Paul Johnson gets hit with a double whammy on the recruiting trail: losing one in state kid to James Franklin’s less than inspiring sales pitch (“He doesn’t really talk a lot about putting players in the NFL, like other schools do.”) and losing another in state recruit who’s a Tech legacy to Auburn.
The truly sad part about the latter story is that dad didn’t want him to go to Georgia Tech.
“My father wanted me to go to Auburn,” the younger Lawson said. “He wanted me to commit the last time I was there. He likes Auburn. My family loves it. Last time I visited Auburn, I named them as my leader. This time, I committed.”
Add the lack of results so far to the small size of the class Johnson is expected to sign, and you’re looking at an epic fail coming up early next year. Is it too soon to start gloating?
Why he’s here: A strong arm and a high quarterback IQ. He has terrific leadership skills and a rare toughness. He doesn’t have the same skill set as former Georgia star (and No. 1 overall pick) Matthew Stafford, but who does in the last two decades? Of the group of five, the best pure football player.
“All this time y’all probably thought I was being real coy about it, but I really didn’t really know and it was very, very close. Even on this decision, very close decision to name him the starter. I think they all can get us in the right plays. I think they all can get us in the right protections. I think they all can function extremely well and help us win. That’s what made it really tough. I can’t tell you how many times we went back and forth on the thing quite frankly.” -- Mark Richt, AB-H, 8/31/15