Brian McClendon, on Georgia’s accelerated pace of making offers:
Another new thing UGA is trying to do is to evaluate and offer kids at an earlier age. The Bulldogs were traditionally conservative in this area until new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt arrived in January 2014.
“I think it’s where recruiting has gotten,” McClendon said. “You have to jump out there and really be a year ahead of the evaluation process (compared) to where things used to be. You get those evaluations … and there’s no reason to hold back. In doing that, you’ve got to be more sure on a guy as far as what you think he can be down the road, as far as growth potential. But I think it is where recruiting has gotten.”
I’ve been under the impression this was a reaction to Nick Saban, but if you look at this chart…
… through 2013, Alabama’s been about as conservative as Georgia. Not anymore, though. In the case of both schools, it now looks like there’s been a reaction to some of the insane number of offers handed out by schools like Ole Miss (321 for the class of 2013), Kentucky (313 for the class of 2015) and Tennessee (232 for the class of 2016).
But even Georgia currently has six offers out to kids – and kids they truly are – who won’t be able to sign a NLI until 2018. There was a day not too long ago when I never thought I’d see Mark Richt do business like that. Weird times.