Three months ago, Georgia Tech didn’t have any commitments for its 2013 football recruiting class.
While some Tech fans were panicking, coach Paul Johnson maintained his cool — saying he “wasn’t too concerned” because it was so early in the process.
Fast forward three months and Georgia Tech has eight commitments. The Yellow Jackets were briefly ranked in the top 25 of the Rivals.com team rankings.
“It’s the same now as I told you before: I felt like we were in pretty good shape,” Johnson told the AJC. “I wasn’t too worried about it. These things [commitments] don’t mean anything until they are signed. It’s just like anything else. I don’t get too hung up on them. There’s a long time between now and February.”
Does Johnson feel better now with eight commitments than when he had zero a few months ago? “I wasn’t feeling bad about how things were going before. That was all you guys on the Internet and in the paper. I know where we were going. I have a chance to talk to the kids all the time, so I know where we are.”
“We’ll see how it ends up. I never care about recruiting rankings. I think we have some good players. But I think we signed some good players last year, and the year before that. We wouldn’t recruit them and sign them if we didn’t think they were good players.”
The nation’s No. 1 kicker, Harrison Butker, committed to Georgia Tech over Auburn last week. Georgia Tech’s top overall commitment – by far – is Shamire DeVine, who is considered by some to be the state’s top prospect along the offensive line.
The Yellow Jackets may already be more than halfway finished with this year’s recruiting class, as they are only expected to sign 14-15 because of low attrition.
GEORGIA TECH’S CLASS OF 2013
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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