Catching up with Tyler Marcordes

It may one day be one of those stories of legend:

Kid shows up at Georgia Tech’s football offices, hoping to impress the coaches.

Coaches look at his smallish size (200 pounds) and his average film, are polite but it’s obvious to the kid that they aren’t interested.

Kid thinks, “I can be better.”

Kid begins working out.

Kid puts on 30 pounds and grows a couple of inches.

Kid shows up months later at Tech. Kid is now 6-4, 230 pounds with film that went from “Just Go With It” average to “The King’s Speech” excellent.

Tech offers him a scholarship. Kid takes it.

The kid is Tyler Marcordes, one of the Yellow Jackets’ 22 recent signees.

Like his father, Marcordes said he was a late bloomer. As a freshman, he was 5-9, 140 pounds. But once he bloomed he developed into an all-conference quarterback and safety at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Ill.

He is projected to play outside linebacker at Tech. To do so, he has been eating seven meals a day — “bunch of grilled chicken” — and training hard to add the necessary weight and strength. He’s putting in the work even though he said he’s fine if Tech decides to redshirt him.

The whole story is interesting.

Marcordes and his father were considering what colleges he should attend during his junior season. They appreciated Tech’s academic reputation, so they decided to visit Atlanta and the Institute. It was Tyler’s first time in the city. He loved the campus, calling it “a dream.”

Tech’s coaches showed them around, but it seemed obvious to Tyler that the recruiting process probably wasn’t going to go any further.

But he really liked the school and wasn’t ready to give up.

“I didn’t’ start working until after that,” he said. “I wanted to see where I could go with it.”

As he grew other schools began to show an interest. He committed to Illinois in November.

And then he, his dad and a friend flew to Atlanta because they were going to visit Furman, which was still recruiting him. His dad emailed Tech’s coaches to see if they should stop by on their way. Tyler called the Furman’s coaches to tell them he was coming to their game. The coaches told him that they had just been fired.

“We turned around and came back,” he said.

When they arrived at Tech the Jackets coaches were so impressed with the film from his senior season he said that they offered him on the spot. He committed in December.

He hopes to come down to watch a spring practice and he said he’s excited about playing for defensive coordinator Al Groh.

“In the Georgia Tech system, the outside linebacker in the 3-4 has a lot of responsibility and they make a lot of plays,” he said.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

85 comments Add your comment


February 15th, 2011
12:57 pm

sounds good and first fasho

Ga Tech Old Timer

February 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

Tyler Marcordes – Already knows what it’s going to take to be an outstanding athlete and student at Tech. Welcome aboard young man. Your future is bright – on and off the field.


February 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

From everything I have seen and read this kid will be lucky to ever see the field except for spcial teams. Many Ga Tech fans I have talked to feel this was a wasted schlorship.


February 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

This is the kind of player that make Tech fans proud. Go Jackets!!


February 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

No need for your negativity, john.


February 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

Comments from John, the little dawg.


February 15th, 2011
1:24 pm

Congrats, Tyler. Glad to have you. Sounds like a team leader. ” GO JACKETS “


February 15th, 2011
1:35 pm

He may be another Keith Brooking – growing into a stud while @ Tech!


February 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

Welcome aboard Tyler – anxious to see you in a Yellow Jacket uniform!

Go Jackets!


February 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

Talk about work ethic. He’s the kind of guy that will be pulling a sled at 6 am Sunday morning after missing a tackle. Hopefully he won’t be offsides too much because he sounds like Rudy…


February 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

Nice story.

Nice testament to hard work also. There is probably a self help book in this story somewhere.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Yellow Skeeter

February 15th, 2011
1:42 pm

Enjoy your “dream” campus, Tyler.

Once you have to step over dead bodies, and you get mugged twice a week, it will become a “reality” campus.


February 15th, 2011
1:46 pm

Congrats Tyler. Love the size and speed, keep working hard, and go jackets!!


February 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

To all of the Dawg trolls: I bet he won’t have trouble qualifying to get into school. Enjoy watching Crowell play RB for Mississippi Gulf Coast CC next year.


