What is Mark Richt’s sales pitch to recruits from the state of Georgia? What would Paul Johnson say if he had a few seconds in front of the top high school juniors? We asked both coaches.
This is a big year for recruiting both UGA and Georgia Tech within the state. This is one of the state’s strongest and most high-profile classes ever – with around 200 prospects expected to sign D1 football scholarships next February.
It’s only March, but already more than 110 of the state’s high school juniors have early scholarship offers. Georgia is also home to the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked prospects in the entire country by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports with Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (undecided) and Troup LB Reuben Foster (committed to Alabama), while Dooly County DE Montravius Adams (undecided) is creeping up in the Top 10 nationally.
What would Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson say if he had few seconds in front of local blue chippers?
“I think there are a lot of attractions to Georgia Tech,” Johnson told the AJC. “The biggest thing we try to sell is that you can get a world-class education and have a chance to play on the BCS level in a great city … so we feel like we can check every box.
“You certainly hope [top prospects from Georgia] would take a long hard look at Georgia Tech and what it has to offer.”
Georgia Tech is still waiting for its first commitment for 2013 recruiting class but there’s no reason to panic. The Yellow Jackets may have one of their smaller classes this year with 14-15 signees. Georgia Tech has a lower rate of attrition that many other ACC and neighboring schools.
Next up is UGA’s Mark Richt, and here’s what he would say to homegrown recruits:
“I would tell the [2013 kids from Georgia] that they are some of the greatest human resources we have in our state,” Richt told the AJC. “If everybody stays home, we’re going to win. And they will be blessed if they go to Georgia – not only for their 4-5 years in college but for the rest of their lives, in my opinion.”
“Most kids, when it’s all said and done, they want to come home. It’s great to have a degree from your in-state university.”
UGA is off to a torrid start with its 2013 class, reaching nine commitments after LB Johnny O’Neal pledged to the Bulldogs this past weekend. UGA could have one of its largest recruiting classes with as many as 30 signing next year. The SEC has a 25-man “soft cap” and any additional signees would be early enrollees, starting UGA in January and “back count” toward the 2012 class.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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