Heading into Week 5, Georgia Tech is 1-2 with a disheartening, tough loss to The Citadel. There are, however, a few good reasons to why Tech fans should remain positive for the remainder of the season, no matter what the overall record may look like.
Reason #1: The Team is Very Young.
The Yellow Jackets have a total of 12, yes, 12, seniors on the team. This is one of the lowest in the country and THE lowest out of all the Power 5 conference teams. This means this rebuild, is in full swing. There is plenty of talent to be kept on both sides of the ball going into 2020 and even the 2021 seasons. These players will be developed to fit their schemes and positions more effectively as experience is received throughout the remainder of the year and heading into the next few seasons. Just because the Jackets aren’t getting W’s on the win column, doesn’t mean they aren’t getting experience for their young players.
Reason #2: The Defense.
Georgia Tech’s defense still looks very formidable, despite being 1-2. The strong suit being the secondary, which mind you, will return ALL starters next season while adding more depth with a strong defensive recruiting class, which includes 4-Star CB Miles Brooks, and hopeful 4-star S Javier Morton (Former Alabama Commit). Not to mention, transfers such as 5-star DE Antonneous Clayton, 4-star CB Myles Sims, and 4-star S Derrik Allen will all be playing next season and potentially starting for the Yellow jackets as well. Sims was the only one who managed to get his eligibility waiver for this 2019 season.
Reason #3: Recruiting and Patience.
If you were expecting a complete turn around to happen overnight, I guess you’re surprised by now, but realistically, most of us knew that the way this season has gone so far, was almost expected. As fans, we have to realize that the team needs time to be developed into their new systems. This includes recruiting classes and on field experience. The players and coaches are all pushing themselves to better this team. This can easily be seen by the passion and respect, both the players and coaches, have for each other. It’s all over social media. The coaches and players have a connection with each other, and we have to have faith and patience that the connection will develop into something special, but with time. The Yellow Jackets are currently in the top 25 for recruiting according to 24/7 Sports and Rivals recruiting databases. This is on pace to be the best recruiting class in over 11 years on The Flats.
Wrapping it Up:
Overall, there are plenty of reasons to place optimism in the right spots for the remainder of the season. The overall record doesn’t justify exactly where this program is heading just yet. If this was 3 years down the road, discussions should most notably be made, but for now, we need to realize that, indeed, ‘Rome was not built in a day’. As fans, let’s embrace the small victories this season and enjoy the little moments, for big things are surely to come.
Georgia Tech travels to Philadelphia this Saturday in a non-conference away game against the (2-1) Temple Owls. They look to get back on track before heading into ACC Coastal play against UNC the week after.