As Georgia Tech players and staff returned to campus on June 15th as Phase 1 of reopening the campus to student athletes, Geoff Collins enters his sophomore season as Georgia Tech Head Coach with some things to look forward. From promising commits to standout players returning to lead the team, this is a team for the future. I will be previewing Georgia Tech football in 2020 with Offense, Defense, Commits, and reasonable predictions for this squad in the 2020 season.
Georgia Tech brought in some promising players for 2020, including 5 4-Star commits. My favorite commit from the 2020 Class so far is RB Jahmyr Gibbs from Dalton, GA. Gibbs is ranked as a top 5 Tech commit all-time according to 247sports.com, and I don't blame them cause he looks like an absolute stud. He stands at 5-9, 191lbs with a scouting grade of 0.9653 and a top 100 player in the class of 2020. Tech had the upper hand in getting Gibbs thanks to the close-to-home factor. Gibbs received offers from Florida, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, and USC. He also played in the All-American Bowl in January. Gibbs was INSANE in High School. Here are his stats from 2018 and 2019 at Dalton High School:
1431 Rushing Yards
20 Rushing TDs
2554 Rushing Yards
40 Rushing TDs
His 2018 stats are definitely above average, but his 2019 stats are absolutely UNREAL. If you put Gibbs's senior year stats next to Saquon Barkley's senior stats, he had 700 more rushing yards and 16 more rushing TDs then Saquon. Don't be surprised to see Jahmyr Gibbs taken Day 1 of the NFL Draft in 3-4 years.
Another player to look at from Tech's 2020 recruiting class is Dual QB Jeff Sims from Sandalwood HS in Jacksonville, FL. Originally committed to FSU, he decommitted and came to Georgia Tech. Sims is ranked as a low 4-star QB by 247sports.com. He stands at 6-3, 205lbs. He received offers from Georgia, LSU, Penn State, and more. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on since Georgia Tech loves their Dual Threat QBs. He will be in the conversation for the starting job soon, competing against James Graham, Jordan Yates, and others.
The last player I want to spotlight is DE Jared Ivey from North Gwinnett HS in Suwanee, GA. Another close-to-home recruit, Ivey is another beast in the making. After watching his highlights on Hudl, I saw the way he can explode off the edge and get to the backfield real quick. He is a big guy at 6-6, 225lbs. He put up 80 tackles, 32.5 TFL, and 20 sacks in his senior year. Excellent senior year stats have Jared Ivey on the radar from Day 1 to become an elite pass rusher. In all, Georgia Tech's recruiting class is currently ranked at 27th in the nation along with top 5 in the ACC.
Georgia Tech's offense was disappointing in 2019, averaging a mere 16.7 PPG, near dead last in FBS. The offense put up 285.5 YPG in 2019, which Tech put up more rushing yards per game in 2018 compared to total yards in 2019. Running the ball in 2019 wasn't a big problem for Tech, with a pair of All-ACC 3rd Team back Jordan Mason and a QB game surrounded by West Coast Offense style. Mason put up 900 yards and 7 touchdowns, while starting QB James Graham added another 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. The passing game though was a big offense killer. The QB room combined for 14 touchdowns and 10 INTs, and not even able to crack 2000 passing yards, a huge letdown. Starter James Graham had some glimmers of hope, including a Week 10 victory against NC State where he put up 4 touchdowns. Graham will have freshman competition this year, with Jeff Sims, Jordan Yates, and Tucker Gleason all challenging him, along with Sierra Canyon commit Chayden Perry in 2021. Graham will most likely be the Week 1 starter against Clemson, but it'll take a couple games to decide the starter for the season. Whoever does take over at quarterback will have some targets to throw to. Sophomore wideout Ahmarean Brown has some hype around him and should be WR1 this season. Adonicas Sanders and Malachi Carter return at receiver for Georgia Tech. Nate McCollum and Ryan King join the core as upcoming freshmen. The Tech offense returns to the gridiron in 2020 with an almost identical crew with freshmen exceptions. The only notable loss on offense is TE Tyler Davis, who was drafted in the 6th Round of the NFL Draft by Jacksonville, which made him the first Georgia Tech draft pick since 2017. If Georgia Tech's offense can improve in 2020, this team will be going places in the coming years.
David Curry, leader of the
Georgia Tech defense
Georgia Tech has a defense that is definitely going places. Tech has the likes of David Curry, Tariq Carpenter, Juanyeh Thomas, and Tre Swilling to lead the defense. Add 4-star recruits CB Miles Brooks and DE Jared Ivey and this defense could be sneaky good next year. In terms of 2019, the defense allowed a poor 32.4 PPG, ranking 104th in FBS. They allowed at least 20 points in every game except for Week 2 vs USF. The D-Line barely put up any pressure, only having 14.5 sacks all year. The secondary put up 7 interceptions last year, and with the addition of Brooks, this secondary looks good. My player to watch on the defense is LB David Curry. He led the team in tackles in 2019, and it wasn't even close. He finished 2nd in TFL and sacks on the team. Look for Curry to put up a standout senior season.
Georgia Tech is set to have a tough schedule in 2020, as they're set to face Clemson, Notre Dame, and Georgia next season. We also have a hyped up UNC matchup, UCF, and defending Coastal champs Virginia to face. I say our ceiling is 6-6 if we can win our games against average ACC competition. If that's not the case, then I say our floor is another 3-9 season. So my season prediction is 5-7. I say we beat Gardner-Webb, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Duke, and Miami. Look out for an potential upset against Notre Dame on November 14th.
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