Tech has four available scholarships

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech is four scholarships under its 85-player limit, giving coach Paul Johnson potential to offer scholarships to Penn State players considering transferring following the NCAA’s punishment for its involvement in the sexual abuse scandal involving former coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA has granted immediate eligibility to Penn State players who leave the school to play elsewhere. That offer, on top of the program being docked a total of 40 scholarships and facing a four-year bowl ban, could lead to an exodus of talent out of State College, Pa. The 85-player limit, though, may not even matter. The Washington Post reported Monday morning that the NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits for schools that accept Penn State transfers.

Broadly speaking, Tech faces multiple challenges and may not wade too deeply into the fray, or at all. First, the staff does not have a wealth of connections to Pennsylvania high schools and coaches, which have produced the vast majority of the Nittany Lions roster. Second, that also means the staff is less familiar with players considering transferring. As was the case with guard Thomas O’Reilly, who transferred to Tech from Auburn this summer after having picked Auburn over Tech out of high school, that two-way familiarity can be crucial.

Tech’s roster doesn’t include any players from Pennsylvania. Defensive coordinator Al Groh, from his days coaching at Virginia, has helped land three players from the Washington, D.C. area – cornerback Louis Young, linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and defensive end Roderick Chungong. Among recruits committed for the 2013 signing class are a defensive end/linebacker and defensive tackle from Maryland and a quarterback from New Jersey.

Third, Johnson has sought to even out the size of signing classes, and accepting transfers could undermine that effort. For example, there are only 10 scholarship seniors on the roster. Johnson will be speaking Monday afternoon at ACC Media Days.

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www

July 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

i’m available. i’d like to go back and get a master’s degree. give me a ring coach, i’ll pick up.

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

first, couldn’t resist…

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Oh well, was close.
4 ships left, CPJ can really be selective. I sure hope those 4 spots are filled with some great recruits to fill out what appears to be a very good class so far.
Some of you recruiting gurus out there, do you know who some of our top targets are?

sourgrapes

July 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Ken, I could have sworn I read that the NCAA would lift the 85 player limit for PSU transfers.

GT fan

July 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

The Washington Post reported Monday morning that the NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits for schools that accept Penn State transfers …………….Uh-oh, look out here comes Bama et al SEC schools to “legally” oversign.

www

July 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

sourgrapes – the answer to your question is in the first paragraph of the article you just read. you did read it before asking a question about it, right?

“The Washington Post reported Monday morning that the NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits for schools that accept Penn State transfers.”

sourgrapes

July 23rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Sorry no – I missed that.

In the interim, I did find out that it’s not a true limit forgiveness, so to speak – if a team goes over this year, they would have to use less by that many next year.

Ken Sugiura

July 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

sourgrapes has it right. “true limit forgiveness” sounds like mortgage talk.

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

According to the article above, we probably have no connections with any of PSU’s players, so it’s probably not in our interest to spend time trying. Better to focus on who’s on our list now. They probably have a couple dozen players that most teams would be happy to have. If there is a player that would be an absolute perfect fit for what we nee, make some contact, never know. But I don’t see it being worth the effort.
It is interesting stuff though.

RambleOn84

July 23rd, 2012
1:54 pm

We could pull an Alabama and sign 20 or so of them, and then cut the 16 we don’t like as much as the others.

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
2:10 pm

84, if we sign 20 of them, “true limit forgiveness” means they would never count against the 85 limit, we could have 105 on the roster legit. We’d probably have to hire more coaches and tutors then. Then D’rad would have to raise our Tech Fund giving.

GT in GoldTown

July 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

Are there any serious candidates that could come to Tech?

Jacket Man

July 23rd, 2012
2:16 pm

To the best of my knowledge, I believe there’s only one player on the Penn State roster who gave the Jackets serious consideration over the past 2 seasons, so I wouldn’t have high expectations of getting any transfers to GA Tech.

HighTech

July 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

With Georgia Tech connections on the current Penn State coaching staff, would there be any help there for student-athletes who want to transfer to be steered towards Tech?

