The first Wednesday in February is a big day for college football programs. National Signing Day is when high school seniors sign letters of intent to play for a college team.

“There’s a lot of kids playing high school football in Georgia who are going to play college football all over this country,” says Mark Harmon of GPB Sports.

Far away schools like Notre Dame and Stanford are making plays for some of the state’s top recruits, but Harmon says many want to play close to home. That’s good for programs at Georgia and Georgia Tech, and Harmon says schools with younger football programs also benefit.

“Those programs can’’t get the five-star and four-star recruits out of the state of Georgia, if they can get two and three-star players, keep them home...that bodes well for programs like Kennesaw State, Georgia State, and Mercer,” Harmon says.

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