Georgia State not afraid to recruit against the big boys

Georgia State coach Bill Curry (AJC)

Georgia State coach Bill Curry (AJC)

Many FCS schools (formerly NCAA Div. I-AA) are a little slower on therecruiting trail with extending college football scholarship offers.

Why? The theory is that they want the big boys of FBS (Div. I-A) to pick their guys first to avoid wasting the time and effort to recruit the same kids. There’s also the concern that by offering early, the FBS school might put a kid on the recruiting radar that might not otherwise be there.

What about Georgia State? What is their preferred method? Coach Bill Curry said he is recruiting with the same aggressiveness as he did when he coached at Georgia Tech and Alabama.

“Here’s what we know for sure – if we don’t get after them early, we’re dead … period,” Curry said. “”Let’s say we go after a kid and help a young man become ‘recruitable’ because we study his grades, look at his transcript and make sure he’s in the courses that would allow him to qualify at Georgia State.

“If we do that, and somebody else comes along and takes him away from us … well, that’s always a possibility. But if we had not done the work in the beginning, we would’ve never been in the ballgame for the kid.

“We don’t have a choice. We have to go early after kids. We have to take that chance.”

Georgia State expects to sign between 15-20 recruits in February.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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G'Vegas Dawg

December 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

Football Fanatic

December 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Wait, wait, wait wait? Georgia State is starting football? At the Division One level? Huh. Thats cool. They should schedule some NAIA games early. You know, some automatic wins and ease into competitive football. With all those big time recruits and a winable schedule loaded with NAIA and maybe some new programs like themselves like ODU, SBAMA and UTSA, GSU should be good.

This article matters.

December 13th, 2011
3:41 pm

<———————————– Sarcasm.

a typical GASTATE fan

December 13th, 2011
3:44 pm

Don’t waste your time CBC. We play in Atlanta. Recruiting takes care of itself. Only question now is SEC or NFC South. Me and the twelve other fans don’t sweat the small stuff. Like wins.

Who Cares

December 13th, 2011
3:51 pm

GSUBB

December 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

I care. Thanks for keeping up with GSU recruiting and reporting on it.

panama

December 13th, 2011
4:17 pm

17 commits so far and more to come. #killing it!
http://georgiastate.scout.com/a.z?s=241&p=9&c=8&yr=2012

Here…we…COME

J-GSU

December 13th, 2011
4:23 pm

Thanks for the article. Looks like GSU is beating out some of the FBS schools on these recruits too.

Pilfer Dawg

December 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

maybe they are J-

Anon

December 13th, 2011
4:42 pm

They could probably take some recruits from Georgia Tech.

Walker, Texas Ranger

December 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

This Ariticle Matters <—————————— Clever LOL

Pilfer Dawg

December 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

I dont’ know that I would say they are killing it.

go dawgs

December 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

they’ll never be on georgia southern’s level… how about the AJC start writing stories about the second best college football team in georgia…. georgia southern is on the way to their SEVENTH national title this year, and they scored more point against bama then any team this year. and what about georgia’s recruiting weekend?????

go dawgs

December 13th, 2011
5:00 pm

oh and by the way georgia southern is the one and only GSU

gsu01

December 13th, 2011
5:02 pm

Great stuff! Thanks MC!

Paddy

December 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

go dawgs…….the ajc is not going to go heavy covering Ga Southern. That part of the state has not gotten the paper in years. No ad revenue = no coverage! Economics 101.

Jason

December 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

Why would they want to get the AJC? Most people I know are pretty sick of their biased and always flip-flopping reporting and have cancelled their subscriptions a while ago. Georgia Southern University runs their option style offense better than Tech and GT even has GSU’s old coach. Look at the Alabama game GSU the real GSU not ga state

Vinny Ocean

December 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

Bring Chip Towers back to recruiting. This blog has sucked since he left. No ten @ ten and a lot less content.

5150 UOAD

December 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

go dawgs and the only Real Bulldogs are Yale Founded in 1701, UGa Founded in 1785.

Jason

December 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

No disrespect meant for MC. I enjoy reading your updates about recruiting. Other writers
Enjoy making snide remarks about UGA and Georgia Southern. What did the GT grad say to the Business grad from UGA?…morning boss thanks for picking up my contract this year.

zulucanibal

December 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

seems like somebody forgot that UGA had huge recruiting weekend…I guess it was top secert because I havent seen any report about it…did see one about a kicker going to Alabama….YAWN.

GStateBen

December 13th, 2011
5:26 pm

Thanks Michael!

This class is the best yet. Doubt us if you want to. Tell your AD to schedule us Southern fans.

Vinny Ocean

December 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

Luckily I have a subscription to rivals b/c Georgia’s biggest recruiting weekend all year was this past weekend and the two latest posts are about ga state recruiting and a kicker?… Charlie Weis was just hired on at Kansas and Mike Davis recently reopened his recruitment b/c of something he said would eventually come out. No article or follow up on that?

GagStateBenji

December 13th, 2011
5:37 pm

@GStateBen – i hope this is the best class yet…….how did those other recruiting classes work out for you so far? How about you worry about making the playoffs and then we’ll worry about playing you guys. Our coach wasn’t the one that said he saw no point in the in-state rivalry……that sounds like chicken sh1t to me.

