Speaking at a news conference Friday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made clear his thoughts on oversigning in recruiting, a topic that has gained buzz this week because of Alabama’s pulling a scholarship offer for 2012 from North Atlanta High running back Justin Taylor.
Johnson is not in favor of it, a stance he has taken in the past. The matter came up when he decried the practice of high school prospects committing to a school but then continuing to fish for better scholarship offers. He made an analogy to illustrate his opinion.
“That’s like (if) we go out there, we’ve got 15 commitments and we just keep recruiting over the top of them,” Johnson said. “Now, people do that, but not many. And then they just come back and they tell ‘em, ‘Hey, sorry, you’ll have to come next year. You’ll have to come in the spring. We found somebody better than you. We oversigned.’ That’s wrong. And it’s wrong on both sides. It’s just wrong.”
Taylor committed to Alabama last February, becoming the seventh player in the Crimson Tide’s 2012 class. However, Taylor missed his senior season with a knee injury and Alabama has taken 27 commitments, two over the limit. In an interview with the Journal-Constitution, Taylor said Alabama coach Nick Saban told him Alabama couldn’t sign him because the 25-player class was full, and instead offered him a signed piece of paper guaranteeing him a spot in the 2013 class. Taylor is reportedly considering other options.