You know how to *take* the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation.

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.

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23 responses to “You know how to *take* the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation.

  1. Dolly Llama

    “Call me Kirby, son.”

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  2. HVL Dawg

    You are now drinking koolaid from 16 year old boys.

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  3. Walt

    Not much sugar in that Kool-Aid.

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  4. Hardcoredawg 93

    This is so refreshing to read. Recruiting is going to finally live up to its potential.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    I think Kirby’s approach to bringing in recruits in small groups or one at a time is far better than inviting a large batch for a big event. It’s the difference of a one-on-one weekend versus a booth at a convention.

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    • Mayor

      Both have their place. Sometimes you can get a whole bunch of recruits together, leaders form right there, and then if the leaders commit others follow suit. I am concerned about the Carper story though. And it is just sooooo Mark Richt-like. Sort of like having a brilliant game winning drive, then not spiking the ball and the clock runs out on the 5 without scoring the winning TD. Every day that passes I feel better that he’s gone.

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      • Red Cup

        Come on man. If you can’t see both ways you ain’t lookin

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        • amen. so tired of this argument.

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        • Mayor

          If it only happened one time I would agree with you, but things like that happened too many times under CMR. Remember the Auburn game in 2001? A harbinger of things to come. If you read up on the way end of game situations are supposed to go down CMR played the end of game scenario in the 2012 SECCG exactly right–if he had a timeout left. With no timeout he has to spike the ball, huddle up and tell everybody NOT to catch the ball unless they are in the end zone. That’s my point (and the Senator’s apparently as well if you read the end of his post above). CMR gets things 90% right then screws up a detail that ruins everything–like this Carper business. I stand by what I said. I’m glad he’s gone.

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          • If you read up on the way end of game situations are supposed to go down CMR played the end of game scenario in the 2012 SECCG exactly right–if he had a timeout left. With no timeout he has to spike the ball, huddle up and tell everybody NOT to catch the ball unless they are in the end zone. That’s my point (and the Senator’s apparently as well if you read the end of his post above).

            I’ve always said Richt’s decision not to spike was defensible in that situation, Mayor.

            Now if you want to talk about how the bowl game against Michigan State played out in overtime…

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            • Mayor

              Sorry, Senator. I wasn’t trying to imply you were in my camp on the “spike it or don’t spike it” thing. I was referencing the “attention to detail” thing and I agree with you totally on that. I also hope I didn’t come across as harsh vis-a-vis Mark Richt. He’s a great guy and a very good head football coach. Miami is lucky to have him and I wish him nothing but success there. But it really was time for him to move on–a little too much baggage in Athens.

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  6. JarvisCrowell

    Honestly if CKS can be even close to CMRs coaching ability, while keeping up this level of recruiting effort I think the future is gonna be very bright for the dawgs.

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    • Mayor

      Honestly if CKS can be even close to CMR’s coaching ability, while keeping away from game-losing end-of-game screw-ups, I think the future is gonna be very bright for the dawgs.

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  7. lakedawg

    Every school that changed coaches last year is saying the same thing. Check any board that has a new coach and we are doing this and this and this so much better than old staff. Why did we finish 7th last year year mainly achieved by old staff, we will see how much higher we finish in February. And who is that school sitting 3rd right now in 247 rankings?

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  8. Normaltown Mike

    A friend of mine is a joynalist and spoke with a (recent) former Georgia player about how involved CMR was with players. The guy showed a recent text from Dabo Swinney’s wife (the school that the player did NOT attend) wishing him well then pointed to CMR and said “I never MET that dude’s wife ONCE”.

    Do you need to become buddies with these guys and exchange emoji’s with them? IDK.

    But I know CMR wasn’t even trying to play that game.

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    • 92 grad

      I know one thing for sure, the star players (qb, RB, K) knew CMR but I do feel that the team as a whole kind of quit playing hard for him. I think we had individual units playing hard for their coordinators but the lack of total team synergy really started showing after 2012.

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  9. lakedawg

    Guess that player never got a drink of water during a ball game,

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  10. 92 grad

    This stuff is bugging me now. I’ve got a problem with the CEO attitude taken by a few college football coaches. The CMR strategy to pull himself back from coaching and installing layers of coaches between him and his team never did sit well with me and I remember having negative notions toward the tendency. It just never fit with who he really is. I hope I don’t see Kirby do the same thing. College ball is not like a military unit. If you’re an E-4 or below you just do not speak to an O or E-7 and up. If you do you’d better have a damn good reason. I think mark set himself up like this a bit too much, the respect has to be there but the distance has got to be very short. I hope Kirby keeps things like this in front of him and in perspective.

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  11. CB

    The first bit about Carper is a legitimate issue, then again so is Kirby Smart flat lying to the media amid a seemingly small controversy when Turman was released. Every coach has his strengths and weaknesses.

    The second example sounds a lot like happy talk.

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