Ian Boyd makes an interesting point in his post about 2020 recruiting.
Paul notes that the biggest schools in the SEC are now pursuing a national recruiting strategy, which has a bunch of second order effects. Instead of being content with a bunch of local 3/4-stars, LSU, Alabama, or Georgia will go into New Jersey, Texas, or California to have a shot at getting more blue chip 4/5 stars. Consequently, the extremely talent-rich South has some high 3/4-star recruits available to the rest of the SEC or whomever is positioned to clean up (generally the rest of the SEC).
He observes that with the change of emphasis at the top programs, lower tier SEC schools are signing better classes than lower tier Big 12 and Big Ten teams, but you know which other school I think stands to benefit greatly from that? Georgia Tech.
Geoff Collins can make a good living signing three- and four-star in state recruits who aren’t being swept up by Kirby Smart’s program. I think he’s shrewd enough to realize that, too.
There is some irony to that. A decade ago, it was Georgia Tech that was trying to sign nationally, purportedly because it had to cast a wider net due to academics. Now the situation is reversed — Kirby’s chasing kids all over the map and the Jackets are happily looking to sign talented local kids. Or at least they should be.