300

There is a risk of going overboard about the class Georgia just brought in — understandable, given the mediocre season that preceded signing day — but purely on the numbers, by Georgia standards, it’s basically an unprecedented haul that Kirby Smart raked in yesterday.  Here are some examples of what I mean by that.

Keep in mind that’s after Florida’s impressive signing day finish.

More ESPN 300 info:

Smart will wait a long while before determining whether this year’s class is a success, but the Bulldogs inked 18 players who were ranked among ESPN’s top 300 nationally. The only classes with more were Alabama in 2014 and again this year, and LSU last year.

Georgia crossed the 300-point barrier in the 247Sports composite rankings.  In the last ten years, that’s only happened twelve times:  six times by Saban, three times by Meyer, once by Mack Brown, Steve Sarkisian… and Kirby Smart.  Sarkisian and Smart are the only two to pull off that trick without having won a national title first.  That’s pretty remarkable.

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12 responses to “300

  1. The Nelson Puppet

    How many years do you think Kirby’s been waiting to coach a team like this?

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  2. rchris

    I agree with Kirby’s assessment. In some ways Georgia is the best recruiting situation in the nation. It’s a great recruiting state with no significant competition, with the number 1 or 2 recruiting state just to the south surrounded on the other 3 sides by water, and the other 4 contiguous states all offer a significant amount of recruits. Furthermore, UGA has more wins all time than any other programs in the region except Bama and the Vols, and the Vols have a much tougher row to hoe as far as their recruiting situation goes. Educationally, UGA compares well with any other SEC school other than maybe Vandy. Throw in an agreeable climate and a fun college town and you can legitimately ask “Why not Georgia?”

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    • Macallanlover

      I don’t think anyone questions that Georgia is a talent loaded state for D1 athletes, nor that UGA is in a good position to attract these players. But to say “with no significant competition” simply ignores reality. Geographical locations of other well-heeled, equally attractive programs diminish UGA’s edge to a point of it being a free-for-all since these competitive schools not only have un-obstructed access into the state, many are even closer to targets than Athens. I agree “why not Georgia” is fair, but you cannot deny we have as big a battleground as any of the other top states, I would call it closer to a draw. Our staff did as fine of an overall job as could have been done this year, but I wouldn’t expect that same level every year going forward, Depth at certain positions will bite us occasionally no matter how hard our guys work.

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      • Irwin R. Fletcher

        Recruiting in Georgia always makes me think of those ancient maps of Turkey, Persia and the Middle East…there were always 3-5 empires trying to claim the land.

        Sad stat…Since 1980, Georgia high schools have produced 4 Heisman winners (and almost 5 if Watson had won)…Rogers, Herschel, Ward, and Newton.

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        • Macallanlover

          Good analogy, lot of different claimants for the rights to Georgia products. It is the most accessible/vulnerable of all the top producing states, only Ohio compares, and it lacks the numbers of top quality programs as close.

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          • rchris

            Here’s what ESPN thinks about this:
            http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/14312923/college-football-easiest-toughest-recruiting-jobs-1-65
            Everybody has competition, but I’d rather have out of state competition than somebody in-state. I also cited contiguous states as sources of recruits. We can go to Florida and North Carolina for a lot of top recruits, and now Kirby seems to be bringing Alabama into play. Auburn has Mississippi, but Mississippi has fewer recruits than the Carolinas. Clemson also has North Carolina in addition to its home state, but is not contiguous with Alabama and is a little further away from Florida. FSU is close to south Georgia, but has a plethora of talent in its home state so it raids Georgia less.

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            • Macallanlover

              Granted, everyone has competition, especially these days in CFB. I just think you are putting more emphasis on the value of being “in-state” as that has diminished in recent years. FSU actually makes the point, it is not only close to South Georgia talent, it is closer than Athens, and further away from South Florida talent. Geography trumps in-state pride, imo.

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              • rchris

                IA lot of the recruits we got this year mentioned that they wanted to play for their home state school.

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                • rchris

                  Sorry about the “I”. When I was proofreading, I thought that was a speck of dust. With regard to geographical proximity, Rivals used to have this neat feature where you could do a recruit search by looking for a radius of 100 miles or 250 miles around different campuses. When I checked it, UGA always had more 4 and 5 star recruits within 100 miles than anyone except USC, and they outpaced USC by a wide margin within 250 miles. Nearby schools like Auburn and Clemson had similar results to ours for a 250 mile radius, but fell short of us in the 100 mile radius department.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      IDK.
      UT brought 25 Georgia boys to the Classic City. 10 of them played. USC always has 20 or 25 players from Georgia. I looked up Auburn s roster in ’16 and I believe there were 30 from Georgia… 2? from Athens.

      Fulmers entire secondary in 1998 was from Georgia. Jamal Lewis… Future NFL great and winner of Father of the Decade award was from Georgia.
      I think the border states have done well in Georgia. FSU comes to mind.

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  3. roswell dawg

    Prove it on the field. Coach em up. Win.

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