For better or worse, it would seem to be a mindset shared by a lot of prospects in the Southeast, and one that coaches at Tech (and other non-SEC schools) fight. According to the prospects’ Rivals pages, nine prospects chose Tech over SEC offers.
DT Kyle Henderson – Mississippi State, Missouri,
RB KirVonte Benson – Kentucky
LB Tyler Cooksey – Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M
DT Brentavious Glanton – Tennessee
RB Mikell Lands-Davis – Tennessee
LB Brant Mitchell – Mississippi State, Tennessee
WR Christian Philpott – Mississippi, Vanderbilt
LB/DE Anree Saint-Amour – Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee.
DB Dante Wigley – Mississippi State
As an aside, it’s an interesting coincidence that Tech coaches went up against counterparts from Mississippi State so often. As best I can tell, the results were something similar to the Orange Bowl. I found two Bulldogs commits who also had offers from Tech.
Lastly, if you put weight in recruiting rankings, Tech has done well compared to past years. According to Scout, Tech has six of the top 75 players:
S A.J. Gray, Washington County, No. 39
CB Dorian Walker, Mt. Paran Christian, No. 54
OL Will Bryan, Franklin County, No. 57
RB Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander, No. 69
WR Wide receiver Harland Howell, Wheeler, No. 70
DE/LB Anree Saint-Amour, North Gwinnett, No. 75
Scout put five in the top 75 in the state – Saint-Amour at No. 39, Gray at No. 40, Bryan at No. 43, Cooksey at No. 50 and Lands-Davis at No. 62. It compares favorably with recent classes in terms of top 75 in Georgia.
2013: 2 – Shamire Devine, Travis Custis
2012: 4 – Francis Kallon, Patrick Gamble, D.J. White, Micheal Summers
2011: 3 – Jabari Hunt-Days, Chris Milton, Broderick Snoddy
2010: 10 – Anthony Williams, Denzel McCoy, B.J. Bostic, Ryan Ayers, Isaiah Johnson, Charles Perkins, Fred Holton, Shawn Green, Synjyn Days, Morgan Bailey. (Interesting that among these 10, part of perhaps the most heralded in Johnson's tenure, at least prior to the 2015 class, it was very much a hit-and-miss group.)