What he likes about you

So, how good is Georgia’s 2017 class?  This good, according to Paul Myerberg:

1. A nearly unmatched recruiting class. Georgia has long recruited at an elite level — but not at this level. Smart’s first full recruiting class was a consensus top-five group, according to every major recruiting service, and will achieve two ends: one, greatly increase Georgia’s depth on both sides of the ball, and two, continue the process of providing Smart with pieces that fit his particular philosophies. This class alone likely won’t vault Georgia to the top of the SEC in 2017; it’ll take time to reach Alabama’s level, for example. But the East Division? This class alone might make Georgia the favorite.

Even with the talent infusion, there is a caveat, of course.

The offensive line. Here’s the Bulldogs’ potential weak link, as was the case in 2016: an offensive line that must take a drastic step forward in nearly every phase, from protecting the quarterback through opening lanes on the ground. though February’s recruiting class included several prospects with immense potential, it’s not a workable solution to rely on true freshmen to plug the gaps on the two-deep. Instead, the Bulldogs will be heavily reliant on their returning personnel to simply improve — a possibility, but it doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence.

But this is an optimistic summary.

— let’s consider the bottom line: Georgia will have the ability to balance its impressive signing class with an unexpected level of senior leadership. As much as the influx of talent and Eason’s projected growth into an all-conference contender, that a number of upperclassmen have bought into Smart’s blueprint is perhaps the most positive factor to consider entering his second spring with the Bulldogs.

Add to that a soft schedule and a weak division and you’ve got to admit there’s an opportunity for that potential to succeed.

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47 responses to “What he likes about you

  1. Beat Florida and everything else takes care of itself.

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    • The other Doug

      Field a solid OL and everything takes care of itself.

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    • Spike

      exactly ee.. Wake me up when we beat Florida.

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      • dawgfan

        Better add UT and Tech to this list also. Lose this year to those two and that’s 3 in a row to Butch and 2 to fishfry. Not a good place to be.

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    • South FL Dawg

      For real. Even if we don’t win any other games, it’s been since 1989 peeps! That’s not all on Richt but don’t underestimate that it looked as if we had turned the corner under him, only to go back to getting blown out again. Don’t know what’s going to happen under Kirby but I have hope again.

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      • Everyone still needs to remember they would play Auburn the week before with no bye week before us before 1990. In the 90s, Florida consistently got the bye week before us and we’re just better. The OBS woke up every day thinking about what he needed to do to beat Georgia. I’m not sure any of our coaches have ever been that focused … yes, I include Kirby after 1 year in that statement.

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    • Agree. Florida is the gatekeeper. If we beat them often, we see Atlanta often. Period. This should be the first thing Kirby thinks about every morning. He should paint the inside of our locker room orange and blue, and refuse to change it until we win 4 straight. Our guys should absolutely hate those guys. Kirby should play the Florida fight song every time he makes our team lift weights or run sprints. By October they should enter that game looking to kill somebody.

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  2. 92 grad

    I could really like Kirby but to date this recruiting class is the only thing he’s done that justifies his salary and position. He is being compensated AS IF he has already won the division and conference and we’re all looking forward to the back end of his deal. The pressure is building….

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    • The other Doug

      Kirby makes about half of what Saban makes. Yeah, it’s still $3+ million a a year, but it’s the bottom half of the conference.

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      • DawgPhan

        So your argument is “yeah our coach sucks, but at least we are only paying him $3+million a year” ?

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      • Macallanlover

        I know there are some who feel there is a correlation of salary to expectations/talent/pressure, but I have just never seen the logic. Certainly folks at the top have more pressure than subordinates, and coaches at a school/program the size of UGA get more spotlight time than someone at Arkansas State, or Georgia State, but it isn’t because they make a higher salary. I expected the same from Donnan that I do from Smart, and he was not paid one million and was also in the bottom half of the SEC salary ranking. I think the exact same level of pressure would be on Smart if he made $800K and was among the top third of SEC coaches.

