What happens when your RECRUITING is TOO GOOD? Georgia Tech finds out

Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall knew it was coming. He signed one of the nation’s best recruiting classes this past year and it was raided in last week’s major-league draft.


Nine of Georgia Tech’s incoming recruits were selected by MLB teams, headlined by two first-rounders — Blessed Trinity OF Jake Skole to the Texas Rangers at No. 15 and Marietta OF Chevez Clarke to the LA Angels at No. 30. Skole bypassed his Georgia Tech football scholarship (he planned to walk on the baseball team), signed with the Rangers for a $1.557 million bonus, and reported to Arizona for extended spring training on Monday night.

“You definitely want to recruit good talent … and I guess if you are going to lose somebody, let’s lose them the way we lost Jake Skole and Chevez Clarke, two guys who went in the first round,” Hall told the AJC.

“I think it remains to be seen on the rest on some of the other guys. We’re excited that the rest of them got drafted. We’ll try to do a good job educating them and convincing them that we can develop their talents good enough to prepare them for their next go-around (draft opportunity) in pro baseball.

“It’s kind of early to tell who is going to come, and who may sign early.”

MLB teams have a Aug. 16 deadline to sign the incoming recruits.

What about Clarke? Does Georgia Tech have a shot at retaining him? “First-round picks are no-brainers,” Hall said. “I tell everybody that if you go in the first round, it’s pretty hard not to take that and sign unless there are some circumstances. Jake has signed and I fully expect [Clarke] to sign.”

Here’s a look at Georgia Tech’s incoming recruits that were drafted by MLB teams:

1 (15) Jake Skole, OF, Texas Rangers (signed)
1 (30) Chevez Clarke, OF, Los Angeles Angels
4 (128) Matthew Grimes, RHP, Chicago White Sox
8 (240) Alexander Lavisky, C, Cleveland Indians
14 (435) DeAndre Smelter, RHP, Minnesota Twins
19 (591) Daniel Palka, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
44 (1326) Daniel Hyde, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
47 (1423) Christopher Triplett, SS, Detroit Tigers
50 (1497) Dusty Isaacs, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

55 comments Add your comment

Dawg Power

June 16th, 2010
3:38 am

These young men were RESCUED by MLB teams!!! Why go to Georgia Tech over MLB? Even if you had to sign for a bag of peanuts, or some calculators. With Georgia Tech, you have a future of falling short for making the College World Series, talking to no girls on campus, spending your weekend nights playing “World of Warcraft” on your computer with classmates, and living in your parents basement after graduation. Go Jake, and may the rest be smart enough to follow …

Dawgs are dumb

June 16th, 2010
7:03 am

Dawg Power — Glad that 7-11 allows you access to a computer while you work your overnight shift.

Ghost of UGA VII

June 16th, 2010
7:59 am

These so called Dog fans can’t ever spell it right.

Better where I’m at than in Shreveport or Athens!


June 16th, 2010
8:04 am

That’s one way to look at it, albeit exaggerated. The other way to look at it is as coming to a team that makes the postseason every year, not every now and then like your school, and where you can work hard, actually learn something useful, and have a lucrative career after baseball is over, whether you play pro or not, as opposed to going to classes in sociology, criminology, or social work, be lazy, and be in the bottom rung of society for the rest of your life. I’ve never seen people celebrate laziness like UGA people do. Oh, and then you can always date and end up with a girl from Athens if you want after they figure out everybody over there is a lazy bum with no future. At least that’s what I did.

Too Easy

June 16th, 2010
8:29 am

Well, Flapper, your cohorts have always said that UGA girls are easy.

Too Easy

June 16th, 2010
8:36 am

See what I mean?


June 16th, 2010
8:44 am

Stupid is as stupid does. Wonder why Georgia Fan would write such stupidity. Guess Georgia fans cannot get over the fact that Texas A&M prefers to be a little sister to Texas than join the mighty SEC.This bozo does remind me of an old joke. What does a UGA graduate say to a Tech graduate every morning at work….hello boss!


June 16th, 2010
8:55 am

What is a sloopy second?

