Henry noticed that some of us were taken with his Georgia Tech observation in yesterday’s post about in state recruiting, so he emailed me with this:
Based on the 247Sports Composite rankings, since the 2008 recruiting class, which was Johnson’s first at Tech:
— Tech over 11 years has averaged signing the No. 30 ranked player in Georgia as their highest ranked in-state recruit
— The highest player Tech has signed in the last 11 years was ranked No. 17 in 2002
— There have only been two years when Tech signed a Top 20 player
— There were two years when Tech’s highest in-state recruit was ranked No. 50
— In the last five recruiting classes, Tech has averaged signing the No. 41 player in the state
— In Johnson’s first six recruiting classes, Tech averaged signing the No. 21 ranked player in the state
— In 2007, the year before Johnson became the coach, Tech signed the No. 5 and No. 7 ranked player in the state. It was a Chantastic year as Tech had the No. 15 ranked recruiting class in the country and the second in the ACC
— Johnson’s average recruiting class since then has ranked No. 51 nationally and No. 9 in the ACC. His best national class was ranked No. 41 in 2007 and his worst was No. 70 in 2013
— During the last 11 years Duke, Stanford, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Cal — all highly ranked academic schools — have signed four or more players from the state of Georgia who ranked higher than the highest player signed by Tech.
To which he concludes: “These numbers are so bad I had to go back and check some of them multiple times to be sure I wasn’t missing something. In all cases I rounded down to give Tech the benefit of the doubt. Seriously, UGA should be contributing to Johnson’s salary just to keep him around.”
I can only add a couple of things to all that. People tend to forget what a living Johnson made off Chan Gailey’s last recruiting class, which was truly excellent. And those of you who keep wanting to end the series with Tech are cutting off your noses to spite your faces. Anything Georgia can do to keep the Jackets propped up while they abandon the recruiting field is a win-win, especially when the Dawgs are winning at better than a 70% clip in the series.