Kirby Smart explains that Georgia’s recruiting pitch isn’t what it used to be.
The Bulldogs have a strong reputation for putting players in the NFL and it’s something Smart uses when trying to persuade the best prospects in the country to continue their football careers in Athens.
“It’s got a good draft history,” Smart said. “As far as number of NFL active players, I think every team, you always want to know that stat. It changes so much year to year. Georgia’s got great history of putting guys in the NFL, even undrafted guys had a lot of success. Seeing David (Andrews) back here today and the success he’s had, it helps. You try to market that part but so many kids now they want to know about the education and the playing time. They feel like they’ve got a chance at the NFL anywhere they go. I think the better you are as a program of putting them out, it helps.” [Emphasis added.]
If you think you’re gonna shine regardless, it hardly matters what Georgia did to help three-star recruits make it to the next level.