Georgia Tech may have smaller recruiting class for 2013

RBs are a recruiting priority for 2013 for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (AJC photo)

RBs are a recruiting priority for 2013 for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (AJC photo)

Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class may turn out to be the smallest since Paul Johnson has been the coach at the ACC school.

The Yellow Jackets project to sign around 14-15 football recruits next February, according to Johnson.

Why such a low number? Georgia Tech has a small class of rising seniors, and the Yellow Jackets traditionally have lower percentages of player attrition than many other colleges in the Southeast.

How will a smaller class affect Georgia Tech’s recruiting strategy?

“It will probably make us more selective,” Johnson told the AJC. “You have to be more selective. But that’s kind of what it has been like at Georgia Tech for the last couple of years. The following year [in 2014], we’ll probably have a bigger class. That’s when we’ll start to have larger senior classes.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever get close to 25 signees like some of the other schools because we try not to over-sign. We try to hit our number.”

This is important: What is Georgia Tech’s biggest need for 2013?

“We’re always looking for good players,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if we’re really targeting one position more than others. I know we’re going to take a couple of running backs in this next class because we didn’t take many this last time.”

Georgia Tech only signed one RB last year but it was a good one – Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla., who picked the Yellow Jackets over Florida State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Nebraska. However, there are other 2012 signees that could end up at running back.

Lovejoy RB Travis Custis was offered by Georgia Tech last week (AJC)

Lovejoy RB Travis Custis was offered by Georgia Tech last week (AJC)

Georgia Tech has offered seven running backs for 2013, including four from the state of Georgia, according to Rivals.com. The four in-state backs are Milton’s Peyton Barber, Lovejoy’s Travis Custis, Grayson’s Wayne Gallman and Camden County’s JJ Green.

Here are the number of recruits signed by Georgia Tech since Johnson has been coach: 17 last month, 23 in 2011, 19 in 2010, 21 in 2009 and 20 in 2008.

Meanwhile, UGA could sign as many as 30 next year, according to ESPN’s Kipp Adams. There’s a 25-man limit or “soft cap” in the SEC, but member schools can get around that with early enrollees — which count toward the previous year’s recruiting class. UGA has eight commitments for 2013, and at least seven are considering enrolling early with the Bulldogs, according to Adams.

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between the hedges

March 16th, 2012
1:30 am

Who in their right mind would go to tech? Athens is the place to be.

Go DAWGS!

Josh

March 16th, 2012
1:45 am

Tech may have several players go to the NFL draft as well…

Atlanta Insight Blog: http://atlinsight.com

Reality

March 16th, 2012
2:11 am

Josh, just because you’re a fan of the Cracktown Trade School doesn’t mean you have to smoke the stuff. Tech is doing good to put one guy a year in to the NFL. Good luck to Turkey Neck, it’s tough to recruit head to head with Georgia Southern and Tennessee State. Some how, a guy recruited by UAB is an academic genius if he chooses Tech? Right? Because we all know the academic prowess of Tech athletes. Ask Reggie Ball and Joe Hamilton. Those pesky NCAA APR scores don’t mean anything…

Josh

March 16th, 2012
2:14 am

Reality, the reality is Tech is averaging 8-9 wins a season, instead of 7 with a Chan Gailey type guy. It is what it is, no we probably won’t be a football power like UGA…regardless of the situation, but I like what we have done under CPJ, a lot of Tech folks compain but Tech at 9 W’s a year may be as good as it will ever get…under any head coach.

Mountain Dawg

March 16th, 2012
2:14 am

Being more ’selective’ is just Moobs’ way of saying he can’t recruit and that he is in way over his head.