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        • 92 grad

          FWIW, I do agree with you. If you’re compensated for what you know as opposed to what you do you’re on the right track. Kirby is compensated for what he knows but all my comment was illustrating is that it’s going to be time for some fruit to come to bear.

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          • Macallanlover

            Got it, and I agree. My point was people who excel would do so regardless of being paid one million, or three million dollars. The level of pressure on being a HC in Athens isn’t compensation related.

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  3. UGA85

    Since 1990, we have become to Florida almost what Vandy is to us. Think about that for a minute or two. This game will be the measure of CKS and every coach at UGA until we stop choking on our biggest stage.

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  4. 81Dog

    There is no reason UGA should not win the East this year. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

    Absent a bunch of injuries, bad calls, buzzard luck (see, the carom in that AU game), UGA has the talent, the experience and the depth to win the East. And, to put up a good fight against Alabama (surely Kirby isn’t going to go in there hoping to “play well,” but one would expect us to put up a fight). If we don’t do all that, it kind of circles back to can’t develop talent, or just cant coach.

    Good luck, Coach. You weren’t brought in to win 5 years from now, or to win fewer games. You were brought in to contend for SEC and national titles. Time to start showing you are up to the task on the field. You’re killing it in recruiting, time to stand up and be counted when the band is playing.

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  5. 3rdandGrantham

    To add to this, something I haven’t seen covered much is how woefully lacking the state of Georgia’s ’18 talent is, thus making our recently signed impressive class even more crucial to our overall success. IMO, UGA’s ’18 class will rank — at best — around #9-10 in the country due again to the relative weak state talent, and due to the fact that we probably will only sign around 18-19 or so overall.

    2019 is a different story and could very well equal or better the ’17 talent that was available, so it goes without saying that this ’17 class will be absolutely crucial to CKS short and long term success, both in terms of on the field results and continuing to haul in the talent in ’19 and beyond.

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    • DawgPhan

      already laying the ground work for that throwaway 2018 recruiting class…you guys are always hustling…at least you have that.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Huh? What are you talking about? With our limited schollys next year and weak in-state talent (both of which are true), I’m simply stating how crucial this large haul is for us.

        By the way, its obvious that you’ve missed the myriad comments I’ve made in recent months that, if CKS doesn’t win 10 or more games and get to the SECC this year, his seat should start getting very warm as far as I’m concerned. More so, I’ll seriously question the hire and whether he’ll ultimately succeed.

        Not exactly a hustle in effort to make excuses for CKS; far from it in fact.

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        • DawgPhan

          Your facts are just excuses. Smart needs to be hauling in top 5 classes every year like clockwork regardless of the in state talent pool.

          If he doesnt figure out the classes where in state talent is down we are going to end up reading post after post about how the 2018 class was really the problem.

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          • dawgtired

            While many have their agenda to protect Kirby, 3&G has a valid point here. I noticed a serious lull in DT from GA in 2018. We only bring in one DT this class so we may be scrapping for some out-of-state talent come 2018.

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          • 3rdandGrantham

            Dude, let’s try this one last time: If Kirby doesn’t win at least 10 games this year AND get to the SECC, IMO he should be squarely on the proverbial hot seat. More so, I personally will strongly question whether he ever will succeed at UGA.

            That’s not exactly making excuses and/or treating someone with kid gloves, particularly given its only his second year as HC. I don’t care if his ’18 class ends up ranked #1 or #78; if he doesn’t produce on-field results this year (you know, before the ’18 class is even signed), then he’s in trouble.

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          • dawgman3000

            This coming from someone who probably made excuse after excuse for the last coach for the past decade.

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      • dawgman3000

        Ok, you hate Kirby! We get it already.

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      • I really suspect that Mr. Kirby is planning to take at least 35 recruits in 2019, no pun intended considering the huge highly talented pool instate that year. It would not be out of our mind to expect that. Mr. Sentell anticipates that it can be the year Georgia can out recruit anybody in the nation. There can be a huge number of seniors and early qualifiers potentially leaving for the NFL.

