Picking out blue-chip recruits actually is pretty easy, Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator David Wilson said.
You can see it in the way they're built, the way they move, the way they handle themselves on the field. That's the simple part of his job.
What's more difficult is the recruit who doesn't have 4.4 speed or the ability to bench-press 350 pounds - but can still help a collegiate program for the next four seasons.
All Wilson has to do is look in his eyes.
"I look for the intangibles," said Wilson, the guest speaker at Thursday's Augusta Chronicle All-Area Football Banquet at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. "I look for a player who has the desire for a championship in his eyes. We look for kids who want to earn a degree. You know, the kind who goes to class. And I want guys who want to go back to their community and be productive members."
Wilson, also Georgia Tech's special teams coach, has had success to back his theory.
Pointing to former players Kelly Rhino, a special teams standout for Georgia Tech, and Florida State's Charlie Ward - "He had those intangible things and he had the will to be the best" - Wilson said the blue-chip prospects aren't always what's best for his program.
"We all miss a kid that can play at our level," Wilson said. "I'm sure that happens sometimes. But you want to go deep and find those guys with intangibles. Then you'll find guys who the recruiting services don't talk about."
Wilson's 10-minute talk certainly made an impact on North Augusta's C.J. Byrd, a member of the South Carolina all-area team.
Byrd, a junior linebacker who had 92 tackles last year, likely will be a big-time recruit next year, and he'll take Wilson's words to heart.
"It's really true," Byrd said. "You should have an idea what you want to do academically, and you should want to go and win a championship. What he said is all true."
The players of the year honored were Swainsboro's Albert Webb, North Augusta's Brandon Satcher and Brentwood's Daniel Harris. The coaches of the year were Butler's Galen Phillips, Williston-Elko's Justin Gentry and Briarwood's Jimmy Barnett.
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