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Unlike some Georgia Tech fans, Paul Johnson isn’t panicking over the fact that the Yellow Jackets have one commitment for their 2013 recruiting class.

“I don’t worry about it, I’m not too concerned,” Johnson told the AJC on Thursday. “If we get to October or November and we don’t have any commitments, then I will worry about it.”

“We know where we’re at in recruiting. I think we’re doing just fine. We’ll start to get some kids here in the next month or so. I’ve already had some kids tell me that they’re coming. They just don’t want to announce it yet.

“I’m not too worried about it.”

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson feels confident with the pace of the 2013 recruiting class (AJC)

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson feels confident with the pace of the 2013 recruiting class (AJC)

Actually, Georgia Tech is on nearly the same pace as last year when it had two commitments by May 1 and finished just fine with a class of 17 signees. For the 2013 class, Georgia Tech will likely only sign 14-15 recruits because of low roster attrition. They have to be extremely picky because of limited availability.

One major reason that some Georgia Tech supporters are panicking is because archrival UGA is off to a blistering start with 15 commitments for 2013. However, the Bulldogs also may have twice as many spots. They could sign as many as 30 recruits next February.

Now it’s YOUR TURN. What do you think? Panic or patience? Please post below.

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

April 27th, 2012
3:28 am

Does it really matter? The kids you are talking about probably don’t have ACT or SAT scores yet. Yhey haven’t passed 11th grade to become Seniors either.

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

April 27th, 2012
3:33 am

because archrival UGA is off to a blistering start with 15 commitments for 2013.

BECAUSE UGA had kids kicked off the team or transferred cause they suck or some other reason. UGA has LOST 30something scholarship players the last 2 years and that is not to the NFL or Graduation.

Crimson Crush

April 27th, 2012
3:41 am

I agree with SMART … if things don’t work out GT can simply fill out the roster with a few warm bodies from the in-house Star Trek club . What’s the difference ? :-)

Shane Timmons

April 27th, 2012
4:11 am

“Stephen Hill’s route tree at Georgia Tech was a cactus. A concern among some evaluators.” — ESPN’s Chris Sprow

Not exactly a selling point for GT to use on possible WR recruits.

Reality Bites Doesn't It?

April 27th, 2012
5:19 am

The state produces a lot of talent but when you limit yourself as a team with a gimmick offense and a porous defense combined with a record of giving back your once in a decade joke of a conference championship you better damn well be happy you found one sucker who committed through May…

Mountain Dawg

April 27th, 2012
6:15 am

Tech cannot sign any future mediocrities until some of the present mediocrities leave.

dawg4life

April 27th, 2012
6:30 am

A person smart enough to know wouldn’t run his trap about a team that owns them…. The fact of the matter is that the Tech program has been on a downward slide following CPJ’s first season. He won with the talent that Gailey brought in. On one side you have UGA, that has put the most players in the NFL over the last 10 season (57) out of the strongest conference in the country. On the other, you have Tech that runs a high school offense that maybe have 1 or 2 players go in the draft. There is a reason you guys have to pick up the sloppy seconds…. A person smart enough to know would, well… know this…

Jailyard Dwag.......

April 27th, 2012
6:36 am

We always win the NC in February with top ten recruiting class.Happens every year. Then we have to play a top twenty team in the fall and that ruins every thing. Why do we have to play a top twenty team ? That ain’t fair. C’mon Coach Pricht, you ain’t hugging them enough…..Or is it the coaching down that you do ??

ToeMeetsLeather

April 27th, 2012
6:42 am

It’s pretty much the same story every year. Fifty percent of D1 players don’t have the grades or ACT/SAT scores for TECH to even consider. Then fifty percent of the rest don’t have any interest in the limited degree possibilities at the Institute. We offer the other 25% of top recruits and have to wait and see if they get a better offer on a bigger stage. Then those kids have to decide if they want to get a meaningful degree or get used by the football factories. That process takes some time.

Ramblin Man

April 27th, 2012
7:02 am

No need to panic. We have been here before and will again.

Jerry Clower

April 27th, 2012
7:04 am

Haw! Tech people are nerds! Georgia people are stupid!

This never gets old! Haw!

slydog

April 27th, 2012
7:26 am

Patience, patience, patience. GT has only 15 schollys to give, so being selective is prudent. Plus, with the hard commit policy in place, it’s easier to fill this class out in the fall during most of these player’s senior seasons. GT will do just fine come February.

