Bishop Montgomery center Bradley Ezewiro (24) dunks at El Camino College in Torrance (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Coming from Torrance, California, you might expect a 'Mr. Sunshine', look-at-me flashy player on the hardwood. Instead, Bradley Ezewiro's game is the complete opposite. As he makes his way east to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, Ezewiro is looking to put himself into position to make that next step to playing high level collegiate basketball. Though listed at 6 foot 8 inches and anywhere from 230 to 250 pounds on the recruiting sites, he actually stands at 6 foot 9 inches and 270 pounds. The strong, physical big man sat down with GTSwarm.com to fill us in on the latest with his recruitment.

Recently, Georgia Tech flew out to California for an in-home visit with Ezewiro and his family. Assistant coach Anthony Wilkins is leading the charge for the Yellow Jackets. With James Banks set to graduate, Ezewiro heard what every freshman loves to hear. “He told me that Coach Pastner wants me to come in and play and be effective right away,” states Ezewiro. “They told me how they can really use me and how their system fits me and is the best option.”

The three-star big man has visited LSU and Virginia Tech. He is setting up an official visit with New Mexico, working on setting one up with Arkansas, and planning on heading to The Flats for an official on a date still to be determined. Tennessee is also in the mix to receive a visit.

A visit to Georgia Tech would allow Bradley to get an up-close look at what the coaching staff is telling him. Ezewiro already knows a lot about the city. “I have been to Atlanta for EYBL and adidas last year, and I really love the city. They have a lot of culture.”

Ezewiro is being methodical and thorough in his recruitment and knows exactly what he is looking for. “The most important variable is playing time and a coach that will help me get to the NBA,” says Ezewiro. Just one look at Ezewiro’s film and you can tell he plays a tough style of basketball. He can also run the floor and plays with some touch. “I compare my playing style to Julius Randle,” states Ezewiro, “I just want to help my team win.”

Bradley Ezewiro is an impressive young man and is saying and doing all of the right things. If Tech can secure the visit to Atlanta, and with the huge need for a center in next year’s class, the Yellow Jackets could be in a good position for the Oak Hill product.

2020 Wide Receiver Bryce Gowdy (photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Baller | noun | pronunciation: [bawl-er] | definition: A 6 foot 2 inch sure-handed, play-making wide receiver out of Deerfield Beach, Florida | example: Bryce Gowdy.

Bryce Gowdy, a class of 2020 prospect, is ranked as a 4-star prospect and 167th overall in the country per rivals.com. As important to Georgia Tech fans, he is committed to the Yellow Jackets.

Gowdy has had a strong start to his senior season and is looking to get even better. “My season is going great. I am making all my plays and starting to focus on becoming a stronger leader so I can take my team to state,” said Gowdy in a recent interview with GTSwarm.

Gowdy acknowledges his strengths but also wants to keep improving. “My best trait is my competitive nature and the one thing I would say I need to work on is my overall consistency.”

Even though he is working hard and focused on his own season, he has been tuned in all year to Georgia Tech and the offense especially. “Looking at the offense, I see a lot of promise and opportunity that won’t be fully showcased until more players like me are headed to the flats,” said Gowdy.

The Deerfield Beach product senses he has a chance to come in and make an early impact and that is exactly what he plans to do. “I’m really confident that I can come and start day 1 at Georgia Tech with my skillset. I am big and strong. I am college ready right now." Bryce clearly exudes confidence but puts his money where his mouth is and will continue to work hard and put himself into a position to succeed. He does not know when he is going to visit again but will be on campus soon. “I plan on signing, then enrolling early.”

If Gowdy continues to work hard and arrives for Tech's spring semester to get accustomed to the team and school, watch out for Gowdy to be a biGTime contributor to Tech’s offense as early as next year.

ATLANTA, GA - Credit to The Citadel. They knew who they were and stayed true to themselves for all 60 minutes, plus bonus time, of Saturday's game at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The outcome? A 27-24 overtime win for the Bulldogs.

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, is struggling to find an identity. Questions are aplenty after any loss, let alone one to a FCS team three games into a coaching transition. Let's look at a few, and go quickly, to avoid further agitation following a disappointing afternoon on The Flats.

Who is QB1?