AgentOrange

December 13th, 2011
5:56 pm

GSU football rules.

north ga dawg

December 13th, 2011
6:05 pm

I agree where is the story on ugas recruiting weekend I don’t mind the coverage of other stuff but let us know who was there what they thought what are the chances of landing some of them at least chip was on top of things with the 10@10 player interviews and such give us something

GStateBen

December 13th, 2011
6:12 pm

Rivals.com List: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/recruit-search-results

First three classes went pretty well. You cannot predict injuries or disciplinary issues in those who have never been trouble (don’t believe me, go read a great piece in The Signal about QB Kelton Hill: http://www.gsusignal.com/sports/to-hill-and-back-kelton-hill-s-season-of-redemption-1.2680569).

BTW, you’re right. We’ll never be Southern. Nor do we want to be. We have goals that Georgia Southern fans can only dream of. You can take your $11 million budget and sit at the FCS level. Going to be a rough few months for you and your chest beating brethren.

itsmeagain

December 13th, 2011
6:13 pm

Georgia State (GSU) picking up some real talent. After some time we should become the team we all know we will be. As for the trolls, keep on trolling

5150 UOAD

December 13th, 2011
6:29 pm

kevin you are right UGa is a joke! Who cares what moron was the latest to say Woof Woof over the weekend.

5150 UOAD

December 13th, 2011
6:30 pm

Kev.did UGa get a few more accounting recruits?

ajg-marietta

December 13th, 2011
6:32 pm

Great article. Thanks, Michael!

Kevin

December 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

Wrong dude, another Kevin but I’ll bite the bait. GT sucks and “We RUN this state”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5150 UOAD

December 13th, 2011
6:41 pm

not the same Kev from the other night? sorry.
You run this state? Well i see Roy Barnes, Sonny Perdue, and Nate Deal have done great things Running this State into the ground. I would be proud if I was a dawg too.

Hammer22

December 13th, 2011
6:49 pm

Great article. I appreciate the support. Keep the Georgia State articles coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dumb story

December 13th, 2011
6:52 pm

GSUUSOCCER

December 13th, 2011
7:01 pm

Michael,

Thanks for the write up and keeping us informed with what is going on at GSU Football! The Panther Nation appreciates it!

dd

December 13th, 2011
7:04 pm

I’m a big time Dawg, but I’d like to see Ga State do well.

These folks that say “who cares” are just folks that are insecure.

5150 UOAD

December 13th, 2011
7:05 pm

Can’t wait until Kennesaw State gets football and all the mutts whine about not enough time being spent on UGa recruiting. The AtlantaJC is in Atlanta so Ga State and Kennesaw St. are closer than Athens. Read the Red & Black or the Banner.

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Ha

December 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

4 two stars and a bunch of nobodies and these guys are acting as if they are about to set the world on fire. Quality > quantity.

Ghost Of Erk

December 13th, 2011
7:48 pm

Best football team in Georgia?

Georgia Southern Eagles

GATA!

Kevin

December 13th, 2011
7:50 pm

I can’t wait until Kennesaw St. gets a football team so UGA will finally have some in-state competition. Good luck GSU with recruits. It’s only a matter of time until you guys start plucking the recruits away from NERDVILLE!!

WaycrossWizard

December 13th, 2011
7:53 pm

Thanks for the update! Love seeing Georgia State related articles. Can’t understand the insecurity from some on here. I hope we hear even MORE good news about GSU’s status and all it’s programs in the weeks ahead.

erkseagle

December 13th, 2011
8:11 pm

I clicked on this thinking it was about Ga Southern. The ajc may not sell papers across Ga anymore but there are a ton of Ga Southern fans in the ATL area. Dang.

Scott Hall

December 13th, 2011
8:18 pm

Georgia Southern? LOL

No matter what they do they still won’t sit at the big kids table :(

Stateside

December 13th, 2011
8:21 pm

Love seeing the Panthers coverage here. Those of us who are already on the wagon are going to be quite proud to have weathered the trollage in a few years.

Also, the “real GSU” thing is getting kind of tired. I wish good luck to the Eagles this weekend, but c’mon, are initials really worth moaning about?

Truth Hurts

December 13th, 2011
8:50 pm

The truth about GSU:
Georgia State College becomes Georgia State University (GSU) in 1969.
Georgia Southern College becomes Georgia Southern University (GSU) in 1990.

Sluggo

December 13th, 2011
8:57 pm

Looking forward to the Ga State/Ga Southern basketball game in a couple of weeks.

pantheralum

December 13th, 2011
9:00 pm

Great article thanks for the update. To all the haters just wait, we will be a very different program in a few years and many of you will be glad we are providing another sports alternative in Atlanta. Oh and big shout out to the GSU BB team. Off to a great start I feel a tournament bid coming soon.

GoEAGLES

December 13th, 2011
9:05 pm

Thanks Go Dawgs GSU is Georgia Southern University and we are playing North Dakota State this weekend (even though the AJC doesnt care) for the oppty to play in the National Championship which is determined by a playoff System!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which is as all National championships should be determined.