And you thought all the recruiting fun ended for a while with last week’s signing day.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Behind the scenes, Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and his counterpart, Georgia Tech’s Giff Smith, are arguably under more pressure now.
January and February are THE most important months of the year for making inroads with the state’s top prospects for the following year. You know, Georgia’s top juniors, which will make up the 2010 recruiting classes for colleges. Both schools have sent out a flurry of early offers, and more will be on the way.
Now what we’re talking about here is UGA and Tech, with regards to high school prospects in Georgia (not other states). And we’re talking about the elite guys, the state’s top 10-20 juniors. If UGA and Tech really want them, they have a short “window of opportunity” to let it be clearly known before the intense invasion of out-of-state colleges begins later in the spring.
For example, last year UGA had five commitments from the state for 2009 by early February. However, Tucker’s Drayton Calhoun, who wanted to sign with Georgia, fell in love with LSU before UGA could finish its evaluation. He committed to LSU, and when Georgia later offered, he stuck by his original decision. You can’t win them all.
It’s a challenging situation for both UGA and Tech. Who do you offer early? Who do you hold off from offering early, yet say they are under “scholarship consideration” to buy more time to evaluate? Who do you try your darndest to get to commit early before the out-of-state invasion? And if you get a particular prospect committed early, are you sure you did it in a style where the kid “didn’t feel rushed” with his decision and maybe back out on the commitment later on?