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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