When it comes to keeping top talent at home, Georgia Tech and NC State have come up short, according to research from ESPN The Magazine and RecruitingNation. The data came from the 18 states that produced at least 10 ESPNU 150 recruits from 2007-11. The BCS programs inside those states were then ranked by the percentage of local recruits they signed. Among the 10 BCS programs that missed out on elite homegrown talent, Georgia Tech ranked No. 2 and NC State ranked No. 5.
According to the report, Georgia Tech signed just two of 74 ESPNU 150 recruits since 2007, and NC State two of 24. Both trailed in-state rivals Georgia and North Carolina. NC State fans will be quick to point out, though, that those numbers haven't affected the Wolfpack's win-loss record against the Tar Heels under coach Tom O'Brien. He might not have five stars next to his recruits, but he's won five straight against UNC.
Here's an excerpt from what ESPN The Magazine's LaRue Cook had to say about NC State:
In terms of recruiting, we're as perplexed with the Wolfpack's lack of production as we are with Georgia Tech's. Two ACC programs that can't sign top local talent? (Okay, make that four. Duke nor Wake Forest has signed a single ESPNU 150 prospect from any state, so we didn't bother ranking them.) Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina have gone in to North Carolina and lifted a combined eight prospects over the last five years -- even Cal grabbed two. This year, the state's five ESPNU 150 recruits are committed to Georgia, Florida (two) and Clemson (two).