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