Confession time: I've never followed recruiting too close before. Always understanding its importance in shaping the future success of any program, it seemed just a bridge too far as a fan.
That is, until now. As a contributor for Underdog Dynasty my duty is to bring you fantastic, amazing posts on all things Georgia Southern football, including the crazy world of recruiting.
Here goes nothing.
First off, Southern has most of its class shaped up already (20 commits on board out of 26 slots), and according to Willie Fritz, this looks to be a strong group of players. GSU snapped up the top-rated class in the Sun Belt a year ago. There's no reason to think this year will be any different.
Nowadays, recruiting wars are easy enough to follow not just through official websites, but through Twitter (confession #2, I follow some of the recruits, gotta be committed even when it feels sort of stalker-ish). The hashtags you'll want to check out are #ATC15, which stands for air traffic control, and #Kliq25.
Statesboro here i come ! ✊ #GATA #HailSouthern #ATC15 #Kliq25 pic.twitter.com/pX7gQHKO1k— Joshua Moon (@LookatJMoon) January 7, 2015
With national signing day set for Feb. 4, expect a lot of turbulence in the raging Twitter storm. Keep in mind though, this friendly reminder from our other Georgia Southern writer Walt Austin.
Reminder for all, just because: It is against NCAA rules to tweet at recruits. So just... don't. OK?— Walt (@AUTigerGSUEagle) January 15, 2015
Good advice Walt.
According to 247sports.com, Georgia Southern has 17 "hard commits" right now, along with one JuCo transfer and a player heading over from UAB. So, since you're probably bored at work right now and already starving for football because offseason: Commit highlights.
A three-star safety from Fairburn, Georgia's Creekside High, Moon is the player in the tweet above. Check out the highlights from his Senior season. A good word to describe this kid: Fast.
Yet another three-star, the 6-3, 197-pound McConnell hails from West Forsyth High and is listed as a prospect. He was a dual-threat quarterback in high school and he made it look easy.
Montgomery is a three-star half back, which means he's in the running (no pun intended) to become the next Jerick McKinnon or Matt Breida. Montgomery hails from Powder Springs but played at Hillgrove rather than McEachern High. Warning: Video may not be safe for children. Broken ankles everywhere.
I'm a little partial to Glenn since he hails from my hometown of Douglasville. He's an impressive two-star receiver, and at 6-5 he looks the part.
Potter is a little under the radar. I'm not sure he has any D-1 offers yet, or any offers at all really. Make no mistake though, there's potential here.
Aaaaand that's enough for one post. I'll try to throw up more recruiting articles as signing day approaches. For now, imagine these beasts blowing through the Sun Belt over the next four years. Then get back to work.