Road Scholar

April 27th, 2012
7:30 am

I saw that Georgia signed a player who is also a bail bondsman. That should come in handy!

Hal

April 27th, 2012
7:38 am

I just hope Tech has room for my 6′5″ 280lb grandson on the O Line. We will be at camp this July.

TechMate

April 27th, 2012
7:38 am

Tech will be fine. They are looking to address specific needs, I feel sure. That said, just like every school out there, they will get some and lose some.

While Tech may never compete year to year with the pure “football schools,” their student athletes will always do very well, especially in life, where it counts. It’s in the culture.

collegeballfan

April 27th, 2012
7:52 am

No one has a clue how Tech is doing or will do in recruiting. It is all speculation.

The only constant in recruiting is that very kid any school signs will be a kid that school offered.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
7:52 am

This Tech fan isn’t worried. The GT fans that might be worried are the old fuddie-duddies that have uGA neighbors. By the end of the Summer, several of the following players will be GT commits…

DE Naim Mustafaa
LB Davin Bellamy
WR Brandon Facyson
CB Darius Curry
OL Shamire Devine
OL Jeremi Hall
QB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (TN)
DT Darius Commissiong (DC)

Ogeechee Dawg

April 27th, 2012
8:00 am

Agree with TechMate – Jackets will be fine.

Also, I predict that they will have a pretty good team this year.

Regarding comments about their “gimmmick” offense – all offenses are “gimmicks”. The goal is to move the ball – possess the ball – and to score.
Was Auburns offense with Can Newton a “gimmick” offense?
Was Florida’s offense with Tim Tebo a “gimmick” offense?
Is Alabama’s run oriented offense a “gimmick” offense?
LSU plays option and runs right at you – and also throws out of these formations – is this a “gimmick” offense?

The answer is they all employ strategies to move the ball, possess the ball – and to score.

Our state has three nationally ranked schools of higher education – Two in the Public TOP 25 and one in the Private Top 20. We should be proud of this.

Whiskey Breath

April 27th, 2012
8:01 am

Hey recruits, if you want to be LOYAL to the state, go to Ga an underachieve. If you want to take care of your family, get into the NFL, and stay out of jail, you might want consider the University of Alabama.

Ogeechee Dawg

April 27th, 2012
8:03 am

Here is another way to look at it:

GT has only 14 or 15 more scholarships to offer.
UGA has only 14 or 15 more scholarships to offer.

UGA has just now caught up to to Tech!

Both schools are doing just fine – let’s move on!

GT Rich

April 27th, 2012
8:12 am

Stephen Hill may have slipped to Round 2 but that is still more WRs joining NFL rosters the past two years than UGA has: Hill, D. Thomas and Kevin Cone. Plus four backs: Nesbitt, Dwyer, Allen and Cox. How’s that for a gimmick offense?

DawginLex

April 27th, 2012
8:14 am

Or if you want to be fat, drunk, obnoxious and stupid, go hang out with whiskey Breath

Jim Grabasski

April 27th, 2012
8:15 am

GT recruiters…….Asleep at the wheel again.

DawginLex

April 27th, 2012
8:15 am

Rich

Last 2 years? Pretty selective huh?

AJ Green
Kris Durham
Mohammed Massoquoi

Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
8:20 am

As a GA Alum I have a question:

How can junior college player qualify to sign with GA and then even pass any courses. GA has raised the academic standards and yes they are much harder today than the past, so how can a junior college dummy pass courses at GA. Every kid, many very very smart say how hard GA is once they have transferred in, COULD ANYONE PLEASE HELP WITH WHAT KIND OF COURSES A THIRD YEAR FOOTBALL PLAYER FROM JR COLLEGE COULD BE TAKING TO REMAIN QUALIFIED ACADEMICALLY??? Also, GA is not offering the remedial courses that it once did, WHAT ARE THESE SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS FRESHMEN TAKING TO STAY QUALIFIED AND ELGIBLE???

OVER ALL QUESTION: Alot of men, 90%+ WHITE, ARE MAKING MILLIONS OFF THESE KIDS. The idea that a couple players out of thousands will make it to pro’s is not a good enough answer. Manipulating and misguiding these kids for FINANCIAL GAIN by so few should be seen as CRIMINAL.

