Stars in their eyes

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.

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7 responses to “Stars in their eyes

  1. JCDAWG83

    Kids putting emphasis on the education; hmm…maybe the scholarship IS worth something after all?

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  2. Spike

    The “Star” ranking system for players leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT.

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  3. 92 grad

    If it were me to do recruiting I would focus on 1) at Uga you can go as far as you want to go and we’ve demonstrated that consistently over the years 2) sec football and all that comes with it 3) playing time 4) Athens and the university and all that comes with it 5) red and black go well together 6) orange sucks.

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  4. Recruiting is very important….I am sure Kirby is changing what he needs to say in a recruits house.

    Most importantly…..we need to make sure we have coaches telling players the right thing on the field……maybe re-look at our OC.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    UGA has certainly sent the nfl a load of talent over the past few decades. We could run off names all day, from Terrell Davis to Richard Seymour to Champ Bailey to Thomas Davis, etc., etc.

    I wonder if some of our nfl players look back at their UGA time and ask themselves, ‘why didn’t the team do better?’. Why couldn’t we win more with players like Stafford, Moreno, Gurley, AM, Jarvis, AJ, Atkins, etc.? I don’t believe it was from lack of effort from the players. Now that would be an interesting question.

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    • 92 grad

      I find it odd that no former Georgia player in the NFL ever says anything to anybody about anything from college, at least publicly. I know some guys get burned or just naturally are ready to leave school behind but how is it that no one ever says anything like “Georgia was a great place for me and I think it was perfect for my development “.

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    • dawgman3000

      “Why couldn’t we win more with players like Stafford, Moreno, Gurley, AM, Jarvis, AJ, Atkins, etc.? ”

      I wouldn’t be surprised if those same players asked themselves that question?

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