You may not have noticed, but Georgia Tech’s in-state recruiting has picked up under Paul Johnson.
The Jackets already have as many players committed from the state of Georgia — eight — as they had sign national letters of intent in February. Ten of the 18 players in Tech’s 2008 recruiting class were from out of state.
Given the limits on the size of Georgia’s 2009 class, this makes plenty of sense and is further confirmation that Johnson is going to prove to be a more formidable head coach at Tech than his predecessor.
He’s not getting warm bodies, either.
“The in-state kids, I really like the way they’re going,” said Rivals.com analyst Barry Ever. “They have six in-state kids who are three stars or better.”
Defensive linemen J.C. Lanier and John Drew, who committed to Tech months ago, are ranked four-star players by Rivals. Finch and Drummond are not yet ranked.
The recruiting analyst quoted in the article has an interesting point about Johnson’s focus on local talent:
“… But the in-state kids are important, especially in a state with so many players.”
“Johnson has seen the state of Georgia and the East Coast, and it’s not surprising that he should start getting them. If you don’t have the in-state kids, I don’t think the Georgia-Georgia Tech game means as much to players.” [Emphasis added.]