Well, the slots are now getting REALLY tight in this recruiting class, and Gary decided to lock up his chance before it got any tighter. Today Tahj became the eighteenth member of the class of 2019, joining Keshawn King in the backfield for the class. Gary is also the first commitment from Georgia. The Hokies had been the longtime presumed leader in the clubhouse, and now they’re locked in.
For ratings, Gary is a pretty solid across-the-board three star running back: 247 has him pegged at an 86- the 710th best player national, the 43rd running back, and the 71st player in Georgia. ESPN has him unranked nationally, the 50th running back, and the 77th best player in Georgia. Rivals has him unranked nationally, the 35th running back, and the 63rd best player in Georgia. His lead recruiters were Vance Vice and Zohn Burden. Other schools involved in his recruiting were South Carolina, Purdue, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, UNC, Boston College, and many others- his offer list apparently numbered north of thirty schools.
Either way, his addition can hopefully solidify the current running back depth chart which will definitely be missing Steven Peoples and potentially lose more to attrition due to playing time rotational issues.
Tahj Gary (Atlanta, GA. 5’-9”, 212lbs. Running Back.)
Gary is your pretty stereotypical downhill runner type, but he does have some good lateral agility and quickness. I like the general awareness and sense he has, and for once we have a running back with some tape of catches out of the backfield. So that’s nice. It looks like his offense runs a variety of pro-style attack, which is a change of pace. Gary also seems to line up and do all sorts of things- running go or swing routes, going downhill in the pistol or shotgun. I’ve got a couple of questions about his play when things get tight, though- a lot of the time he seems to be running through holes that small vehicles can go through. But at the very least he does show some breakaway speed and versatility that I definitely like that we don’t see much in standard, run of the mill tape. Let’s see if that continues in college.
Congratulations, Tahj, and welcome to the class. Go Hokies!