Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Paul Johnson: ACC foes negatively recruit
By ESPN.com staff
This is not unique to Georgia Tech football.
Coaches all throughout the country point out flaws in their opposition while in the homes of recruits, some valid, others not so much.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, though, said it happens to his team more than any other team in the country because of the spread option offense he uses. The topic came up on today's ACC coaches' teleconference when Johnson was asked about the high number of former players he has had go on to successful NFL careers.
"We get negative recruited probably more than any other team in the country," he said. "In our league we get negative recruited really bad, with coaches telling kids, 'Well, if you want to play in the NFL, you can't go there.' I've told guys all along, once we've been here for a couple of years, the numbers will take care of that. If you're a good player, you're going to play in the next level. If you're not, you won't. It doesn't matter what system you're in or any of that stuff. They tell our offensive linemen that, 'If you go there, you'll never pass block, you'll never go to the league, you'll never do this.' And we probably have more offensive linemen in the league than anybody else. It's just a question of if you're a good enough player, you're going to get there, so it will help us refute a lot of the negative recruiting."