2012 Big Picture Recap – Summary
GoJackets.com continues its series to help you get a view of the big picture in recruiting. With National Signing Day over and Georgia Tech's recruiting class completed, GoJackets.com is taking a position-by-position look at the 2012 recruiting class. To kick off this particular series, we'll do a brief summary of the class.
GT Class Overview
AB Marcus Allen
Notes: The offense-defense split was dead even in the end. Nine (9) guys have departed from the team since the end of the season from the offensive side of the ball and seven (7) from defense, plus one (1) from special teams. With an 8-8-1 mix, it pretty well replaces those numbers which were depleted from graduation, NFL, and any other reasons. 17 commits is the smallest numbers for the Yellow Jackets since the 2006 class where Tech signed only 14 players.
The "State" of the Class
Victoria (Australia) 1
Notes: As you would expect, almost half of the class is from Georgia though it's the lowest number from the state since the class of 2008, which also had eight. Tech continued a long running streak of taking players from neighboring Alabama that began with the 2004 class and Florida which began in 2003. The Maryland has the marks of the Al Groh connection. And finally, this is a new one but Tech went overseas to nab one from Australia.
In the "Stars"
4 stars 2
3 stars 11
2 stars 4
Notes: Thomas and Kallon top the list as the top ranked players in the class and the only 4-star players on the list for GT in 2012. There were none in the '11 class so they are Tech's first 4-star guys since Louis Young, Shawn Greene, and Ryan Ayers (no longer at Tech) from the '10 class. In '09 the 4-star guys were Stephen Hill (heading to NFL), Roderick Sweeting, Jordan Luallen (no longer at Tech), and J.C. Lanier. In '08 there was one Omoregie Uzzi. Going into the season there will be a total of seven (7) former 4-star players. Three (3) of those guys are expected to start. As a comparison, the '07 class had nine (9) 4-star players. This will be the first team on the field in which all players were signed by Coach Paul Johnson – though Chan Gailey began the '08 class.
Rankings (2002 to Present)
2002 – 51 2.25 O'Leary/Chan (FSU, UVA, Clemson, Maryland, UNC, NCSU) 7th
2003 – 34 2.62 Gailey (NCSU, FSU, UNC, UVA, Maryland) 6th
2004 – 35 2.42 Gailey (Miami, FSU, Maryland, UNC, NCSU, UVA, VT) 8th
2005 – 48 2.53 Gailey (FSU, Miami, UVA, VT, Clemson, NCSU, Maryland, Duke, UNC) 10th
2006 – 49 2.57 Gailey (FSU, Miami, Clemson, UNC, Maryland, VT, Duke, NCSU, BC) 10th
2007 – 15 3.35 Gailey (Miami, UNC) 3rd (13, 14, 15)
2008 – 37 2.90 Gailey /Johnson (Miami, FSU, Clemson, VT, BC, NCSU, UNC) 8th
2009 – 32 2.95 Johnson (UNC, FSU, Miami, Maryland) 5th
2010 – 41 3.00 Johnson (FSU, Miami, Clemson, UNC, VT, GT, MD, BC) 6th
2011 – 42 2.73 Johnson (FSU, Clemson, UNC, UVA, Miami, BC, VT) 8th
2012 – 58 2.88 Johnson (Miami, FSU,
Clemson, VT, UVA, Maryland, UNC) 8th
Notes: As a historical comparison, it's
not a very good story. Everyone has their opinions of rankings
of course but this will rank as the worst Georgia Tech class since Scout.com
has done rankings over the past 11 years. The #58 ranking is based
on a below average individual star ranking along with low numbers.
The low numbers are a result of a lack of open scholarships (two spot
were left open from the 85 player limit). And I understand there
is disagreement from the fan base on not filling up those numbers.
Additionally, Tech signed an unevaluated player from overseas and a
punter, so those will automatically get the minimum two stars.
The rankings could have been different too but, as we all know, there
were a lot of changes toward the end of the recruiting season.
We'll get to that in more detail during the position-by-position articles.
In terms of average stars –regardless of class numbers – it was a middle-of-the-pack class for Tech – better than '11, '06, '05, '04, and '02. The last two years mark and end to a pretty good run of average stars ranking that had Tech class hovering at 2.90 or higher from '07-'10. The 8th place finish in the ACC for the past two years marks a return to being ranked in the back half of the conference, which hasn't happened in a non-coaching transition season since '06.
Those figures itself aren't the entire tale. Filling needs and getting talent at important positions count as well. The devil is in the details. As we look deep into the recruiting class by position, we'll point out the highs and lows of this past year's recruiting season.