Feb. 2 is a day that all football fans from the passionate to the casual, circle on their calendars.
It is a day where the high school star gets more hype than they will receiver ever again. It is a day where many college fans are rejoicing, while others are frustrated with a teenager spurning their respective school.
It is National Signing Day.
On Wednesday, Coach David Dean and his staff inked a total of thirty-six high school recruits in a class littered with in-state talent. In fact, all but two reign from Georgia.
“We found a lot of good players in state this year. We only signed two kids outside the state of Georgia, other than (Ryan) Schraeder. We found the talent that we needed inside the state of Georgia and we felt we had a shot at getting them so we concentrated on that area,” Dean said. “Fortunately for us, we were very successful in the state of Georgia this year.”
Within Georgia, VSU focused its recruiting inside and around the city of Atlanta primarily, but the Blazers did manage to sign five players from the Valdosta area.
“Sometimes you have to look at it, does the kid want to get away from Valdosta? Or does he want to stay?” Dean said. “We sell our campus and staying close to home. It’s always good if ‘Momma’ can see you play and see you on the weekends so that’s definitely something we harp on.”