After a few recent comments about the program’s current level of talent, I went digging around for some measure of quality as to Georgia’s current roster and found that 247Sports is positively scathing in that regard.
That is, if you consider sixth-best nationally to be scathing.
Look, I’d be the last one to argue that there aren’t some obvious shortcomings in how that talent is distributed, or that this team isn’t very young in places where that’s not a good thing to be. (Yeah, let’s not forget the consequences of the vaporization of the class of 2013, ever.) But when you’re sixth on that list and seventieth on this one, there’s a certain disconnect that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
It’s a transitional year and as such I’ve come to grips with not making any major pronouncements about the program’s direction. However, dichotomies like these should be a sobering reminder that talent accumulation will only take a team so far. At some point, player development and sound coaching have to play a part, too.
While it’s too soon to tell in 2016, the question we have to ask — more importantly, that Greg McGarity has to ask — is when it becomes appropriate to insist that Georgia football should be reaping the rewards of what’s been brought to Athens.