There’s another reason I don’t care to get in the weeds figuring out what each twitch from a recruit means. It’s a not-seeing-the-forest-for-the-trees kind of thing for me – what one recruit may or may not do doesn’t matter in the vast scheme of things. It’s the overall quality of the signing class that counts and the consistency of a program’s recruiting that is how success should be measured.
And that’s not something you can get a handle on until signing day, if then. Because some five-stars don’t pan out, while some sleepers do. (Although there’s a reason top programs chase top recruits – the odds for success are better.) Even so, there’s always the chance, as we know, that it never comes together completely: “The only “five-star” teams that never played for a title in the BCS era are Georgia and Michigan…”. Just another reminder that while recruiting counts big, roster management counts bigger and that’s an area where Mark Richt merits all the criticism he’s had lobbed at him over the years.
Happily, that appears to be on the mend. And that’s what I’ll look at in a week. Did Georgia do a good job overall filling its needs, both from a quality and a quantity standpoint? If so, the rest doesn’t matter to me.
So, wake me when it’s over. I’ll get off my soapbox then.