It’s not often you hear about Georgia Tech picking up a big commitment on the recruiting trail, but that changed this week thanks to one word: legacy.
Bruce Jordan-Swilling from New Orleans (Brother Martin) committed to Georgia Tech on Tuesday over 26 other programs.
Jordan-Swilling is ranked the No. 14 outside linebacker in the 2017 class and the No. 7 recruit from the talent-laden state of Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite. Notably, he committed to Georgia Tech despite offers from powerhouse programs Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, and USC.
If the rankings don’t do it for ya, the plethora of elite football schools Jordan-Swilling rejected should. It’s an impressive win for the Yellow Jackets whichever way you look at it.
You may be wondering why such a highly-recruited player would go with an ACC program that hasn’t been all that consistent during coach Paul Johnson’s tenure.
The simple answer? Family matters.
Jordan-Swilling is the brother of Tre Swilling, a three-star Brother Martin cornerback who also just committed to Georgia Tech. Their father, Pat Swilling, is a former Yellow Jacket All-American linebacker who also played in the NFL. Their uncle, Ken Swilling, was a Georgia Tech All-American. Another uncle, Darrell Swilling, won a national championship with the program.
It’s a legacy, something both brothers talked about.
“With very careful consideration I have decided to commit to Georgia Tech and continue the Swilling Legacy that my father and uncles started. There was no other place that could give me more motivation then playing in their shadows and working to standout as they did in their time.
“Being able to run out on the field and look up to my father’s name on the HOF banner will serve as a constant reminder of the hard work and effort it takes to be great on and off the field!”
Continuing the Legacy. pic.twitter.com/CXAgPDzXFq
— Trè Swilling (@TreSwilling) August 23, 2016
Jordan-Swilling also mentioned the family name:
“I am a Swilling and Swillings stick together, with that being said I am committed to Georgia Tech,” he wrote on Twitter.
All Glory To God ???????? pic.twitter.com/40twT33uoI
— 9INE (@BruceJSwilling) August 24, 2016
Pipelines are huge in recruiting, and Georgia Tech was the direct beneficiary in this instance. Recruiting staffs often work hard to build pipelines to specific cities or regions, and more specifically certain schools. If a school is fortunate enough to get “in” with a family of athletes, it must always try to capitalize on that.
In this instance, Johnson lucked out on an old family tie to Georgia Tech, but that pipeline — as the new Tech commits put it, that legacy — is a huge reason why we’re talking about the Yellow Jackets in a positive light.
“They” say that any press is good press, but that’s not true in college football. Good press is good press, and this is great press for Georgia Tech.
Both players are solid pickups, but Jordan-Swilling in particular could play in any elite college football program. He projects to be a star for Tech, a program that could use a few more stars in an ACC that ‘s starting to look a bit stacked.
Georgia Tech’s 2017 class now features 13 commitments. No surprise, the Swillings are the highest-ranked recruits among the group, a class currently ranked No. 47 nationally.