GT Alum

July 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Not surprised we don’t have a recruiting foothold in PA. Will probably do a little more up there once Pitt joins the league, but PA is more Big 10 country. That could be an extra penalty to PSU, if their top players and recruits all end up transferring to rival schools.

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
2:35 pm

High Tech
Wouldn’t be surprised if the whole coaching staff is updating their resumes.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
2:41 pm

Allowing schools to TAKE more than the 25/85 is another NCAA JOKE.
We(the NCAA) are the Joke you knew we were and we are going to continue to be the JOKE we are.

Beat UGA

July 23rd, 2012
2:46 pm

If I recall correctly, the Cox brothers are from Pa, Mike Cox was playing for the Falcons, last I heard anyway. Excellent running backs!!

Delbert D.

July 23rd, 2012
2:50 pm

Am I correct in presuming that the PSU athlete must initiate contact? Even with that, nothing short of NSA cell monitoring and FBI wiretaps will catch recruiters. With the 15 scholarship limits, I would not be surprised for the athletes recruited to Penn State will mostly be long-time fans and FCS level talent or lower.

old dog

July 23rd, 2012
2:50 pm

y’all may pick up a couple of defensive guys, and maybe we can get some o-line help…….Penn State got what they deserved, but these kids who knew nothing about it deserve to play somewhere.

old dog

July 23rd, 2012
2:58 pm

We all need to quit bashin’ ‘Bama, even though I sure as heck ain’t a ‘Bama fan. We can moan, etc., but “They better than either one of us” and bitchin’ ’bout ‘em won’t do any good. We need to concentrate on making the two main Georgia programs better w/o being pi$$ed that ‘Bama will whip the tar out of both of us………

GTpack

July 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Any of you brainiacs think all of the players at Penn State come only from PA?

Think about it, Penn State recruits from many states, not just PA. they have players from Md, NC, Tenn, Va, Texas, etc.

Also, they don’t have to be recruits, what about a couple of Jr’s or Soph’s. Or maybe a really good Sr D lineman. We could use some D Line no matter which class, maybe some backers.

Check the roster, http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/roster/_/id/213/penn-state-nittany-lions

Drexel Gal

July 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Maybe Tech should consult with former assistant, and current Marlyland coach, Randy Edsall — a Pennsylvania native — about how to recruit in the Keystone Commonwealth. But then, PA-native quarterbacks, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, George Blanda, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, and Matt Shaub probably would not have prospered in the triple-option (aka, wishbone).

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
4:14 pm

GTpack most players are from PA and within 100 miles so tyr again.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
4:15 pm

@ Drexel Gal……the triple option is NOT aka the wishbone.

old dog

July 23rd, 2012
4:45 pm

@Supersize (my old Augusta Buddy)
Drexel Gal is not too far off the mark……its still hard in y’alls offense to get a QB as opposed to an athlete playing QB; wishbone and triple option call for a mobile, running QB and the ones she named earlier would not have made it work. T/o and W/bone kinda work under the same premise…..

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
4:52 pm

old dog…………TEBOW is not a QB, but the NFL found him a place.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
4:53 pm

4 scholly left and GT needs to look at GOTSIS’ friend in the US Football league in Aussie land.

909

July 23rd, 2012
5:04 pm

I would think the primary winners of a PennSt exodus would be (in ranked order)

1. Pitt (In-state)
2. Maryland (Next closest, and Edsall has LOTS of ’ships available)
3. Virginia (Next closest after MD, and UVA is academically highly regarded, like PennSt)
4. Syracuse (Any & Every PSU transfer would be a starter at Syracuse)

old dog

July 23rd, 2012
5:06 pm

5150 UOAD,
Always an exception to the rule, but Tebow is not a Unitas, Namath, etc. He had pretty good passing stats, and will again one day. He is working on his throwing pattern, etc. He is a QB, and did not come from a triple option or wishbone offense. Yeah, they ran him at Florida but he was still a QUARTERBACK!

