I had a thought after hearing the news about Marc Deas leaving the program. Understand that this is nothing more than rank, idle speculation on my part, but here goes anyway – all that talk from many of us about how some wish Georgia would be more like Alabama in how it goes about its program building… what if Mark Richt has decided that’s right, too?
By that, I don’t mean we should expect a rash of players suddenly being shunted into injury scholarships or that grayshirting will become the norm. But what if Richt has changed his default position from “every kid on scholarship is precious and it’s our role to see his school career through” to “every kid on scholarship needs to be told the truth about his chance to play at Georgia, regardless of the consequences”? (My personal feeling is that you can make a credible argument that Grantham’s doing the latter already.)
Let me phrase it another way. If you were Richt and you wanted to chart a more Saban-like course, how would you start? The years of undersigning are a bell you can’t unring, but the in state crop in Georgia this year is both large and talented. Isn’t it prudent to trim back kids that don’t project as major contributors so that you can sign a larger group in 2013?
I have no idea whether this is going on, of course, but there’s no denying that some things have already changed. By many accounts, Georgia has offered more kids early than it ever has before under Richt. And that’s something which cuts against the grain of a Richt standard – making sure that the school won’t cut the legs out from under any recruit with an offer who wants to come to Athens. Remember when he complained about other coaches coming into this state and handing out offers like candy? Welcome to the piñata party, Mark.
By the way, Georgia will have 73 players on scholarship this season once the kids get here this summer. Barring a rash of injuries, that’s enough to survive, even in the SEC, especially given Grantham’s approach on who plays. So if this new regime is in play, I don’t think the short-term issues worry the coaches too much.
What do you guys think?