Josh

March 16th, 2012
2:24 am

It’s kind of annoying when people say Tech sucks at recruiting, and it may be true to a certain extent…but what guys do we need to get? We aren’t going to land a big WR, 30 carry 5-star RB, TE, Big OL, etc. because (A) they won’t be utilized to be showcased for the next level and (B) we run a different offensive system that doesn’t require all these big time “rivals” recruits, what are we gonna do with a 6′6′ 300 lb O lineman? or a highly rated pocket QB? nada….so I think the recruiting is over scrutinized for GT…

city slicker

March 16th, 2012
2:51 am

since when did UGA become a football power outside of the south east aint nobody heard of yall

Stinger2

March 16th, 2012
4:07 am

Can someone explain why GT will not sign many recruits because they have so many rising seniors. What does it matter? If scholarships are available and he can find good players why not sign them?

Mountain Dawg

March 16th, 2012
5:28 am

Today’s great hight school players want to go to schools that utilize pro-style offenses that enable them to use their talents, rather than a school that uses the option. As a result, for instance, Tech will never get a truly great QB as long as they run the option. Plain and simple. Why is that so hard to understand? Well, I, for one, hope you never figure it out! Go Dawgs!

gtfanfrom1951

March 16th, 2012
5:44 am

Between the hedges
Someone who goes to college to get an education. Someone who does not go to party but to get an education. That’s why you go to college or are you one of those who did not finish college. The main college offenses of today all run the option in some form. It must be hard for some fans to see this but it true.

Destin Dawg

March 16th, 2012
6:25 am

who would want to live in the metro for 4 years… crime… drugs… muggings… afraid to come out at night.. no women ???

Ronald

March 16th, 2012
6:57 am

Who would want to go to Redneckville Athens ??? Whooo hopoo let’s drink with the athletes and get thrown in jail. Athens isn’t a Utopia either Destin. But by all means, keep on hatin. Atlanta has a ton more things to do than Cow College.THWG!

Reality bytes

March 16th, 2012
7:01 am

Hey Reality, you obviously don’t know who Roddy Jones is. You should. He’s the one he ran all over your Sanford and Son Stadium. Not only that, but one of the best student athletes you will ever meet. Yea, please throw in 2 bad eggs from Tech. You guys will always bring that up, go right ahead. But they pale in comparison to the Thugs at the Cow College. Tech will always dominate you in Academics. Idioit!

Ramblin Man

March 16th, 2012
7:08 am

Wow the trolls are out early. GT has QBs on board that may surprise many. Destin I hope you are kidding. UGA has more crime per capita than GT. Yes most kids coming out of high school have NFL dreams, but some realize a backup plan is a good idea and the degree from GT and the contacts made will set them up for life. Thanks for not working and waiting by your computer for GT news.

Bandwagon Bammer

March 16th, 2012
7:11 am

Ronald is right. There is tons of things to do in Atlanta. You can be raped, robbed, beaten, shot, murdered…… so much to do.

Big Ol Stinger

March 16th, 2012
7:18 am

Yeah Destin ’cause everyone knows there’s no crime, drugs or muggings in Athens.

True though, in Athens there’s no shortage of drunk white sorority girls looking for someone else besides Daddy to take care of them the rest of their lives after they get that “Interior Design” degree.

You’re right, you should be afraid to come to the big city, bad things could happen.

Better stay in the redneck Riviera, ride go karts and play mini golf.

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Dap01

March 16th, 2012
7:36 am

Has anyone been mugged on campus yet today?

Alex

March 16th, 2012
7:37 am

uga is a power in football? gee i thought powers actually played in national champ games. how long has it been? 31 years. yeah silly to go to tech and get a great education. more better to go to uga and get arrested for smacking your girlfriend or smoking a pound of weed.

footballfan365

March 16th, 2012
7:40 am

Ramblin man who are these kids that take advantage of their tech degree? 43% graduation rate is nothing to brag about. I know tech fans are going to spin this a million ways but the numbers dont lie. Call me troll or whatever makes you feel good but you cant escape the fact that being in The bottom 3 in the acc in graduating players is not impressive at all.

EagleDawg

March 16th, 2012
8:02 am

i love how the recuriting talk goes straight to academics…..were talking about football not book smarts…yalls football team blows

tech fan

March 16th, 2012
8:06 am

here’s a kid that wants to play for tech http://youtu.be/QDOq_r03PGQ

Gorilla Biscuit

March 16th, 2012
8:10 am

Is Coach Fishfry trying to prepare the Tech faithful for a poor recruiting effort this year? Zero recruits so far. If he waits much longer he’ll be rummaging through the crumbs left in the bowl and growling at Wofford, Elon, and MTSU.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 16th, 2012
8:12 am

“more better”? Great education.

