How much does it cost to recruit at the top of the college football world? At the University of Georgia, the price tag in 2019 ran $3.7 million, according to documents obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald. Some of the more interesting costs from that $3.7 million tab include arcade games, aerial cinematography, and all the way down to a $9.99 XBox subscription.
There’s also the charge for Kirby Smart’s helicopter. $83,260 was spent on using the Kirby Copter to fly around and visit with recruits. Georgia football coaches flew 140 charter flights that totaled $850,610, including $28,208 for a Boston to Sarasota, Fla. flight. Georgia football does not have its own airplane.
— 960 The Ref (@960theref) January 16, 2019
What’s the cost when a big recruit comes in for a visit? For Georgia running back Kendall Milton’s visit that meant “a meal of $164.64 along with another $2,177 in charges as running back Dell McGee and then director of player personnel Marshall Malchow were among those spending time with the four-star prospect from Clovis, Calif.,” the Banner-Herald reported.
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— Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) July 30, 2019
According to 24/7, Georgia spends the most money on recruiting of any team in college football. Alabama is second at $2.3 million. Tennessee is No. 3, then Texas and Clemson. Of course all of this changes now that COVID-19 has changed the world of money and college football teams facing massive deficits due to empty stadiums and games not played. Michigan was projecting a $100 million loss before the Big Ten announced it would attempt to play a fall season.
The Banner-Herald reports UGA was on target to spend $9.5 million less between April and August 2020 compared to 2019. Go read the full report. It’s pretty fascinating how these schools spend money.