Son, would you like to run the veer?
Johnson has relied on the triple-option offense for a quarter-century, since his days as the offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern. It’s an effective system. But recruiting can be a challenge, especially because so many high school football teams run the spread. Georgia Tech recruits a number of quarterbacks and running backs to execute the offense, which features a powerful B back, who lines up behind the under-center quarterback, and two lighter and more explosive A (or wing) backs.
The offensive linemen also must be fast and nimble, and they’re often smaller (but quicker) than typical Division I linemen. The most difficult position to recruit is wide receiver — players who do much more downfield blocking than they do leaping in the air for highlight catches. Johnson and his coaches signed an 18-player recruiting class in February, and none of the recruits was listed as a receiver.