Those of you who thought Florida had suddenly grown a pair of… um, scruples about refusing to sign the kid who was cited for pot possession while on a recruiting trip to Ohio State need to rethink.
I bet he’s already got Huntley Johnson on retainer.
… but he’s not Rodrigo Blankenship.
Georgia will apparently have a place-kicker on scholarship in 2017.
David Marvin, who has spent his previous collegiate years at Wofford, announced he has accepted a scholarship to attend Georgia as a graduate transfer. He’ll have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Marvin has some impressive statistics to his name. He made 17 of 23 field-goal attempts in 2016 with a long of 57 yards, which he hit twice during the season. In fact, Marvin hit seven field goals of over 50 yards. He’s also a punter, who hit a long of 67 yards during the 2016 season.
Marvin hit 37 touchbacks and made 41 of 42 extra points.
Somehow, I don’t think Ken Blankenship will be impressed.
Talented classes are, in the immortal words of Charles Grant, motivational stones for head coaches like Kirby Smart to deploy.
Then there’s the depth factor. It was something Smart complained about when he got to Georgia last year, saying he felt reasonably good about the top 22 players, but not so much after that.
“There were positions last year we couldn’t make a change. We couldn’t motivate a guy with change because we didn’t have anybody else,” Smart said. “Now at almost every position we hope to have a great competition so those guys are motivated and give a little better effort in practice.”
One such guy apparently being Jacob Eason…
“That’s big for us. We wanted [competition] at every position, especially at quarterback. Everybody’s driven to be great, but they’re really driven when they have a person behind them. Having Jake there is really going to push Jacob — it’s already doing it.”
Hmmm… maybe we really should keep an eye on those G-Day QBR stats this year.
This is how you know you’re at a completely different level from everyone else playing the game.
Parks is rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2017, the No. 93 player overall and the No. 17 prospect in the state of Florida. He’s listed at about 6’3 and 250 pounds. He has at least 32 scholarship offers, including from the highest tiers of each Power 5 conference.
Great prospect, right? Um… he’s not signing anywhere today. Because?
On the riches scale, that falls somewhere between ridiculous and obscene.
This is one of those stats that is more impressive when you look closely.
The 2017 Georgia part, I mean. It took Saban a few years to get cranked up to that level; Smart got there after one season.
And it matters, too.
Now comes the hard part, of course.
They’re going to have to retire the “Best Name in College Football” award now. Forever.
I’m just sorry he wasn’t good enough to catch Pittman’s eye.
Jim Chaney has hopes, just like the rest of us.
Chaney, during an interview with Kevin Butler on the in-house Georgiadogs.com broadcast, was asked about Nick Chubb and Sony Michel coming back for their senior years. It was Chubb and Michel who had that October meeting with Chaney about not getting the ball enough, and Chaney expressed even more willingness Wednesday to change in 2017.
“We’re gonna tweak some things. We’re going to freshen some things up on offense,” Chaney said. “Those kids understand that, and are excited about that too.”
Per Ed Aschoff, just another day in the office:
It’s not even 11 am here in Athens and the Dawgs have 22 signees in for their 2017 class. A staff member told me this was the “easiest signing class I’ve been a part of” because there is relatively no stress for the staff. They don’t expect many — if any surprises — one way or the other…
Should we yawn? Or just settle for pinching ourselves?
It sounds like the Dawgs are still breaking a few eggs to make that special omelet.
Mick and the Stones remind you what the bottom line is on signing day.