There are three factors that are helping this year’s Georgia Southern recruiting class, and head coach Willie Fritz and his staff are taking advantage of each.
The university recently has stepped up to upgrade the football program’s facilities, and Georgia Southern moved up to the FBS level officially during the summer when it joined the Sun Belt Conference.
Oh, and the Eagles had a strong debut in that conference as Fritz led them to the Sun Belt title with an 8-0 record and a 9-3 record overall in his first season.
“We had a great year, and people have taken notice of that,” Fritz said. “We’re on a different level of athlete now with our move up. Definitely that move to Division I has helped us with recruiting because kids just have a goal of playing Division I football, and our playing at the FBS level has opened doors for us. We were on TV just about every week, and kids got to see us play. At the very least, we were on ESPN3 every week, and then we had six games on TV with national Thursday night games, games on the ACC Network and CBS Sports. So our success was big, and to have all those games on TV was important, too.
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“And then it’s about the facilities. That shows the commitment from this university, and that has helped us, as well.”
Fritz said the Eagles plan to sign 26 players this year with one of those counting toward last year’s class. He said last week the program has 20 commitments.
National Signing Day is set for Feb. 4.
“We’re at the point where we want to sign the best athletes we can sign,” Fritz said. “We don’t want to miss out on a great athlete because of a position need. We’re still building depth, so we just want to get the best athletes we can. We are still searching for depth, and we still need guys who can start, so we will go get the best players we can and then go from there.”