With National Signing Day coming up, I decided to take a look at where Georgia Tech actually gets their recruits. The Data Face took information from every NCAA football recruit since 2002 and created a map with it.
Above is Georgia Tech’s map based on the data and there are some noticeable empty spaces in 27 states. According to the map, Georgia Tech hasn’t recruited a single recruit in the pacific northwest. In addition to that, Tech has only recruited 4 players west of Texas since 2002 with 3 of them from California and 1 from Colorado and if including Hawaii, the number is 6. There is also a lack of data points in the North of the country. In the northern middle portion of the country, Tech has gained no recruits and in the Northeast corner, Tech has 1 recruit from those 7 states and none from New York.
Focusing on where Georgia Tech does get its recruits from, the radius is small (dotted line). The epicenter of that line is obviously Atlanta but extends into Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Surprisingly, other states make up a higher percentage than a couple of those states.
Top 10 States by % of Georgia Tech recruits
1. Georgia (50.7%)
2. Florida (16.5%)
3. Alabama (6.8%)
4. Texas (4.8%)
5. South Carolina (3.4%)
6. Tennessee (3.1%)
7. Louisiana (2.3%)
8. Ohio (2.0%)
9. North Carolina (1.7%)
10. Pennsylvania (1.4%)
Texas is the most surprising one for me. Although Texas is a hotbed of national talent much like Georgia, it’s not an easy trip for a previously financially strapped program to make often. Also noticeable on this list is that 3 of the top 10 states are outside of the South East. It sounds small but compared to other schools nearby like Georgia and Clemson, it’s about average.
Although this list and map does paint Georgia Tech’s recruiting strategies of keeping players home under Gailey and Johnson in a positive light, Stanford’s map is something Georgia Tech should aim to emulate under Geoff Collins.
Just like Georgia Tech, Stanford is a world renowned university but the difference is the sports. Stanford has 36 sports compared to Georgia Tech’s 14 and Stanford wins a NCAA Championship almost every year. There are differences in the sports but part of what has allowed Stanford to succeed in Football is their recruiting ability. Money plays a big part in recruiting success but thankfully due to Todd Stansbury willing to spend money, the gap will most likely be non-existent in the coming years. How Georgia Tech uses it will be key.
Since 2002, the average player traveled just over 1200 miles from their hometown to play at Stanford, the highest in the country. Georgia Tech’s brand as a school is about the same as Stanford’s but Stanford’s brand as a football program has gotten bigger because of the amount of places they recruit. Stanford’s second highest recruited state is on the other side of the country: Georgia. Tech doesn’t have to go all the way out to California to increase their football program’s brand or radius, although it can’t hurt, but they will need to utilize more of states like Texas, Virginia, and Ohio.
Collins at Georgia Tech is tasked with increasing Georgia Tech’s brand and recruiting top players to a school that is notoriously a hard sell. If Collins and his staff want to do that, it’s imperative Georgia Tech increases their recruiting radius.
NOTE: This is an observation article so it was less structured than typical posts.