I don’t want to claim any great insight into the heart of an eighteen-year old football recruit, but I had a very strong feeling for a while that DeAngelo Gibbs would be putting on a Georgia hat yesterday when he made his commitment announcement.
Again, it’s not because I followed his every twitch on social media, or read the services to get their take on things. It’s because I did the math. And the math in this case was pretty obvious:
- Four juniors announcing their surprising returnfor the 2017 season
- Toneil Carter’s de-commitment in response to UGA yanking the offer to sign early
With Georgia having to adhere to the 85-man scholarship limit at all times, there suddenly wasn’t room at the inn for Carter. What triggered the decision by Carter, who Smart, as we recall, ran out to Texas to make a personal plea to stay the course just a few days before?
“Georgia is the place for me,” Gibbs said. “I think it is the best fit for me. A perfect opportunity.”
The Bulldogs held off a strong late push from Alabama and coach Nick Saban for his commitment.
“I’m more than ready right now,” Gibbs said. “I’m so happy about the decision I just made. I had it in the back of my head for at least a week now.”
At least. He’s already signed all of his financial aid papers to enroll early at UGA next week. It’s not so much that Gibbs made Carter expendable as it is that he sucked all the oxygen out of the tent, numbers wise. You may not like seeing the sausage being made, but Gibbs was one of Smart’s highest priorities in this class and he wasn’t about to let the opportunity pass.