Friday Q&A: January 27, 2012

1: Same question I always ask this time of year. Is the low number of offensive line recruits a problem?

Chris Coleman: It certainly could turn out that way at some point down the line. Numbers have been a problem in Tech’s offensive line recruiting in the past, though signing three guys in one class certainly is better than some of their classes in the past.

On the other hand, signing a lot of linemen doesn’t necessarily help. Think back to the 2005 offensive line class, which featured the following six players: Eric Davis, Richard Graham, Brandon Holland, Robert Norris, Antonio North and Sergio Render. Ouch. Except for Render, that was a pretty bad class of offensive lineman. Richard Graham worked hard and made himself into something, but he was never a particularly good option.

Tech cast a wide net for offensive linemen this year. They offered guys from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and probably some others as well. They lost their four and five star targets to programs like Florida, Oklahoma and LSU. When it comes down to it, there are very few sure things in offensive line recruiting, and competition for guys like that is tougher than it is for skill position players, who are a dime a dozen compared to linemen.