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.
“When you play on national TV, when you play in the SEC, you have a chance to be relevant and significant every week. But certainly this is a ‘Wall Game.’ It’s for a number. It goes up on these walls in here and if you get to put numbers up in here, especially on that side of the room (pointing to his left, our right), it’s special. And that’s what you’re playing for, you’re playing for a championship.” — Kirby Smart, AJ-C, 11/27/18