Georgia Tech Could Gain from Vandy's De-Commitment Losses


For all of you college football fans out there, National Signing Day–when the top football recruits in the nation put pen to paper for their college choice–is quickly approaching. Georgia Tech currently has 19 verbal commits, but with all the coaching changes going on, more could be on the way.

This past week has been a week of changes for many head coaches in the college football world. In one major shake-up, the Georgia Bulldogs hired Jeremy Pruitt away from Florida State as their defensive coordinator, after the position was vacated by Todd Grantham, who left to be the defensive coordinator for Bobby Petrino at Louisville.

I’ll give you a second to digest that sentence.

Also in the SEC, the coaching carousel went spinning up into Nashville, Tn., when Vanderbilt head coach, James Franklin, left to go to Penn State as their new head coach. The Commodores 2014 recruiting class is ranked 59th (according to but that ranking could change with two major blows.

Three-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers of Nashville, Tn. (The Ensworth School), and three-star Atlanta (The Lovett School) cornerback, Grant Haley are both putting their names back in the recruiting hat.

Haley said he was going to open up his recruitment to other schools, but that he was still committed to Vanderbilt. Haley also added that he would be considering Georgia Tech, Duke, Penn State, and maybe Wisconsin.

“I’m opening up my recruitment and considering other schools but I am still committed to Vanderbilt,” he said. “I don’t have any thoughts on the matter other than that it’s a good opportunity for Coach Franklin. I respect him but it’s definitely been a pretty crazy couple of days.” According to, Georgia Tech is a school that Haley is looking into closely.

As for Sawyers, he sent out the following tweet on Wednesday, January 15:

Sawyers committed to Vanderbilt back in July, but now wants to rethink his options. He said he will more than likely narrow the teams down to 10 on Wednesday, January 22. Sawyers said he was hearing the most from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

With only a couple of weeks left until signing day, Tech would love to have these two recruits sign a letter of intent to play football at Bobby Dodd in August. With me not being able to look into the future, I won’t say how the 2014 recruiting class will do, but with the addition of Sawyers and Haley, Tech can’t go wrong.

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