75% plus of GA football signees are below academic standards and incappable of passing UGA courses and remaining in school, 1) What are the courses these kids are taking to stay elgible, 2) who are the professors or teachers of these courses, 3) who is the dean of the college these courses are offered under, 4) Adams, as a man hell bent on raising academic standards of GA allows this to continue — Adams is all about lining his POCKET and Politicians

JB

April 27th, 2012
8:26 am

My sources tell me Johnson is out of fish and hush puppy mix and the bus line that brings these boys out of the hills of Carolina where he likes to recruit is on strike. I wouldn’t worry. Mars Hill only has 3 commits….plenty of talent left.

JB

April 27th, 2012
8:28 am

game changer = activist….or occupier…..one in the same.

@Jailyard

April 27th, 2012
8:30 am

As a UGA fan, how I wish you were right, and we were getting top-ranked recruiting classes. Unfortunately for us, Richt is pulling in top ten classes, but not #1’s, and in the same conference Bama under Saban has 4 February NCs. Even so, now that the coaching staff has stabilized, look for the Dogs to be in the title hunt.

StingThemAll

April 27th, 2012
8:30 am

“dawg4life

April 27th, 2012
6:30 am
A person smart enough to know wouldn’t run his trap about a team that owns them…. The fact of the matter is that the Tech program has been on a downward slide following CPJ’s first season. He won with the talent that Gailey brought in. On one side you have UGA, that has put the most players in the NFL over the last 10 season (57) out of the strongest conference in the country. On the other, you have Tech that runs a high school offense that maybe have 1 or 2 players go in the draft. There is a reason you guys have to pick up the sloppy seconds…. A person smart enough to know would, well… know this…”"”"

dawg 4life,
A person smart enough to know would realize…..All this incredible talent that UGA possesses year in and year out with nothing to show for it but winning a weak SEC East and being embarrassed by Boise. Yeah….

BTW..who cares about conference???? Anyone who touts how awesome the conference is they are in is doing it because their team is not giving them anything to cheer about.

Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
8:34 am

Hal, a top 5 in the nation defensive lineman is playing at Collins Hill, will be class of 2014, is this the grandson you speak of?

Brett

April 27th, 2012
8:38 am

Game Changer:

Well sure it is hard for a junior college transfer to go to UGA. They have to go from the JC PE classes of “What shape is a basketball?” to such advance PE course work at UGA as “How many points is a 3 point shot worth?”.

That is a tough transition for many kids…

To Jailyard

April 27th, 2012
8:38 am

Would that it were so, that Richt was pulling #1 recruiting classes. He is getting top ten classes, but Bama has pulled 4 February NCs under Saban, and LSU and Florida are also recruiting at a high level. However, now that the coaching staff staff has stabilized, we should be in the title hunt.

Don’t be so pessimistic about playing top twenty teams. Expect the Dogs to take care of business this fall and enjoy the ride aboard the UGA train.

Paddy

April 27th, 2012
8:40 am

If CPJ is not worried, neither am I.
Go Dawgs

Wake up Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
8:43 am

Am in agreement with you that Adams needs to go. Otherwise, though, you just described what goes on at every major football school in the country.

JB

April 27th, 2012
8:44 am

Living in Atlanta is wonderful for the people being paid to tell you that. It’s a traffic jamming crime infested Hell hole. Tech sits right in the middle of it. Most of the student population at Tech from India will tell you, ” it’;s not to crowded, especially where I come from.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
8:47 am

“Living in Atlanta is wonderful for the people being paid to tell you that. It’s a traffic jamming crime infested Hell hole. Tech sits right in the middle of it. Most of the student population at Tech from India will tell you, ” it’;s not to crowded, especially where I come from.”

JB…

Cultural insensitivity aside…it must say something about a place that even though it is crowded people still want to live there.

Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
8:49 am

@ wakeup: I know it goes on at other schools, I am a GA ALUM, dont care about other schools and what they are doing with academics. Adams has got to raise the quality of athlete GA Football is recruiting, down right embarrasing.

DawginLex

April 27th, 2012
8:57 am

game changer

Still waiting on you to confess that I schooled you yesterday about Murray at Plant.

Murray came back and won the state title game yet you said “There was never a mention about Murray in the state championship year and all the credit goes to Ely.”

The article I pasted talks about Murray yet you only copied and pasted the parts about Ely.

