None of state’s NFL first-rounders had UGA or Bama offers

Rusty Mansell, recruiting analyst for 247sports.com, pointed out an interesting fact in a Tuesday article:

None of the four players from the state of Georgia that were taken in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft had scholarship offers out of high school from UGA or Alabama.

WR Breshad Perriman broke his leg as a senior at Arabia Mountian HS. He signed with UCF, and was drafted by the Ravens in the first round (AP)

WR Breshad Perriman broke his leg as a senior at Arabia Mountian HS. He signed with UCF, and was drafted by the Ravens in the first round (AP)

And Mansell went on say that out of the eight players from Georgia selected in the first round over the last two years, only one – North Gwinnett High School’s Ja’Wuan James – had offers from both UGA and Alabama.

So what’s going on? Are UGA and Alabama (and many other colleges) missing on elite Georgia talent due to poor evaluations? Or is it a case where this state produces so much talent (around 200 D1 signees per year) that it can be confusing and overwhelming about which high school kids are actually good?

Or is the scouting of kids while they’re in high school and projecting their long-term development just really difficult?

I think it’s mostly the latter – and not only for the college teams, but also the NFL. That’s just my opinion, but there is one clear fact:

There’s an incredible amount of football talent coming out of the state of Georgia these days.

What do you think? Please your thoughts and opinions below.


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