In this ACCSports.com series, we’re looking at every state within the ACC’s footprint and figuring out which programs own them in recruiting.
Next up is Georgia, which is squarely in the ACC’s footprint and home to some of the best high school football in the East. The Cobb County district surrounding Atlanta is stacked with high major recruits, but talented football players come from all corners of the state. Though Georgia Tech is the only in-state ACC school, Florida State, Clemson and the North Carolina schools are all close enough geographically to target Georgia as a top recruiting region.
To see which schools own Georgia in recruiting, we scanned the last five recruiting classes (2010-2014). We looked at the top 30 prospects in each class (as ranked by Rivals) and where they decided to play their college ball. Here is what we found out.
Schools Who Signed The Most Top-30 Georgia Recruits From 2010-2014
Georgia – 40
Auburn – 15
Alabama – 12
South Carolina – 12
Tennessee – 9
Clemson – 9
Georgia Tech – 7
Florida – 5
Vanderbilt – 5
Who Owns It: Georgia
Dominant ACC Team: Clemson
Percentage Of Top 30 That Went ACC: 16.67%
Percentage of Top 30 That Went SEC: 72.67%
Percentage Of Top 30 That Stayed In-State: 32%
Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Auburn
Biggest Haul Of Top 30 Recruits In One Class: 12 – Georgia in 2011