It’s not that the previous Georgia staff were bad recruiters. It’s just that it always felt like there was a certain hit or miss quality to their efforts, a certain lack of attention to detail that made you wonder if it cost them at certain times.
Like this story about a Louisiana kid.
Keldrick Carper has a whole new slew of thoughts about UGA football.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder visited UGA last summer for Dawg Night and he didn’t get reps. Too crowded. Long lines. He didn’t get to talk to the assistants he hoped to and didn’t get to chat with former coach Mark Richt. He was sold on the campus, the degree benefits and all the facilities.
He just felt a disconnect with the football team.
Gee, I wonder why.
You think enough of a kid to invite him to a big recruiting event on campus, but don’t do your homework on what he expects to see and hear when he gets there, or have things organized well enough to make sure you hit all the high points with him. Sounds like a pretty effective way to disconnect to me.
The weird thing when you read stories like his and others like the one from this Alabama linebacker…
The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder was prioritized by the previous coaching staff at UGA, but he had a different feeling about the program on Friday when he was back on campus.
“When the old coaching staff was there I got a feeling that I really can’t describe,” he said. “Yesterday it was that times 10. I just feel as if I would really fit in there. It is something about the school and campus that catches my eye every time I’m there.”
… is that it’s not as if they walked away and wrote Georgia off. The common theme seems to be that they liked the program, but just didn’t like the program enough.
You sense a different level of attention at work with the new bunch, as well as better attention to detail (I know, I know… my pet peeve about Richt). We’ll see if it pays off next signing day.