You’ll enjoy this deep dive into our state’s recruiting numbers as much for seeing the extent of Georgia Tech’s futility as for Georgia’s prowess. This, for example, is simply delicious.
Georgia Tech has recruited a grand total of one Georgia Blue Chipper over the past four recruiting classes, which puts it behind Miami, UNC, NC State, and Duke (!) among ACC rivals. While GT’s rigorous academics focus certainly present a recruiting challenge, it is hard to view this performance as anything other than disastrous for a program located smack dab in the middle of Atlanta. Whether it is the academic challenges, Paul Johnson’s cantankerous personality, or the flexbone not resonating with highly acclaimed recruits, something is seriously wrong there.
The genius made a living off Gailey’s last, excellent recruiting class, ranked 15th nationally. Under his watch, Tech’s classes have averaged 51st. This, in a state that is producing prodigious amounts of high school talent.
Georgia consistently produces the fourth most recruits after the “Big Three” (Texas, Florida, and California), both in total FBS recruits and Blue Chip talent. It also ranks second to only Louisiana in per capita production of recruits (or third, if you include the District of Columbia), making Gerogia one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in all of college football.
It is also an interesting state to consider because the most prolific exporter of Blue Chip talent, with only two Power 5 programs located in the state (versus five, four, and three in Texas, California, and Florida, respectively), only one of whom is consistently successful in attracting Blue Chip talent in meaningful quantities.
Recruits from Georgia account for 8% of the total in my 13 year (2006-2018) set of Blue Chip recruits, with their numbers rising fairly steadily over time.
If Paul Johnson didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.