https://247sports.com/college/virgi...alaries-2019-USA-Today-137375898/#137375898_2 this has him at 9th in the acc.A couple of thoughts.
First, GT did not go cheap on the Collins hire.
He was the highest paid FB coach GT has ever had and when he was hired his salary was in the top half of the ACC. We've gone cheap on basketball hires but not FB.
He was also given more resources and support than any previous GT FB coach.
Second, Thomas came to GT because he was going to get to play at QB where the factory schools wanted to move him away from QB.
GT is unlikely to ever consistently recruit at a Top 25 level. It has not shown that ability over the last 40 years. I think GT can recruit in the 30-40 range and then with good player development and coaching can be better than that on the field - sort of a low end Top 25 type team.
https://247sports.com/LongFormArtic...rby-Smart-Jimbo-Fisher-137356067/#137356067_1 this would put him at last in the sec when hiring him.
years and buyout structure may have been bad for us i’ll listen to that, but he was in fact a cheap hire by any real measure. even relative to other teams the resources were likely pretty cheap.