February 15th, 2011
2:24 pm

His senior highlights on youtube are pretty impressive. Nobody could tackle this kid. Don’t be surprised if he winds up playing some QB either. He runs like a fullback.


February 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

Nice read, Just watch his highlight videos, the kid can play. He plays and looks like he loves to hit, and he hits hard. Tyler and Shaq Mason are going to the two sleeper signees this year. I don’t think he’ll red-shirt, at a minimum he will be gunner on kick and punt teams as a fresh.


February 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

jason g, just go listen to joe hamilton butcher the english language and that is proof the admission standards at tech are not what you all think they are. duke, vandy, stanford, now those are real schools.
BTW crowell already has a 21 on the act, wonder what stephon marbury scored?


February 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

Kid is big, fast, loves contact, and works hard. Great addition. Must be a great athlete to grow that much, that fast and maintain his agility. He looked like a man amongst boys in his film. 6′4″ , 230 lb QB running over linebackers, wow.

Big Ol Stinger

February 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

Hard to say don. Probably higher than Tony Cole though.


February 15th, 2011
3:32 pm

Just ignore the dawg fans.

This kid will be successful. He has physcial ability based on the video and he has the work ethic based on this story. If the majority of the players had that kind of attitude, there wouldn’t have been a 6-7 season on the Flats. Signing kids like this was no accident. They needed an influx of good attititude as much as athletic talent (and I think they got both).


February 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

Nice research John. He was going to Illinois before he got the offer that he wanted. Rivals had him as a three star. His dad played in the NFL, so no one considers this a wasted scholly.

Not The Only

February 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

Speaking of “SLEEPER” recruits. The running back, Snoddy, is another sleeper who will be a GREAT ONE!!!

This GT recruiting year will PROVE to be the REAL State of GA DREAM TEAM.

The other state school will PROVE to the BAD DREAM.


Not The Only

February 15th, 2011
4:23 pm

The other state school’s 2011 recruits will PROVE to a BAD DREAM after all of the arrests and losses!!!



February 15th, 2011
4:29 pm

hard work pays off! congratulations Tyler.


February 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

John………hope you are not a Dawgs fan. You sound like some of the players on our team the last few years that almost brought down CMR. My hope is that you are just a primary school kid who does not know better.
Go Dawgs

Delbert D.

February 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

Clay Matthews was 6-1 and 163 in his junior year in high school.


February 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

Heres to hoping the kid gained the pounds the right way. We have been burned before but sounds like the real deal this time. There is a lot of potential in some of the “sleeper” recruits we have this year, I just hope they can be coached up.

Ramblin Man

February 15th, 2011
6:57 pm

The kid sounds good on paper and looked pretty good in film but I know nothing of the talent he faced. I see a redshirt if they want him as an LB unless he plays special teams. I also doubt his facebook page reads about getting paid and being strapped like some recruits I know.


February 15th, 2011
7:10 pm

JOHN Look at the films of thios kid and then make the negative statements. This guy is a sleeper ,yes, but I’ll bet he earns his way.He’s big , fast and he has a lot of athleticism–he’ll beok.


February 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

4 schools run the option. navy, air force, army, ga tech.
tech won one game in its last 6 games, duke
tech plays in the acc
tech has to lure fans with free hot dogs and cokes
tech has to lie about the capacity of its stadium
tech will never be able to lure decent talent as long as cpj is there cause no player wants to play for a jack ass who runs a high school offense in a joke of a conference with a terrible fan base.

NC Jacket

February 15th, 2011
10:19 pm

Hey ed you are supposed to use a capital letter for a formal name OK Ed.

Lesson to all to help the less educated.


February 16th, 2011
12:40 am

So if duke vandy and Stanford are real schools and tech isn’t, then uga is relatively a joke. Ps check out the ROI on tech compared to those. Whose debt free and who is still paying back 200k in student loans?? Riddle me that!!!