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    • Cpark58

      Maybe, maybe not but fwiw Alabama is currently sitting around #17 in 2018 recruiting rankings but I highly doubt they finish outside the top 3.

      Given Kirby’s intense focus on recruiting, it may be too early to read the tea leaves just yet. There will be a lot of shake up between now and February ’18.

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    • If ’18 talent is down, we’re already behind the 8 ball because a lot of the top talent has committed elsewhere with Trevor Lawrence at the top of that list. This may be the year to spend a lot of time in the Sunshine State or the Lone Star State to pick up players that can fill needs. Therefore, wins and losses in ’17 become VERY important to continue momentum on the recruiting front.

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  6. 69Dawg

    For the love of Dawg can we please cut us old guys some slack. 2019′ hell I don’t buy ripe bananas and you talk about recruiting in 2019. Kirby better win the games he should win this year or screw him. If he can’t beat MSU, UT, Vandy, UF, UK, Auburn and the Turds as weak as those teams will be then fire his sorry butt.

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  7. As a 47 year old- life long (and I mean since birth) UGA fan, I’ve just decided (for self preservation purposes) to assume that no matter what, we will not live up to expectations. It makes the letdowns so much easier to tolerate. I know my family and my dog appreciate this practice. Posts with links like this just make me more sheltered and jaded. I am the quintessential Larry David Dawg- Maybe I should change page name to that.
    The 2017 team must improve exponentially in talent and development from what I saw in 2016 to reach expected levels set forth. That’s a lot to assume don’t you think? I’m not saying we as long suffering fans aren’t deserving of greatness. I’m just saying that winning the East/ beating Florida/ winning 10 games with the 2017 roster seems like the high bar. Yes, they are capable of pulling it off. But they are also capable of a repeat of 2016 or, gulp, even worse.
    If 17 ends up being a dumpster fire, get your pitchforks ready- deservedly so. If 17 ends with 10 wins, SEC East title, etc. my assessment would be that things are ahead of schedule.
    I define my fandom as realistic deserved cynicism encompassed in inexplicable blind hope. As of right now, based horribly poor direction and decision making from a pathetic excuse for an Athletics Director, a coaching staff in dire need of serious improvement, and a slightly better than average group of players, I see another Outback Bowl. Money, something we are proud of at the BM, doesn’t fix all of those problems in 10 months. I also think the Senator is right when he says KS will have to win in spite of his administration- which in my eyes includes people above the BM.
    I’m sure by the time we tee it up against App St, I will convince myself that we are unbeatable, only to kick the dog and cuss out my kids a few weeks later when we crap the bed against an inferior foe. Such is life when you let your mood on fall Saturdays be affected by a bunch of 19 year old strangers. Anyway, I’ll hang up and listen.

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    • “Such is life when you let your mood on fall Saturdays be affected by a bunch of 19 year old strangers.”

      I’m trying my best now to quit allowing that to happen … I feel your pain.

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  8. Got Cowdog

    Yeah, Chris Pittard. It really is just a bunch of kids playing with a ball. Love this blog, the comment section is the best part. (No disrespect, Senator)
    Win or lose I will still have “Bulldog Brunch” to listen to on the way to the farm Sunday morning (mourning?) and Monday I will tune into GTP for the bashing of or adoration of the only team I follow outside of whatever team my son is on.
    To quote the venerable Nuke Laloosh, ” I fucking love winning, man. It’s like so much better than losing!” But ya don’t always win. I’m happy to have the game. And a great place to discuss it, although Mcallanlover seems to be a bit touchy lately. Someone get him some Vagisil, please, and some Kool-aid.

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  9. Macallanlover

    Your “high bar” for 2017 may also be the low bar/minimum to keep the natives calm and recruiting momentum rolling. Last season was surprisingly off but everyone is OK with giving the staff a pass, no reason for that again, time to put some points on the board and get people energized again.

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