With around a month left before signing day, Georgia Tech is among only a handful of major colleges across the nation that has yet to have a football commitment from this year’s recruiting class poached by another school.
Every year, it’s common for ACC and SEC schools to have at least a few recruits stolen away — but to also return the favor by swiping prospects from other colleges.
It’s just how the food chain works in big-time recruiting.
For example, UGA has lost three commits to competitors from its 2015 class. However, the Bulldogs have also lured away five recruits who were pledged to rivals.
So far this year, Georgia Tech is batting perfect in keeping commitments.
But it’s not as if other schools aren’t trying.
In fact, UGA flirted a little bit with one of Georgia Tech’s top recruits, Brandon Singleton, a 3-star wide receiver from Boutte, La.
Singleton said he was recently visited at his high school by UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball, and that he got an offer a few days ago from Minnesota.
“I’m still really comfortable at Georgia Tech,” Singleton said. “Minnesota offered, and it’s just something that my parents and I have to talk about as we get closer to signing day. But I’m looking forward to going on my official visit with Georgia Tech.”
UGA hasn’t offered a scholarship to Singleton, but that could change if it loses any of five receivers currently committed to the Bulldogs. The good news for Georgia Tech is that Singleton appears solid with the Yellow Jackets.
“If UGA offers or anybody else offers, I’m committed to Georgia Tech,” Singleton said. “Of course, if more offers come, I’d have to sit down and talk with my parents about where I would be happy at. For now, that place is Georgia Tech.”
Singleton said he was visited last week by Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof. They worked out an official visit with the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 17. Singleton, who is a track star with national elite times in the 300 meters and 110 hurdles, feels like he could compete for playing time next season.
“With the offense that they run at Georgia Tech, it allows a lot one-on-matchups between the receiver and the corner,” he said. “So they feel like I could stretch the field and exploit those matchups.”
The three commits that UGA lost are defensive back Rico McGraw (now pledged to Alabama), wide receiver Christian Owens (South Carolina) and defensive end Quincy Vasser (Texas). The five recruits that the Bulldogs gained are defensive end Michael Barnett (formerly committed to Florida State), defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter (Alabama), defensive end Chauncey Rivers (South Carolina), defensive back Deontai Williams (Florida) and defensive back Jarvis Wilson (Mississippi State).