Georgia coach Mark Richt said yesterday exactly what you’d expect a coach to say when asked about the importance of a school’s NFL draft success in relation to recruiting the next round of superstars:
“I haven’t recruiting many guys that didn’t think or weren’t at least dreaming about the NFL or hoping to be or expecting to be (drafted). I think it’s exciting for high school kids observing Georgia and trying to decide, ‘Hey, would this be a good place for me?’
It’s a big part of the recruiting process and what we’re trying to get accomplished. But there’s a lot more to it than that here as well. We care about an awful lot of other things, too, than just going to the NFL. We care about school and how these guys grow as people.
But this time of the year, starting tomorrow night (tonight) for the next two or three days after that, it’s an important time for our current players and really for the future of our program, too.”
Since arriving at Georgia in 2001, Richt has had 71 players drafted into the NFL. That’s nearly 14.5% of all the SEC players drafted into the league since ’01.