(Even Paul Johnson smiles on Signing Day.)
It's the one day out of the year when everyone finishes with a winning record, and it is nigh. Signing Day 2010, ladies and gentlemen, stand by your page refresh buttons.
There are going to be some touch-and-go moments out there, with the likes of Seantrel Henderson and Marcus Lattimore still on the board. And just what does this highest of football holidays have in store for Georgia Tech fans? Follow along, will you?
Don't expect many surprises come signing day. Most, if not all, of Tech's commitments are pretty solid, and there's no deadline decision of any consequence that the Jackets factor in.
Paul Johnson and the now-departed Giff Smith put together a good class here—deep, balanced, filled a lot of necessary holes. It's small, but that's more a product of so few scholarships to hand out, not because there aren't takers.
But if you're looking for a head-spinning Signing Day, you won't find it in Atlanta.
This seems like the spot to throw in my sleeper candidate, so I shall.
Charles Perkins , from Collins Hill High School in suburban Atlanta, has been a solid commit for the Jackets since just before Signing Day 2009. He's got good size—6'1", about 200 pounds—and he'll supposedly get bigger, and he's a tough, bruising runner, according to all opinions involved.
More than that, he's been an integral part of this class, which is pretty good for its lack of depth, and he's already got the look of a future leader.
One of my greatest pet peeves in sports is when pundits call Player X "the next ____," and Signing Day just makes it even less bearable. So with that in mind, I'll only go so far as to say that, with a little bit more heft and strength, Perkins would seem to fit nicely into a B-back role.
Pointing you back to that article linked above, it should be noted that there exists a seeming closeness with the bulk of this group of newcomers. It's not at all uncommon for recruits to befriend one another at camps or on visits and stay in touch, but this lot seem to have developed between at least some of them a stronger-than-usual bond already.
It probably helps that they're almost all in-state players, a good sign for those who hope Johnson can compete with UGA whilst keeping prying eyes from out of state away as well.
And no, in reality, it's not the flashiest class, so every little thing counts. Just some food for thought, mostly.
This class isn't going to knock your socks off, absolutely not. It's got a few headliners, glitz in the right places, and plenty of defensive talent, but its size is going to keep its overall ranking (whether you put stock into that sort of thing or not) depressed a little bit.
But it should also be said that the talent level in this class is on par with the best Chan Gailey ever brought in, at least on paper, and such a haul is fast becoming the minimum standard under Johnson.
No, Georgia Tech will never be able to compete regularly (I stress that word, "regularly", before you call me Dave Braine) with Notre Dame or Florida or Georgia.
But under Johnson, the Jackets have shown the ability to be judicious in their judgement and succeed by the increasing standards of their program. Signing Day 2010 only reflects more of the same.