Ely will never play at Alabama

Murray will be a 4 year starter at UGA

Why do facts bother you so much?

Jon Koncak

April 27th, 2012
9:00 am

High School offense, boorish head coach, retread defensive coordinator, crummy facilities, crummy conference = no recruits.

dawgfan

April 27th, 2012
9:06 am

Yeah, that’s the ticket. Georgia Tech is just being “selective” and nobody has made the requisite SAT/ACT scores yet. It has absolutely nothing to do with their 14-12 record over the past two seasons, their inability to beat Georgia, or their inability to win a bowl game. It has nothing to do with noon kickoffs in front of 40,000 people or the fact that half of their games aren’t even televised.

No, Georgia Tech is just being “selective” folks. You know, because 8-5 ACC teams generally have that luxury.

LMAO. What a joke.

Ramblin Man

April 27th, 2012
9:07 am

JB so do you hate GT for being in Atlanta or Atlanta because GT is in it? Atlanta is a great city if you enjoy living in a city. Go to any major city and you will find traffic and crime, you will also find a long list of jobs and things to do. If you like a slower pace life then move to the country. It’s all in what a person prefers.
As far as recruiting goes GT will and forever will struggle compared to most schools out there. If Dodd and Ross had trouble recruiting at GT then anybody will. I would challenge the great Saban to try and recruit a top class to GT. GT will always get some good players, a few great players, but mostly average players. That said I will always wear my white and gold with pride and cheer for anybody wearing that uniform.
I also predict will will have 10 recruits by summers end and half of those will more than likely be players Fl Jacket listed.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
9:12 am

“No, Georgia Tech is just being “selective” folks. You know, because 8-5 ACC teams generally have that luxury.”

dwagfan…

I guess when you have 30-35 scholarships open for 2013 because players CMR has recruited love uGA so much they do their best to transfer, get themselves kicked out, or leave uGA hanging on NSD…I guess you don’t need to be selective when you have 4-5 spots open at every position except QB and K.

Some joke indeed…

Ramblin Man

April 27th, 2012
9:15 am

Dawgfan I don’t think most recruits care about the GT/UGA rivalry in state much less out of state, that is a fan thing. UGA sitting at 16-11 with back to back bowl losses is nothing to thump ones chest about and winning the SEC east last year is not either. Have fun trolling and calling me a nerd as I am sure you will have a witty response like high school offense or soemthing of the like.

Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
9:18 am

Ga Tech has a pretty good team returning for 2012. The way I see it, Tech overachieves at football each year until the GA game and GA underachieves, then beats Tech and GA fans are satisfied.

I still want to know what courses these GA football players are taking to stay elgible and just what department it is listed under, teachers and who is the schools dean? Dawginlex, you like to tell everyone you know everything, now is your chance to answer these couple questions.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 27th, 2012
9:20 am

For an NFL sports town you folks don’t follow the draft! Then again because you have nobody from either team drafted so it makes sense not to bring attention to that failure! UGA and talent…give us a a damn break!

Bama only had 4 and not the 5 expected so some heads will roll when Saban returns from NYC. Old Nick was speaking with Henry last night at the draft. Live from New York it’s the Nick Saban NFL draft. 4 of the 1st 25 players were from that redneck state Alabama and none of those from Georgiee. You say…yes I know we have a good man as HC and not a satan.

Wes Mantooth

April 27th, 2012
9:26 am

The Tech recruiting philosophy is like the nerdy guy and ugly girl that don’t have a date to the prom and just end up going together because neither one has a better option

DawginLex

April 27th, 2012
9:31 am

Game changer

Never claimed to be an insider but I know more than you do, which ain’t much of a claim on my part.

You claim to be a UGA grad yet all you do is spew Bama stuff?

Hope I never have to go to battle with you on my side. Our own troops will shoot us

Game Changer

April 27th, 2012
9:47 am

dawginlex: wrong about battle:

I would demand discipline, character, image, pride, passion, knowledge, intelligence, respect, patience, practice, leadership by everyone involved, this produces winners:

Not a single word above can be used to represent anything to do with our current GA football players or program.

Best way to describe GA football: Chaos that is Out of Control

LoL

April 27th, 2012
9:47 am

I love how GT fans try to act like 10/11 doesn’t bother them.

Patrick

April 27th, 2012
9:48 am

Game Changer… you sir are a moron. And obviously not a UGA fan as you claim.