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Paul Johnson criticizes oversigning in recruiting

Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:50 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly has plenty to say when it comes to oversigning in recruiting.

Johnson has openly criticized the practice over oversigning in the past, but chose to address the issue directly in a news conference on Friday. The practice has been a local topic of conversation after Alabama pulled their 2012 offer from North Atlanta High running back Justin Taylor. Taylor, one of the top running backs in the state, was offered a grayshirt from the Crimson Tide and promised a spot in the 2013 class.

“That’s like (if) we go out there, we’ve got 15 commitments and we just keep recruiting over the top of them,” Johnson said. “Now, people do that, but not many. And then they just come back and they tell ‘em, ‘Hey, sorry, you’ll have to come next year. You’ll have to come in the spring. We found somebody better than you. We oversigned.’ That’s wrong. And it’s wrong on both sides. It’s just wrong.”

Taylor is reportedly considering his options, and may take head coach Nick Saban's offer to join the program in 2013. The running back missed his senior season with a knee injury, and could benefit from the extended rehab. In addition to criticizing programs, Johnson has publicly expressed discontent with prospects who treat the verbal commitment as a flexible agreement.

Recruiting has always been a hot button topic for Paul Johnson, especially at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets must compete with the top SEC schools in the nation for in-state recruits, while still maintaining the school's academic standards. When other schools like Alabama are using oversigning to lock up the best local recruits, it makes the job for Johnson's staff even more difficult as they fight the uphill battle to assemble the strongest class possible.

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Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:38 pm

Paul Johnson criticizes oversigning in recruiting

Well, if GT didnt SUCK!!!! maybe, just maybe... Johnson could recruit.... Just maybe

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:17 am

Paul Johnson criticizes oversigning in recruiting

This issue of oversigning is showing up more and more, as it should. The more exposure, the more people are realizing what a competitive advantage it gives the few SEC teams who do it. It seems we are moving toward finally getting rid of it, once and for all. It will take a few years to see the results, as all of those SEC teams that oversigned themselves into having a huge depth advantage wittle back down to where everyone else is. You will then see the way things really are with various conferences winning national titles the RIGHT way. The SEC's run of so-called championships is a product of over-signing. Once that is removed, they will still be a good conference, but they won't win it every year, because they will have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

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