I’ve always been a little skeptical about the concept. If you have an offer and you want to go to the school, why stay silent about it? (Trent Thompson, the exception that proves the rule, differs.) But…
There have been rumors swirling that Kirby has a bunch of silent commitments for the 2017 class sitting in his pocket, cards that he intends to play as he needs them for momentum purposes. And maybe that’s what we just saw happen yesterday.
Georgia didn’t strike out completely in receiver recruiting Sunday.
The Bulldogs picked up a verbal commitment from Pace Academy wideout Trey Blount. Blount is considered a four-star receiver, according to the 247Sports.com composite, and holds offers from at least 27 college programs…
Blount’s news came a few hours after the nation’s No. 1 receiver in the class of 2016, Savannah Christian Prep’s Demetris Robertson, announced he would play for California over Georgia and Notre Dame.
Good timing. Blount says he was a silent commitment for a couple of weeks before announcing: “I have been silently committed to Georgia for a while now, since the Wednesday after G-Day.”
The truly impressive thing here isn’t that these silent commitments exist; it’s that Smart is evidently able to impose enough discipline on the process to control the timing of when the public announcements are made. Maybe that’s the best indication of all that these teenagers are buying in to what’s happening at Georgia.