I believe Georgia has the best set up for in-state recruiting of any state in the nation. Georgia consistently ranks as the fourth most rich recruiting state behind California, Texas and Florida. What makes Georgia special is the lack of in-state recruiting competition. The only two power five schools in Georgia are the University of Georgia and an engineering school who runs the triple option.
Very few talented recruits with aspirations to play on Sundays want to play in a triple option offense, so they often eliminate the one in-state recruiting rival the Bulldogs have. Georgia still has to fend off the rest of the SEC to secure elite in-state recruits, which proved to be a battle some years for Mark Richt.
Kirby Smart has established himself as one of the nation’s best recruiters and has prioritized in-state recruiting. He absolutely crushed the main in-state competition, Georgia Tech, this past recruiting cycle. According to 247 Sports, Georgia Tech had the 53rd best recruiting class in the nation and the 10th best in the ACC. Of their 2018 class, they got only two 4-Star recruits, and only one of those is from the state of Georgia. Even an average ACC recruiting class would have taken away more talented recruits from Georgia.
Georgia on the other hand finished it’s 2018 National Signing Day strong, locking up the top recruiting class in the nation with seven 5-Star recruits. Four of which are from the state of Georgia. The rest of the SEC was able to sign a combined three 5-Star recruits. Not having to recruit out of state to assemble an elite recruiting class is very enviable.
Georgia Tech’s system isn’t going to change any time soon, so that has to light up the eyes of Georgia’s recruiters. Georgia Tech does manage to get the most of the talent they do have, but the gap in recruiting is too large to make up.