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
5:26 pm

old dog……all you have to do is look at the way they line up on the field in the two offenses. The WISHBONE was so-named because it sort of appears like a wishbone. The TO has no such look.

dry dirt road

July 23rd, 2012
5:41 pm

Oh, I see that’s me. Wonder how I already logged in? Well, what I would have to say is whatever happened to juco transfers? Rock Perdoni was one at Tech for the 71-2 seasons. Scholarships are given to hs kids. Are such available scholarships 4 year ones? How about two year ones for juco transfers? Tech hasn’t gone for juco transfers in a long time. I’m not so sure Tech would want players from PSU anyway. Maybe reserve the sholarships for any walkons that might enroll at Tech.

Paul in NH

July 23rd, 2012
6:21 pm

909
You missed a couple of other likely schools for PSU players.
ND
Other B1G schools
Best “free agent to be” is Silas Redd – he would start at any team in the ACC.

Not Disappointed!

July 23rd, 2012
6:33 pm

Penn St have some sweet Defensive Backs! They always are heavy in that area! Lets go Jackets!

FL Jacket

July 23rd, 2012
6:37 pm

SansWorld

July 23rd, 2012
7:48 pm

I can not image how awful it must be for these kids. We are discussing this like they are undervauled stock, marked down meat at Kroger or foreclosed houses. These guys have a few weeks to sort out there imediate future. I hope that CPJ is not cold calling kids a PSU that he has absolutely no relationship with. “I know i have never spoken to you before, but if you are not doing anything in the next two years we could use a speedy OLB.”

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

SANSWORLD……WAKE-UP………..when the hell did you ever think this was about the KIDS or Higher Education? It is about Football and Football MONEY and not a damn thing more.

BIG BEE

July 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

I think the NCAA has again overstepped its boundry. The kids from 1998 up had nothing to do with the mess. Why void those games Why step on the present coaching staff? My main question is”what are they going to do with the 60Mil”? This is a criminal matter and not a football violation. Seems there could be cause for a class action suit against the NCAA. Just a few thoughts on the subjsec.

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
10:14 pm

It maybe about “BIG MONEY”, but it also about young people (the victims and current players). So many talk about them as commodities. None of this furthers the healing. Let the players make the decision about moving on to a different school (if they choose). Please remember the youngsters that were abused. Your banter and speculation is disgusting. If a PSU player wants to transfer to Tech that’s great. I’m all for it, but if he wants to go elsewhere I wish him the best of luck. Show some class Tech fans. This situation is bigger than foozball. I hate the whole damn thing!

The NCAA (joke) has weighed in. Go and review their decisions…PLEASE. Just don’t buy a recruit a soda pop without them knowing it. That’s 4 years probation. Oh yeah, I forgot…you must notify them in advance about “said” soda pop before buying the soda pop. Do the penalties match the “crimes”?

Sorry for the rant. Hopefully someone else sees the NCAA for what it is…a quasi-fascist organization that “lacks institutional control”. To Hell with with the NCAA.

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

delete the extra “with”

Again, sorry for the rant

HouseDivided

July 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

There is another MD Linebacker who committed to Penn State recently other than Kevin Robbins (see link in article). That linebacker is Zach Bradshaw, a great athlete and an academic all-star who had an offer from the Jackets also. Come South to Atlanta!

HouseDivided

July 23rd, 2012
11:30 pm

Kevin Robbins talk to your fellow MD linebacker! Help make Zach Bradshaw a Jacket!!!

garcia

July 24th, 2012
5:23 am

GT should look at players from the PSU program, but they should take this opportunity to possibly hire a former PSU coach with PA connections. That strategy might yield better long term results from a state that produces a lot of quality football players.

old dog

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Supersize,
You are right…..but I’m talking about the basics behind the offense. Several options on each play, with a running QB a necessity. Lining up is a little different, but many other aspects the same…
And BLT, although the Penn State situation is unique, I still do not like the NCAA!

good one Bobby

July 25th, 2012
2:36 am

@BLT “soda pop”…