Dixie Clear

June 16th, 2010
8:57 am

hotdog hallways……hilarious!….. ugag is scum!


June 16th, 2010
9:19 am

Too Easy you are just saying that because it is true. With a name like that you must be a UFA female too. HAHAHHAHAH!


June 16th, 2010
9:24 am

too early to type: Sloppy Second, Sloppy Tenths and UGA female. Sorry 1eyed watching Fox News and typing. Reading C. Tuckers crap and can’t think now.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

June 16th, 2010
9:59 am

Impressive list, GT has a strong baseball tradition. It is a risk to recruit players that will be drafted by MLB, but you have to recruit the best to be the best. Hall does a good job at GT, may Perno get us back to that level


June 16th, 2010
10:05 am

I haven’t gotten a response from chip so I will ask you Michael:

Why does the AJC allow blog handles like Pi$$onaDawg?

We are all guilty of posting childish garbage but, his blog handle is offensive.

I ignore his posts but I do notice he is posting and was just wondering why the AJC allows a handle like that.


June 16th, 2010
10:10 am

I’m certain that Coach Hall has a waiting list of very good high school players who will come to Tech when/if he needs to call them. Shooting for players who may be drafted is really a relatively low risk proposition. Dietrich played 3 years after being drafted, so have many others…

Although I don’t expect next years team to be as deep as this years, they will probably win at least 40 again. Actually having to work a little harder with a little less talent may make them better in the post season.


June 16th, 2010
10:13 am

Dawg Lex – quit whining and get some skin! What a whiner!


June 16th, 2010
10:19 am

Always a risk with signing high talent players in baseball. As long as some come to school it’s not a problem, but if the majority go pro it will hurt Tech down the line.


June 16th, 2010
10:25 am

You have to take the money when you can get it. Strike when the iron is hot. Save that money though and invest in yourself. Offseasons and taking online classes what have you at a school like Georgia Tech will pay large dividends for years. The best part about being so talented in a sport is that you already get to make a lot of money doing something you like so you can study whatever you want or something that might help you further other endeavors you might be interested in after the sports career is over.

Delbert D.

June 16th, 2010
11:29 am

What kind of guaranteed money do 4th through 50th rounders get in MLB?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

June 16th, 2010
11:44 am

Delbert D., anything after the third round, if you are considering college much at all, most guys will enroll in school and hope to up their draft stock. I would have signed for a cold hot dog and a warm beer, but a lack of talent kept me from it. The big bonuses are in the first two rounds


June 16th, 2010
11:54 am

They make enough to keep Flagboy Happy!!…Toodles, FLAGBOY..GT’11…


June 16th, 2010
12:16 pm

Congrats to GT. What a loaded roster you guys will have next season, minus the 1st rounders. Impressive.


June 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

coach’s fault for not seeing that and recruiting others that would stay for the duration.


June 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

I wish the Dawgs had the same problem.

Uga Who??????

June 16th, 2010
1:37 pm



June 16th, 2010
1:49 pm

Who cares about the 3-0 sweep this year since GT is watching the college WS on TV
just like UGA. Besides, when was Tech’s last appearance in the WS? I recall UGA
doing very well in Omaha 2 years ago.


June 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

It is great to be a Jacket. Coach Hall does a great job with the process and stays out of trouble. I would rather have this problem than not having anyone drafted. At least when you get your degree at GT you have a chance in this world. Let the UGA people talk but that is all they can do.

Uga Who??????

June 16th, 2010
2:52 pm

I agree jacket23…i learned to ignore them lobg ago just like the college football world has done. hehehehehe They are known as chokers

Uga Who??????

June 16th, 2010
2:53 pm


Uga Who??????

June 16th, 2010
2:54 pm


Uga Who??????

June 16th, 2010
2:55 pm


Saint Simons

June 16th, 2010
3:08 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Robert Hall

June 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

Since Hall was arrested none of you poindexters have gotten beaten up, raped, robbed, or had your lunch money stolen in that utopia of NATS. Coincidence? Nah.