Still, no answer. Offensive Coordinator Dave Patenaude is on record saying he prefers to have one quarterback be "the guy". During today's game vs. The Citadel, Lucas Johnson and Tobias Oliver continued to split snaps, sometimes within the same drive and same series. James Graham did not dress due to injury.

Who is PK1?

Tech has two "above the line" placekickers in Brenton King and Wesley Wells. King missed his lone field goal try last week, albeit from 50+ yards. This week was more discouraging, with King converting 1 of 2 field goal tries and Wells missing his lone extra point attempt. Give credit to King for being in position to have two attempts. His first was a pressure-filled effort from 34 yards out as regulation time expired to send the game to overtime. The latter attempt was 46 yards out and again in a scenario of "survive and advance". It had the leg, but unfortunately sailed wide.

What are reasonable expectations of the offensive line?

It's no secret that head coach Geoff Collins and offensive line coach Brent Key prefer big, long lineman. They inherited a mixed bag of size and skills. The line has been decimated early by injuries, with 4 scholarship linemen out due to injury during the majority of each of the last two games. On the positive side, the Jackets averaged 5.5 yards/rush and 6.5 yards/play today vs. The Citadel. On the negative, they allowed 3 sacks, gave up 6 total tackles for loss (TFL) and achieved just 14 first downs. In other words, fits and starts, and a ways to go to be competitive against better competition.

Is the defense for real?

There were reasons to be encouraged and reasons to "wait and see" about the Jackets' defense following the first two games against Clemson and South Florida. Today's game did little to clarify expectations. The Citadel executed their offense efficiently, averaging 4.5 yards/rush while converting 8 of 16 third downs and their lone fourth down attempt. They possessed the ball for almost 42 minutes, albeit aided by Tech's own inefficiency and penalties (we'll get to this in a second). It's an offense that Tech will not have to face again, and because of that it's difficult to project a ton from today's effort.

Why were penalties an issue all of a sudden?

Tech committed just 4 penalties in its first two games. Today, the Jackets committed 8, many of which came at absolutely critical junctures and deflated what otherwise would have given Tech a lot of momentum. The dead ball penalties by the defense in the first half extended drives, ultimately yielding points that otherwise would have been left off the scoreboard. Tech's last penalty of the game was a false start by the offense with 23 seconds to go, and unraveled an otherwise promising, potentially game-winning drive. Should we expect more of the first two game or more like today? TBD.

Perhaps the most frustrating question is, when will all these questions be answered? Some may take more than a season. For the sake of wins on the gridiron, let's hope that many are resolved expediently and positively, otherwise there may be more frustrating days ahead like today.

Video courtesy of ACC Digital Network

ATLANTA, GA – Finally, we have it. The first win of the Coach Collins era at Georgia Tech. Given that many expected a 0-1 record following our season opener, winning in week 2 became an even more important milestone to achieve. With the win over USF on Saturday afternoon, Tech fans can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy a small taste of revenge in light of last year's second half collapse in Tampa. This game also provided a clearer look at the strengths and needed improvements for this new-look Georgia Tech squad.

Pressley Harvin

There is not enough that can be said about punter Pressley Harvin so far this year. Without him, Tech would not have won this game. He proved absolutely critical in terms of field positioning, and his high, end-over-end punts were difficult to field for USF's return team. Both of Harvin's first two punts sailed 55 yards and pinned USF at their own 14 and 6, respectively. His third punt was fumbled by the returner which set Tech up for their second and final touchdown. Harvin also had another muffed punt and another 55 yard punt in the game, but the former was recovered by USF and the latter went uncounted following a USF penalty that gave Tech a first down instead. Even with a shanked punt in the game, Harvin maintained an average of 41.3 yards per punt. He will be a weapon moving forward.

Who is our Kicker?

As for questions in the placekicking game, Wesley Wells was dressed for yesterday's game, however Brenton King took all of the reps. When asked about the decision to play King at the postgame press conference, head coach Geoff Collins stated that King was the better kicker in practice and earned the start. There weren't many opportunities for King, with two made PATs and a missed 51 yard FG wide right.

O-Line Depth a Big Concern

The offensive line did best providing a rushing push for most of the game, but had some serious issues with pass protection. This was, in part, due to losing two key starters, Mikey Minihan and Kenny Cooper, in the first half. If anything, this game should show how resilient the line is and how important Coach Key has been on The Flats. Collins reiterated this in the postgame, saying that coaches including Key stress positional flexibility for everyone on the O-Line. Without positional flexibility, including the likes of Jahaziel Lee who due to attrition moved back to offensive tackle full-time from the defensive line, Tech would have had an even more difficult time moving the ball.

Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude tried to work within the strengths of the team's personnel, calling a number of screens and quick passes to take some of the stress off the line. With a number of scholarship linemen down after only Tech's second game (Hansen, Clark, Minihan, Cooper), the line is facing a huge hurdle for the rest of the season.

D-Line Improvement

The interior defensive linemen provided a lot of help stopping inside runs on Saturday. The line got a great jump off the ball and allowed just one broken play, a QB scramble by USF quarterback Blake Barnett. That unit's highlight was arguably the turning point in the game, when tackle TK Chimedza knocked the ball loose during Tech's fourth quarter goal line stand.

As for the pass rush, the Jackets got inside and forced check down throws and scrambles out of the pocket, while also tallying 4 sacks for the game. Defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker and his line coaches, Marco Coleman and Larry Knight, did a great job of continuously rotating linemen throughout the game to keep them fresh and attack the ball. They disguised coverages and stunts, causing confusion in the trenches.

Charlie Thomas, Tre Swilling, and Pass Coverage

This was another very good game for the secondary, who allowed just 169 yards through the air. We saw lockdown coverage force check down throws or misreads by the QB. Cornerback Tre Swilling stayed sound in the secondary, while safeties Juanyeh Thomas and Tariq Carpenter played very well in coverage and on the blitz.

One big standout at the second level was outside linebacker Charlie Thomas. Thomas was generally solid in coverage and got in the backfield multiple times, causing 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. He is becoming an asset for the team. His skills should be helpful against The Citadel, where having a smart, rangy outside linebacker that can get into the backfield should allow Tech to make plays against the option.

The QB Wheel of Destiny

A lot of fans are undecided about the three QB rotation we are showing thus far. While having one QB that could do it all would be great, we saw flashes of excellence (and needed improvements) from all three candidates yesterday.

Lucas Johnson got the majority of the reps under center and did well in the short passing game. He often made the right calls and was very careful with the ball. He did fairly well in the option looks, but sometimes mad wrong reads.

James Graham was my favorite QB yesterday, showing his willingness to go downfield and do so accurately again. He showed some agility and an ability to make plays with his legs, escaping for a 15 yard run early in the 3rd quarter.

Tobias Oliver was a huge threat in our red zone offense, making things happen on the ground on the second touchdown drive. I also thought the option plays with Oliver at slot/running back were effective.

Moving forward, I hope to see more of Graham behind center with running back Jordan Mason and Oliver at skill positions. Their strengths play very well in this new spread system. Both are hard to track and tackle.

Discipline and Intensity

One of the biggest factors in this game was USF's lack of discipline, which led to a number of additional chances for Tech. Collins spoke to that during his postgame press conference, saying he was proud of the team for staying calm and avoiding distractions during the game. This is something we obviously hope to see going forward.

Collins also spoke to his "every play has a life of its own" mentality. Throughout the second half, there were momentum plays that went against Tech. Collins has coached the importance of playing in the moment and being aware and alert on every play, which proved vital when it came time for the goal line stand.

Discipline will be important next week against Citadel. Being in the moment, staying patient and reading keys will be crucial for this team to continue to execute on defense and for the team to improve to 2-1 on the season.

I have no problem saying it - I had high hopes that Tech could pull off a miracle at Clemson last night. This was a highly anticipated match up and I was just as ready as the team to put on a helmet and try my best against the top team in the country. While the scoreline may not show much, this Tech team already has their goals set high and can achieve them. With 11 games remaining until the postseason, the ceiling is yet to be determined for this team. Here's a few reasons why it could be higher than most believe.

Pass Coverage. Or more specifically, Tre Swilling

There is no doubt that Tre Swilling and our secondary had an amazing night against one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country. Holding Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence to 13/23 passing, 168 yards with one TD and two INTs is an impressive feat for any team in Death Valley. For reference, Lawrence only threw 4 INTs all of last year, and had 3 TDs and no INTs against Alabama in the national championship. Tre Swilling had one of the best reads on a play I've seen and almost took it the other way for the Jackets. The secondary looked complex, disguising coverages and causing a couple of errant plays by Lawrence. With only a few busted plays against the team dubbed as Wide Receiver U, it is encouraging what this secondary was able to do. Their ability is going to be a huge threat in every game going forward (except, of course, the Citadel which runs some weird offense with the triple option...).

