So, while you were sitting around unwrapping presents and eating your Christmas meal, this happened:
Kirby Smart’s first Christmas as the head coach at UGA won’t have an empty stocking. Peachtree Ridge 4-star linebacker Breon Dixon chose the day to make his commitment to UGA.
Dixon tweeted out the news to wrap up a quick commitment. He only received a UGA offer from the new staff less than two weeks ago. The 6-foot, 215-pounder didn’t have an offer from the previous staff at UGA, but Smart made sure that situation was quickly rectified.
“He said ‘If I offered you at Alabama why wouldn’t I offer you here? You know you have a scholarship to the University of Georgia’ in so many words,” Dixon said. “That was what I wanted to hear from Kirby.”
That can only mean one thing. Kirby Smart is such an awesome recruiting machine that he can get kids to commit to Georgia while he’s 100% focused on being Nick Saban’s lackey. Imagine what he’ll be able to do upon going full time in Athens!
Okay, enough with the facetious stuff. Evidently Smart and his staff are able to spend some current time on recruiting, even as he chases a national title for Alabama.
Look, I’ll be the first to concede there are plenty of unanswered questions about Georgia’s new head coach. Who knows how the new staff will wind up looking, whether Smart is ready to make the jump from solid assistant to head man or, most importantly, proves to have a better grasp of details than what did his predecessor in? All are big concerns at this point.
But what I don’t worry about with Smart is the effort he’ll put into recruiting. As well as anyone, he knows it’s the lifeblood of any successful program. More importantly, he’s got a far better framework in place than Richt did coming in to the program back in 2001. If you’ll recall, Richt assembled a staff with zero ties to the state, other than the one holdover on the staff in Rodney Garner. Somehow, that class managed a few success stories.
Smart’s got resources now that Richt could only dream of back then, starting with an enlarged support group for recruiting. On top of that, he’s retained two good recruiters in Rocker and Sherrer and added the best recruiting o-line coach we’ve seen at Georgia in decades. Not to mention that Smart’s ties to the state, along with the recruiting efforts he’s made here for years, are far stronger than what Richt brought to the table when he arrived.
Take it easy, Chicken Littles. It’s not the bringing in of talent that should have you anxious in the short run. It’s what the staff will do with the talent after it gets here that’s the question.