Monday, June 27, 2011

Top Georgia Recruit Eliminates Childhood Favorite

Jordan Watkins, one of the top players in the state of Georgia, eliminated Georgia Tech from consideration this week. Watkins grew up a Tech fan and has been on the campus numerous times. Many Tech fans thought Watkins was a near lock to be a Yellow Jacket.

But as the talented Woodward Academy defensive lineman began discussing what is important in college selection his preferred major kept coming up high on the list. A prospect with double digit offers, Watkins had to eliminate his favorite school because they didn't have his major.

Is this a reason to go add a specific major just for Jordan Watkins? No, but it does speak to a larger problem that Tech's competition uses its lack of curriculum against them when talking to recruits. I think the lack of curriculum shrinks Tech's recruiting pool more than high admission standards; and Tech can add majors without lowering its standards like other top public schools such as Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia have.

If Tech wants to get back to competing for ACC titles on a more consistent basis it would be a lot easier to do when you can appeal to larger base of players with high academics like Jordan Watkins.

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