The pressure is on Georgia Tech and UGA with the junior prospects from state


Georgia Tech's Giff Smith

Georgia Tech's Giff Smith

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?

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March 8th, 2009
9:48 pm



March 8th, 2009
9:44 pm

I believe l.s.u. will still recruit well in ga.and why not
great place to go and play football with uga you have to wonder
With all that talent good coach’s would have won nc I love CMC as
Long as he is the coach UGA will be pretenders


February 13th, 2009
4:18 am

SEC Fan: Because Kiffin has said so many controversial things in such a short amount of time, it makes him seem like he has been at Tennessee a lot longer than two months. For Kiffin, recruiting Geathers has nothing to do with Tennessee. It’s all about finishing out UT’s 2009 class.

SEC fan

February 12th, 2009
5:23 pm

Michael, I understand Kwame Geathers visited UT yesterday 2/11. What is that all about? Kiffy trying to get even for UGA getting Marlon Brown?


February 10th, 2009
9:13 pm

Alec Ogletree will be the best player in the state. His twin brother Zander will be one of the most underrated players and will turnout like Rennie Curran. Alec has the size, the talent, and all of the intangibles. Zander has all but the size but plays with more heart than anybody on the field and can cover the whole field resembling Rennie Curran


February 10th, 2009
8:11 pm

Big time players play at big time schools, Tech’s not an elite program, and most kids grow up wanting to play for UGA in this state. In case y’all missed it in the last few years, Coach Richt has just one loss against this new found GT. Don’t count on number two coming no time soon.

The Fight Realtor

February 9th, 2009
9:01 pm

I’m looking at the list of Georgia’s latest catch of 5-star recruiting talent and already thinking of the missed tackles, penalties and boned-headed mistakes we get to endure over the next four years from these guys.

SEC fan

February 9th, 2009
8:37 am

Alabama and Tennessee are really going at it for 2010 commits in the state of Tenn.. UCLA and USC are also really after it and getting commits in Cal.. Fla. working hard in Fla along with some other states. Several big schools looking at Ga recruits but apparently no offers yet from UGA. Since UGA seems to do a good job of hanging on to a recruit once they commit, seems they need to get on it with some of the highly rated Ga kids. Then again, Richt has proven he certainly knows what he is doing as far as getting good recruits. Would like to see UGA and Tech lock up the Ga kids though.