Depth at Running Back

It should come as no surprise to any Tech fan that the position we have the most depth at currently is the running back spot. Jordan Mason looked explosive between the tackles and had a number of high effort plays, including an impressive fight into the end zone early on in the third quarter. Our O-Line provided a decent enough effort against a tough interior D-Line to create space for a couple of busted plays. What was possibly more impressive, though, is the effectiveness and threat of a run-pass option with Oliver at the helm. He had a number of great busted plays and broken tackles in the open field. With those two in the backfield, it should force teams to stack the box and open up our new passing game. The corollary is, can we make them pay? It was also good to see Jamious Griffin getting reps as a freshman in the system. The highly-regarded prospect will hopefully prove to be an effective weapon as he adapts to the college level of play.

Special Teams

Oh yeah, I love the special teams. As a former specialist myself, it was awesome to see what we looked like from the kicking side of the ball. First, Pressley Harvin is going to be a dominant weapon as possibly the best punter in the ACC. With an almost textbook punt hitting the top of the pylon, his accuracy seems to have improved. Harvin had an unthinkable 8 punts for 345 yards, averaging 43.1 yards a punt. His ability to flip a field will be crucial in games going forward. And of course, we know the skillset of Wesley Wells after his OT winner against UVA last year. He only had the opportunity for 2 PATs last night, but we know what he is capable of. Kickoff coverage looked fairly consistent for most of the night. While returns were fair at best, let's remember that Juanyeh Thomas is one of the most consistent players on this team. I personally think there was fair catch interference on that first return (the "one-yard rule" or NCAA Rule 6 Section 4 Article 1 part b), and therefore believe there is nothing to be worried about there.


After a long offseason of wondering, we finally have an idea of what our QB situation looks like, and it looks better than you might think. Tobias Oliver mastered the run-portion of the run-pass option (which should not shock anyone given his VT performance last year). James Graham looked poised under center and could be a passing threat for us this year. The timing on his throw to Ahmarean Brown's wheel route for a TD was a thing of beauty and a highlight-reel effort for the night. As we transition away from the option, expect to see Graham behind center a lot more. In my opinion, we had to do what we were comfortable with against a team like Clemson in our first match-up, which is why we relied so heavily on Oliver's legs to make plays last night. As the season moves on, expect to see a lot more of the shotgun-RPO.


This is one thing that I was relieved to see out of this team. Our guys look ready to fight for a win at any opportunity and showed it through effort on the field. This team took a huge emotional hit on the first punt of the game, yet the defense showed promise for much of the first half. In many cases, we were watching 4-5 yellow helmets swarm the ball and take the ball carrier down in the backfield. All of that against a talented O-Line and Heisman candidate RB no less. One play that stands out is Bruce Jordan-Swilling's effort against Etienne to finish a tackle and ultimately knock the ball out for the Jackets. The Jackets are consistently finding the ball and making form tackles to finish the play, something many of us complained about not too long ago. These guys came into Clemson against impossible odds and forced the reigning national champions to punt when the stadium was begging for a TD. That's something you like to see, and is a direct result of Coach Collins' and Coach Thacker's training on defense. Expect that to pay off for the Jackets in the form of wins down the road.

Coastal Up for Grabs

One thing that is a little more out of our control is how the ACC Coastal looks this year (TBD) and how we could come out on top and force a neutral-site rematch against Clemson. Miami is the only team that has played so far and played to a sloppy loss against Florida, allowing ten (10!) sacks, 16 TFLs, and a final QBR of just over 17. As for the rest of the Coastal, it is anyone's guess who comes home with the crown. Pre-season pick Virginia's primary argument is that they are returning QB Bryce Perkins. Two teams, UNC and Miami, are undergoing coaching changes. Duke hopes to not face the fate of so many doomed programs after taking on Alabama in their first game, while also hoping to find a suitable replacement for NFL preseason superstar Daniel Jones behind center. The Coastal is wide open for any team to take control and face Clemson (or a mini-miracle-worker) for the ACC title.

If the Jackets can lean on their strengths, there's a real chance we could see Clemson part 2 in Charlotte.