Otherwise, we spent time this week reviewing the importance of in-state recruiting with story packages that ran on Monday and Thursday.
Georgia signed just one of ESPN’s top 10 prospects in Georgia this year, so we used Monday’s stories to review what became of previous top-10 prospects and the previous No. 1 players in the state. Among those 70 players who made the list between 2006 and 2012, only Tennessee’s Eric Berry became an All-American at the school where he originally signed. Many more went on to become starters, all-conference recipients and eventual NFL draft picks at their chosen schools, however.
On Thursday, we put together a list of top performers from Georgia who picked colleges other than UGA and compared it to a roster of the top-instate Bulldogs from 2012. That comparison clearly proves the regular assertion from recruiting analysts and coaches that there is an incredible amount of talent available in the Peach State. Georgia can sign only a fraction of the eventual FBS standouts from the state each year, so that puts a premium on the coaching staff’s ability to evaluate talent and convince the right players to become Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7 SEC) have a quick turnaround to host South Carolina (13-13, 3-10) today at 2 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.
• Georgia’s baseball team got off to a slow start, dropping two of three games in its season-opening series at Georgia Southern last weekend and then falling to Kennesaw State earlier this week. The Bulldogs host Belmont in a three-game series this weekend.