Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has hinted that next year’s recruiting class may be entirely comprised of prospects from the state of Georgia. Thomasville safety Fred Holton is Georgia Tech’s second commitment, following in the footsteps of Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins.
“Georgia Tech is my dream school, I just wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way,” said Holton, who picked the Jackets over offers from Central Florida, Kansas State and Ole Miss. He also had emerging interest from Georgia and Clemson.
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“Coach Johnson was telling me I had a scholarship offer, and another safety had an offer. He has a minimum amount of scholarship offers, and he would rather me commit now than later. He said it wouldn’t be good for me to wait too long. Say I get injured at spring practice? That could be a reason for some colleges to drop me. If I went ahead and committed to Georgia Tech, then my scholarship would be there, even if I got injured .. [However], in the end, it was always going to be Georgia Tech, no matter what.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Holton said Tech was his top choice all along because of academics. He could’ve held out longer for more offers, but didn’t feel the need because he already had the scholarship letter he wanted.
Last month, Georgia Tech signed 14 in-state players, the largest haul since 1992. “The state is very important,” Johnson said. “We wanted to try to make an emphasis on that, and we have. There’s a chance we may take everybody in-state this year [with our 2010 scholarships]. We may take them all from Georgia.”
Georgia Tech expects to sign between 12-15 players next year, and already has two Georgia-based commitments. Said Johnson, ““We’re one of the two bigger in-state schools and we need to make sure that we are very thorough here. Now does that mean we won’t go outside? No. But if we are going outside of the state, those guys need to be remarkably better than the guys we can find in the state. As long as we can find guys with what we need academically in the state, there is no use to bypass them for somebody else.”