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.
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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