Crossing over into a that’s territory off my beat, but appropriate to my beat, I ran across this question to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson while listening to tape from the past few weeks: Has winning the ACC improved your recruiting, compared to two years ago?
“I’ve never seen a problem recruiting anyway. That’s another myth everyone wants to perpetuate. Occasionally, you’ll have a guy who is more concerned about their own individual deal or being highlighted. It’s my experience through the years, if the guy is that concerned about that I’m not real sure you want them, if they are going to be bigger than the team right from the beginning.
“If you’ll look, we’ve had people drafted and play in the NFL at every position, except for quarterback. Through the years we’ve had guys. …Tracy Ham had a choice between the NFL and CFL and he went up there and was the MVP two or three times and won some Grey Cups. … We’ve not had a NFL quarterback, but other than that there’s not a position we haven’t had in the NFL.”
Has a higher success level caused more people to notice?
“I haven’t seen a notable difference. When I first got there, we didn’t have guys turning us away then. Certain guys fit certain schools. We recruit a lot in state. Our primary rival in recruiting is probably the University of Georgia. It’s very different than Georgia Tech. Different location, Different school. … No one is going to confuse Georgia Tech with Georgia as being the same. Some guys are going to like the school in town that’s more technical and some guys are going to like the school that’s not in town. You’ve got the same difference with Clemson or whoever you are recruiting against.
“Hopefully our football program has enough perception out there to carry it from an exposure standpoint and what we’ve accomplished that recruits think they can do whatever they need to do to be successful.”
The Jackets have nine commitments for the 2011 signing class, six from within the state. They await word on Vad Lee, a highly-regarded QB from Durham, N.C. who is supposed to make his college decision known on Thursday.
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