It’s one thing to sign a heralded recruiting class. It’s another to see if they all make it through college admissions to football practice in the summer.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson feels really good about his 21 recruits, led by Flowery Branch’s Izaan Cross. ”As long as everybody finishes with the grades they have now, I think everybody is good,” Johnson said last week. “As long as they maintain in school what they have and get there. It’s a sliding scale with test scores and GPAs, as far as NCAA qualifiers go. If everybody we have stays with what they have, then we should be OK.”
UGA wrapped up its 2009 class with recruit No. 20, tight end Orson Charles of Tampa. At least six Georgia recruits have told reporters over the last few months that they were “close to meeting college entrance requirements,” with the biggest names being ECI teammates Washaun Ealey and Dexter Moody, along with defensive end Montez Robinson of Avon, Ind.
Georgia coach Mark Richt talked about his team’s academic standing on signing day. “Technically, no one is qualified until they graduate from high school. When we sign these young men, we have every intention of them making it.”
“Every once in a while, a guy has to go the prep-school route … but I don’t foresee that [with any of our recruits] right now. We feel like everyone has an outstanding shot of qualifying and being with us next year.”
With national team rankings for the 2009 recruiting classes, Rivals has Georgia at No. 6 and Georgia Tech at No. 49. With Scout, Georgia is ranked No. 4 and Georgia Tech is at No. 32.