Editor’s note: Following our story package this week weighing the true value in annually signing the top 10 prospects from the state of Georgia, DawgNation decided to next look at the accomplishments of native Georgians who did not sign with UGA compared against the in-state players on the Bulldogs’ 2012 roster.
Click here for a look at the numbers behind the analysis.
ATHENS, Ga. -- We’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. And if recruiting analysts’ opinions don’t make it abundantly clear statistics certainly show that the state of Georgia ranks among the most fertile football recruiting grounds in the entire country.
Judging by sheer number of signees, Georgia isn’t quite at the same talent-producing level as significantly larger states, California, Texas and Florida -- yet on a per capita basis, the state ranks with the best of them.
But what becomes of these in-state players once they sign their college scholarships? Many DawgNation readers can no doubt recite the accomplishments of home-grown Bulldogs such as Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, who went on to stardom at UGA. What about the guys who went elsewhere?
Combing through signing classes from the last several years yields a 2012 all-star team of native Georgians to compare against Jones and the other Bulldogs from this past season. From what we see, it looks like a team that certainly would have ranked among the top title contenders last fall.
Here are some of our observations about UGA vs. the non-UGA team: