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.
“It was really a no-brainer. What really pushed me to come to UGA was, so I could compete against that [Georgia] defense every day [in practice]. I might have to play in 12 games and in the SEC, but I would be going up against the best defense, every day in practice. Also, seeing all the defensive players who came back [for their senior year], it showed me they wanted to come back and win a championship.”– Jamie Newman, UGASports, 6/20/20