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In 2011, we got 6 of the top 10 in state kids. One of those, Crowell, is no longer in Athens. In 2012, we got 3 of the top 10 in state kids. This year, assuming we do not get Adams or Kamara, it will be 2 in the top 10 in state kids. By comparison, Bama has signed 4 top 10 Georgia kids in the same time frame.
I am not blaming anybody for this poor in state recruiting, but getting 11 of the top 30 (10 if you take out Crowell) is not anywhere close to getting the job done. We need to own this state, and at this point, we certainly do not. What are we doing wrong?
this is a topic that has been addressed several times. Because of the fact that the state of Georgia is constantly growing due to business, there are more and more kids that are in the state that aren't actually from the state of Georgia/never grew up "georgia boys," they are recent transplants. Its hard to pull these guys because they may have loyalty to another state school, the one in which they grew up loving.
Also, with all the major programs surrounding the state, we aren't going to get all the kids that we target.
IMHO langley, shaq, matthews and ramsey should be top 10 guys. the one thing about lineman thats hard to grade. Is how will they respond when they aren't the biggest, strongest guy on the field anymore. Out of Lawson, RN, and Adams. The odds say that at least one will be a bust. One will be good and one will be great. I think we signed some very good players this year and ZERO head cases.
I am not sure that I could point my finger at any one thing. I have noticed that we are not the first program to offer a lot of the recruits. Adams said Clemson was the first to offer. Not sure why we seem to be behind most surrounding programs in evaluating and offering. It isn't enough any more to just be from the state of Georgia to make a student want to attend UGA. Its all about the interest and love shown these days that makes the difference.
We were either the 1st to offer or one of the 1st offers for Bell, RF, and LT. That doesn't carry as much weight i don't think. Recruiting is a dirty game. I've been there done that and if you could have heard some of the tatics the army used and lies that they told. You would understand what i mean. The navy and the AF didn't have high quotas like the Army so we didn't have to play a dirty game. Thats the man reason thousands more recruits sign up for the army than any other branch. IMHO UGA is probably the only school that has a focus on us approach to recruiting. Where we don't " hate " on other schools. But instead tell kids what we have to offer. 1 MNC and we can close the flood gates.
The whole Bama signing more Georgia kids than Georgia, the only excuse for that is Bama has won 3 of the last 4 MNCs. Because another state should never sign more of your kids than you do... Im sorry but theres not more kids from Alabama in Georgia than there are kids that are actually from Georgia...
That about sums it up.
I think that there are a lot of kids that have migrated to Georgia but it isn't like 60% of them. We are losing kids because everyone around us has won a MNC in this lifetime. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, hell even Tennessee have one national championships that surround our state. I have said it time and time again that if UGA can get over the hump and win a MNC then you may see a huge dynasty evolve.
Kids were fleeing to Tennessee in the 90's from Georgia because they were a power house. It's not a coincidence that UT starting going down hill when CMR first came to UGA. His first priority was to win the state back. Sometimes I think we have gotten away from that a bit.
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