Generally, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets aren’t exactly the type of program that have people in awe at their big-splash recruiting. That’s because they normally don’t make a noteworthy splash in February with their signings. However, this past February was a little different. The signing of highly recruited, four-star running back Travis Custis had people talking around Atlanta, and with good reason.
One of the more coveted backs in the state of Georgia, Custis stayed true to his 10-month commitment to head coach Paul Johnson and crew, despite picking up numerous offers along the way. Once he signed that LOI paper, Johnson may have locked in the game-breaking running back that could eventually push that vaunted, unorthodox triple-option offense over the edge.
That’s exactly why Johnson should not redshirt the young man, and get him on the field to showcase his talents immediately.
With the Jackets having to transition to Vad Lee manning the quarterback position, they’ll need all the help they can get. During the spring game, while he was certainly the most impressive of the three QBs that saw action, it wasn’t an overall awe-inspiring performance. He’s going to need as many options as he can get so he has more room to work. Custis can fill that position in a big way.
The Jackets have seniors David Sims and Zach Laskey–who combined for over 1,300 yards last season–returning, but adding Custis to the rushing mix would provide a dangerous three-headed monster that ACC defenses would have to deal with. Plus, putting him in the backfield with two experienced backs such as Sims and Laskey can only help him overcome any type of on-the-field growing pains.
Custis has exceptional skills breaking on a dime, catching the ball out of the backfield, and, even for someone of his stature, is incredibly hard to bring down on an initial hit. The blocking aspect, while not terrible, will come with time. There’s no doubt that something special can be in the future of this talented individual, which means something special for the Yellow Jackets.
Johnson’s triple-option offense is fueled by just that–options. While Laskey and Sims bring those combined 1,300 yards back this year, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone as an option on the field with the potential to rush for 1,300 yards, on his own?