Georgia Tech’s football staff was back on the road recruiting on Wednesday after being slowed down by weather conditions the night before.
“All our guys are out there,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told the AJC. “Some of them got stuck. But they are all out.”
College coaches from across the country, including UGA’s Mark Richt, had their recruiting efforts in Atlanta impacted by Tuesday’s icy weather. Johnson was recruiting in North Carolina on Tuesday morning and returned to Atlanta around 1 p.m.
“I got back in before it got totally crazy,” Johnson said. “We had coaches that got stuck in Augusta, Milledgeville, and all over. (Defensive coordinator Ted Roof) got stuck in Mobile, Ala. He was trying to get to Nashville, so he drove to Tampa. Instead of coming this way, they went the other way to catch flights out. Everybody was pretty much in place by today.”
Johnson had to cancel an in-home visit with a prospect on Wednesday, and will likely have to do the same for an out-of-state kid on Thursday.
“I had one scheduled today that we had to cancel because they’re not in school. Because a big part of it, especially with the kids committed, is to go by the schools. I think that is just as important or more important than to get into the home.
“We have one in Charleston tomorrow that we’re probably going to have to cancel because there’s no school. And Charleston is as bad or worse than here (in Atlanta). They are not used to it (the weather situation) either.”
With the NCAA’s “dead period” starting at midnight Sunday and signing day less than a week away (Feb. 5), Johnson didn’t think he would get to make up the in-person visits.
“We’re so close to signing day but it’s OK,” Johnson said. “Most of the people we’re recruiting that we have left, I’ve already been in their homes so I can’t go again anyways.”
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