D

March 16th, 2012
8:19 am

Tech signs less each year because Tech does not trim the roster of players that did not pan out.

25+25+25+25+25 = 125 >> 85 scholarship limit

If you redshirt and play each student the full eligibility (and most will then graduate with degrees), then you could sign at most 17 each year.

Football factories do not sign students, they exclusively sign athletes (with the exception of the obvious few scholarly individuals). Tech is primarily a research institute, not an NFL training camp that is free to cut the individuals that do not pan out. Our concern is first with the education of the individual not revoking scholarships to make our football team better.

yellowjacket

March 16th, 2012
8:19 am

nice highlights maybe red shirt a year and be ready after that

D

March 16th, 2012
8:21 am

*”Our concern is first with the education of the individual, not revoking scholarships to make our football team better.”

–Added coma…

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Bob Horner and Biff Pocoroba

March 16th, 2012
8:24 am

Biff and I have offered to take over this wretched program, abandon the high school offense and fire the washed up defensive coordinator……13 or 14 two star recruits that pick Tech over Tennesse State, Western Carolina and Wofford ain’t gonna cut it……

Jacket Man

March 16th, 2012
8:29 am

Good grief. More dawg trolls on here than Jacket fans and we’re actually having to waste our time as they’re drawn back into the black hole. Who cares what anyone else’s recruiting class looks like? Who cares what anyone thinks about Tech’s recruiting class needs are except our coaches? They never go by the recruiting services.

By the way, the so called unbiased recruiting services often times rank the players based on interest of schools by their member subscriptions. So if UGA and Alabama have a huge number of subscribers to their service as compared to GA Tech, and a player is more interested in playing at one of these schools than with the Jackets, then almost always he will be ranked higher than the GA Tech recruit, even if the statistics should dictate otherwise.

In fact, if you go back at the end of the 3-4 years the players have been on campus and then re-rank them, you often-times will see dramatic differences, even in players drafted into the NFL. This is one of the reasons Paul Johnson ignores these services. He knows the types of players he wants for his program; athletically, academically, and as far as being good citizens.

Jon Koncak

March 16th, 2012
8:36 am

I would be happy to jump in with Bob and Biff and coach up the nonexistent special teams. I’ll also hand out the bullet proof jackets and pepper spray to recruits in case they are attacked while visiting the campus.

Ramblin Man

March 16th, 2012
8:38 am

Footballfan, take those numbers with a grain of salt and educate yourself. I did not say GT graduated 100% of it’s players, but the ones that do get thier reward. CPJ sets these kids up with internships and we have had kids leave early for jobs making 6 figures. That graduation rate is also from Gailey who tried to recruit players that were not really ready for a school like GT. I would also add that many schools out there with high APRs and grad rates have not necessarily helped thier kids for life outside of school.
Gorilla GT not having recruits in March is not out of the norm, but thanks for the concern.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 16th, 2012
8:38 am

I ATL you can have a crime committed against you buy the local criminals. In Athens the students ARE the Criminals. Girl Dealing Drugs from her dorm room. Football players beating up women. DUI, MIP, and driving without a license is rampant. Hash Browns in your underwear. Smoking Dope. Stealing from your teammates. Daddy’s Lil Girl need some help with college costs and look what the girls in Athens are doing http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16924927/uga-gsu-students-top-list-of-growing-clients-on-sugar-daddy-dating-site

tech alum

March 16th, 2012
8:40 am

George Stein

March 16th, 2012
8:44 am

Sheesh. I hope you trolls have not and/or will not reproduce.

Paul in NH

March 16th, 2012
8:50 am

Mountain Dawg

March 16th, 2012
5:28 am
Today’s great hight school players want to go to schools that utilize pro-style offenses that enable them to use their talents, rather than a school that uses the option
——–
Cam Newton was the #1 player in the 2011 draft and he played as an option QB at Auburn.

Bama...

March 16th, 2012
8:51 am

…a place where everything gets swept under the rug.

George Stein

March 16th, 2012
8:54 am

Robert Griffin didn’t play in a pro set at Baylor, either.

FL Jacket

March 16th, 2012
8:55 am

I’ll just point out that Dwag fans love to claim how we’re the only ones who troll…not them.

Pay attention parents…very little attrition, a commitment for the student athlete to get a competetive degree, a recent history of putting really good football players into the NFL, a competitive football team, a history of job offers for recent Tech SAs, a city with the 4th highest number of Fortune 500 company HQ located there.

Why WOULDN’T YOU want your kid to go to Georgia Tech?

Buzzzed

March 16th, 2012
8:55 am

nice highlights tech fan, but at 5′ 10″ he better be able to run a la Joey H.

Tdawg

March 16th, 2012
8:59 am

Ronald there are more people in jail in Atlanta than there are people in Athens so you may want to leave the little jab off the books plus I don’t recall any dawg player’s being mugged. The Tech kids drink and party as much as the UGA kids, they’re just in a town that is so full of crime. Shoot drunks are the least of Atlantas problems, what with the law’s hand’s full just trying to catch the murder’s, rapitst, drug dealers, prostitutes and pimps and all. Crap all the Athen’s police has to do is try and catch a kid every now and then drinking and if that is a UGA athlete then you just made their day. That’s huge news in Athens. With all being said don’t let my user name fool you. I am a big Tech fan also. Heck I root for any team that represents the state of Georgia. I’ve just been a dawg fan sense forever. To say that the UGA has a drinking problem and that no other school has that problem just goes to show that you never set foot on a college campus. If you did go to college then you dang well know that this proble is at ever single school. Some college town law enforcement people just look the other way when they see a drunk kid riding down the road or will simply call their coach or escort them back to their dorms. The cops in Athens. Well like I said. When they catch one of these kids they get their jollies off by telling the whole world that they just busted a UGA athlete.

coach

March 16th, 2012
9:03 am

If CPJ had CMR talent he’d win the ACC every! If CMR could coach like CPJ he’d win the SEC east every year! Oh well one can always imagine.

FL Jacket

March 16th, 2012
9:03 am

I’d be offering JJ Green as a CB…his first step and closing speed is ridiculous. Very good instincts.

Paul in NH

March 16th, 2012
9:04 am

I am pretty sure that there is no drinking problem at BYU

KeepDreaming

March 16th, 2012
9:04 am

Bwhahahahaha. The terms ’selective’ and ‘Georgia Tech’ definitely dont belong in the same sentence.

FL Jacket

March 16th, 2012
9:05 am

Good point coach…

People love to talk about “Chan Gailey’s players”. CPJ has win more with Gailey’s players than Gailey won with Gailey’s players. And I guarantee he’d do the same with CMR’s players.

Tdawg

March 16th, 2012
9:07 am

George Stein please tell me that you are not trying to compare the Baylor and Ga Tech offensesive schemes. They are a different as day and night. While Baylors QB will run, it is mostly by choice or necessity. GaTech’s QB mostly run by design. The Baylor QB will pass more in 2 or 3 games that the GaTech QB will pass in the whole dang season. Maybe Baylor doesn’t have a pro-style O, but it is pretty darn close.

George Stein

March 16th, 2012
9:07 am

“Ronald there are more people in jail in Atlanta than there are people in Athens”

This is why some Tech people make fun of some UGA people.

George Stein

March 16th, 2012
9:08 am

No, Tdawg, no college offense is close to an NFL offense. Just because you line up in an I formation does not make it a pro offense.

This is not difficult stuff.

FL Jacket

March 16th, 2012
9:09 am

TDwag…

The cops generally let kids pass on underage drinking. The don’t (and should never) let them pass on DUI, domestic battery, or theft. Nice victim mentality to assume the cops in Athens have it out for UGA players.