June 16th, 2010
3:17 pm

It Sad that one comment at the beginning of this article about Georgia creates all this inferiority complex among you Techies that you can’t comment on your teams positives but have to degrade the one team in this state that has beaten you more times that you have beaten them in every sport. And sorry Who? But Georgia has a final four basketball apperance and a winning record over your team.


June 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

Jake Skole sucks as a football player anyway. In 5 years he will still be in the minors stinking it up there too. UGA is gonna sweep Tech in baseball next year you heard it here first!!

That Guy

June 16th, 2010
4:24 pm

Simple Simons,

You need some new material.

Tech Man

June 16th, 2010
4:25 pm

Go ahead and sign. Why come to Tech where your team will win 40-45 games a year and then get bumped every year in the playoffs. Tech will probably never make it to the College World Series again. They will loose every year in the regionals. They have no heart or motivation. Just a bunch of individual major league talent waiting for the draft every year.

Golden Rules

June 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

Come to GT an make ugump baseball your Bi-otch.


June 16th, 2010
4:36 pm

Dawg Power….its a sad day to be a Dawg fan when folks like you are allowed to get on a blog.


June 16th, 2010
4:45 pm

Delbert….the only guarenteed money of any drafted player in any round is his signing bonus. His salary in the minor leagues is week to week. Unless he signs a ML,( 40 man roster) contract all are one year deals and end when his minor league season is completed. Very few drafted players get a ML contract, Dave Winfield and Bob Horner come to mind. There may be a few others. If a player gets a college scholarship clause, that is also guaarenteed and can be used any time after he is finished playing.


June 16th, 2010
4:47 pm

UGA Who??????, don’t let history get in the way of your ignorance. UGA has 6 Final Fours (5 women, 1 men), 5 football national championships, and yes, a national championship in baseball.


June 16th, 2010
5:13 pm

davey boy when you start bringing in women’s basketball you are reaching bud. Please stick to relevant issues or maybe you would like to watch a women’s basketball game who knows. if that is the case you are big loser. five football championships beside 1980 name the other 4 and they have to be recognized by a football publication (AP, coach’s poll something) not the athens daily herald or the clarke county arse wipe banner. ugay people are delusional.


June 16th, 2010
5:40 pm

MLBscout, perhaps your reading comprehension is lacking, but my comments were directed to UGA Who?????? who made the erroneous assertion that UGA had no Final Fours. So the comment was relevant. If your research skills are also lacking, UGA had nationally recognized publications declare them football national champions in 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, and 1980.


June 16th, 2010
6:26 pm

David: If You can , go to the NCAA site and you will see UGA has 1 National Championship


June 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

GT fans are so smart, they can always turn losing into a positive.


June 16th, 2010
8:05 pm

david, if u want to include every time a school is listed by a minor publication as national champs in football, uga (5) is still looking up at georgia tech (6), according to the ncaa:

georgia tech 1917, 1928, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1990 >>> georgia 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980


that 1946 “williamson” championship or 1968 “litkenhous” championship doesn’t sound so impressive now, does it?


June 17th, 2010
12:04 am

11-3 > 8-5
23-13 > 14-17
47-15 > 14-36

HAHAHAHAHA we run his state!!!!!

Rabies Baby

June 17th, 2010
12:38 am




June 17th, 2010
3:52 am

Danny Hall does put a good baseball program together. But, when you consistently get the best of the best … you should be doing a lot better in the playoff and have made more trips to the College World Series.

I’m a GT fan and that’s just a fact.


June 17th, 2010
3:52 am

As far as Ugag is concerned … WHO THE FLIP CARES!


June 17th, 2010
7:53 am

The above who hyperventilate over dawg power’s comment for Tech recruitss choosing the MLB over GT one, either you are not old enough to have a son, or two, or you are not sure where your son is or what is his name. I am a father of two teenage athletes who would not even have to think twice about choosing a 1.5 mil signing bonus with MLB or going to any college at 18. Not implying that I do not want my two sons(both are honor students) to receive the best college education that is available, I and my wife do. They will be going to college. But, if given the opportunity to sign large bonus with Major League Baseball or fore go and go to college. SIGN THE MLB, AND SIGN BIG! His other comments are just blather and jacking the gt fan’s jaw.