I’m always amused by the people who whine about this recruit or that one escaping the clutches of Mark Richt and agreeing to play for another SEC school. Why, oh why, the cry goes out, can’t Georgia put a fence up around the state and keep everyone else out?
Well, because the math is daunting.
As of right now, 736 high school seniors in Georgia have signed some sort of grant-in-aid to play college football. That’s according to numbers provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by high school historian and resident “numbers junkie” Steve Slay.
Included in that number are 183 players who signed on with Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly known as Division I) schools.
Amazingly, those numbers are slightly down from last year’s totals.
There’s a lot of talent produced in this state and there are only two in-state D-1 schools available to harvest it. That pretty much equates to a standing invitation for a lot of other schools to come in and take a shot at farming Georgia high schools.
If Georgia signs the bulk of those it targets, that’s all Richt’s really got control over.