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.
“But outside of that, the biggest advantage you can have is have good leadership, have a veteran football team, and when you’ve got that, it doesn’t matter whether you have spring practice or not. When you don’t have that, it’s tougher, when you don’t have leadership and you don’t have the experience at certain positions.”— Kirby Smart, Dawgs247, 3/31/20