February 16th, 2011
5:59 am

After JUCO, Crowell goes to prison. Most dawgs fans I have talked to say he will never take a step on the field in aATHENS.


February 16th, 2011
6:13 am

Stinger…..being a big Dawg fan also; I have never heard one fan say Crowell would never play a down in Athens. Where doe this crap get started anyway???


February 16th, 2011
6:27 am

Hey guys, the boy had a scholarship from Illinois, a Big Ten school! Those just don’t just fall off of trees because you are a boy scout and go to church on Sunday. It is not like Tech had to beat out Temple, Buffalo or Miami Hurricanes to get the kid.


February 16th, 2011
8:00 am

How bad did Mr. Walker murder the english language when he accepted the (JOHN) Heisman Trophy?


February 16th, 2011
8:01 am

Hey Brown Growler, it’s not hard to look good against pee wee competition.


February 16th, 2011
8:03 am

Sounds like the young man is determined and has a great work ethic. I’m glad he’s a Yellow Jacket and I hope he has a great career!

brent cunningham

February 16th, 2011
9:12 am

starting from this date forward, let’s see how many of the leg humpers from this great class are still in school. The lure of bars, booze, and broads in athens area will get alot of them. Good pick Jackets, I’m sure the young student athelete will represent us well.


February 16th, 2011
9:23 am

Brent, you might want to go check the putrid graduation rate of your joke football team before you go popping off at the mouth like an ignorant goob. Besides, whether our players graduate or not and no matter how many brain cells they might kill, they can still wax that nerd azz on a football field like it was nobody’s business. But keep running that big mouth Techie and spreading vicious lies. That’s always worked so well for you clowns in the past. 9 of 10 and counting…



February 16th, 2011
10:06 am


You should be ashamed for saying crap about Crowell just because he signed with UGA.

Going to JUCO? – Nope. He is going to UGA
Going to prison? – Nope. He is going to college after he graduates high school this spring.

All this talk of prison and thugs and felons and blah blah blah is a sad attempt to make all the UGA football players out to be bad people.
In reality stinger, it says a whole lot more about you and your desperate attempt to make yourself out to be better than everyone else.


North Ave Killer Beez

February 16th, 2011
10:12 am

JOHN: Has never seen the field in his life, besides viewing from his seat in the stands. Waste of a fan. I don’t know what you saw in the film, but this kids is a beast. Glad he chose GT.


February 16th, 2011
10:33 am

DawginLex – have you seen Crowell’s Facebook posts? You do realize he is self-reporting some recruiting violations through some ignorant posts on his part? Talking about receiving money, going to bars, etc on his recruiting trips to Athens……I hope he realizes that the NCAA monitors FB posts…especially posts like his. He may be suspended before he even gets to UGA!


February 16th, 2011
10:41 am

don’t do Facebook. Regardless, stinger’s kind make all the UGA players out to be thugs and felons and goons. It is sad.


February 16th, 2011
10:52 am

Too bad that these blogs cannot be about the subject at hand due to the back and forth silliness between GT fans and uga fans….silliness that starts because uga fans obviously care more about insulting GT than discussing their own team on their own blogs. I really believe doing this is on an almost daily basis is, to some of them, the most drivng force in their lives. Think about that.

By the way, some GT fans do the same on uga blogs, but not nearly as much. Read them if you doubt it.


February 16th, 2011
10:57 am

Glad to have you on the flats. Go Jackets!


February 16th, 2011
11:02 am


So you are defending stinger?


February 16th, 2011
11:05 am

why is Tech not going after the Brooks kid for basketball-the ivy leage teams are after him!

Smart and a good defender and player-oops-Hewitt is the coach!!


February 16th, 2011
11:12 am


I am not defending stinger…but he did not say anything until yeller skeeter and a couple other dawg fans started in. What stinger said was silly and wrong but that is the kind of stuff that is easy to type when you try to read a blog about one of your recruits, and the blog turns into crap from a rival team’s fans. To your credit, you and Paddy were two dawg fans who did not stoop to that level.