of the graduates attending Tech are spending more time in AP Math and Physics classes than on the varsity athletic fields. Jenkins perception of Tech was probably a place where people who loved math went; not a place where a top football player can compete for BCS bowls and a chance at the NFL while getting a degree from a top 10 public university.

Jenkins has also undoubtedly been talking to coaches from various schools and the discussion of where he is considering almost certainly comes up.  Could it be that Jenkins heard negative things about Tech through these channels?  No coach in college football will admit to condoning negative recruiting but, like in political campaigns, it is used and it works.

Jordan Jenkins will likely not decide on his college choice until Signing Day or close to it.  Signs point to Auburn having the lead right now. 

Whether or not he chooses Georgia Tech at least he saw the school and football program first hand and did not rely on a blind perception. 

You can check out this article and others by me at ChuckOliver.net


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:15 PM

    I think some of these comments stem from the perception that GT is in the heart of the city and they picture asphault everywhere and nothing but buildings. Then you get on campus and it feels different. Being on campus is not like being in the city.

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