They’re still trying to pull kids in.
Maybe we shouldn’t be so worried about those slots Kirby left open on signing day after all.
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on signing day it was the genius of Smart to hold some scholarships for next year and why waste them on kids that are just spot fillers.
You do understand Williams isn’t getting a scholarship, right?
I mean, I hate to interrupt a good chuckle and all…
Tyler Catalina from URI did.
Right…for one year, as he’s graduating and thus taking a 5th year as a grad student. Big, big difference between that and a low 3 star HS project at best who ends up signing at UCF or East Carolina.
I will never understand why people feel that using all your scholarships means signing guys that cant hack it. just seems weird.
Noone disputes that just saying that we did add a scholarship after signing day
You are right.
UGA hasnt offered or filled any additional scholarships since signing day and isnt currently hoping to fill anymore scholarships before the season starts.
What’s that got to do with Williams?
Even if Robertson and the kid from Grayson sign, there’s still an open slot or two left. And I wouldn’t call either of those two fillers.
It just looks like for all Smart’s master plan talk on signing day, he seems like he knows he needs to fix the depth chart and hasnt stopped working on that.
I appreciate it, but it also makes me laugh at the “keeping scholarships open was my plan the whole time” coach speak.
Robertson’s always been in the picture. Catalina takes a spot in 2016 only.
Kirby’s plan wasn’t to keep scholarships open. It was not to take away spots from 2017 by using them on kids who were stretches in 2016 just to say the class was filled.
Not sure why y’all have such a hard time with this.
The catch isn’t about now. It’s about whether he makes good use of the slots next signing day. Why not wait until then to mock?
why wait when I can easily mock an obviously stupid plan for 12 months.
Yes because with a month on the job, you’re going to get a recruiting class at the level the school needs especially in areas the prior staff didn’t make a priority. I also believe UGA offers 4 years rides which means he can’t drop them when better recruits roll in.
What plan, dude? I’ve never heard Kirby say he was going to purposely undersign. Counting Robinson, there were 6 or 7 guys with papers from us on signing day that Smart would have gladly accepted. That would have put us over the limit. Catalina was a plan B guy when Price didn’t sign. We missed on Brown, and the new staff just didn’t have enough time to with guys like Burns and the OL from Maryland. Kirby just wasnt going to fill ALL the slots with plan B guys. Man, if you hate the coaching change so much that you want to mock a ‘ stupid plan’ that never existed, you should really follow recruiting closer so you will know what you are talking about.
A coaching change was needed and so far Kirby already has a better handle on roster management, scholarship allocation, etc.
If you can heal the symptoms but not affect the cause, then you can’t heal the symptoms.
Sure beats handing out precious schollys to OLs who have to put on 40+ lbs and spend 2 years in the program before they could even think about challenging for the depth chart.
This is another case of the preferred walk-on & Hope scholarship combo being solid gold when used effectively. Well done.
What do you mean?
Hope he comes and does well and earns a scholarship.
And if serviceable this walk-ons will stay 4 years to graduate if not contribute some in their Junior and likely better in their Senior years. He gets his diploma and no substantial scholly number used up. If he loves the Dawgs and chance to play for Smart, he’ll take it.
Kirby is on the mother.
Can he punt?
Coach speak? Meh. This is a great move because it has no downside but has potential for huge upside. Worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work and he doesn’t get the scholarship he would like and in the meantime we get at least an extra practice player. I like that he has no academic issues and is willing to give it a shot in the SEC instead of going the JUCO route. The upside is that he could end up being the gem of the class. I get that he has no *ranking, but he has the kind of size that can’t be coached, enough smarts, and an apparent willingness to work and challenge himself. I’m all for it.
Not that I’m knocking the CMR days, but I don’t remember this happening oftentimes under him.
Hey Matt —and 6 8 340 is 6 8 340 , I would say if he works hard for 3 years he has a chance to be effective
How can this hurt? At worst he is a practice player and doesn’t count against the scholarship limit. Kudos to Kirby for this move.
“... Shoot, why does anybody who’s ever won something do it again? Because it’s cool. So, let’s go do it again. Let’s see if we’ve got what it takes.” -- Stetson Bennett, The Athletic, 3/22/22
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