Does recruiting matter? In the SEC? Are you kidding?
It’s almost a requirement to win an SEC championship that a school is located in a state considered among the best nationally producing high school talent. It’s why 81 percent of the 84 SEC football titles (including the last 18 straight) to date have been won outright or shared by schools from the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana, all fertile recruiting grounds.
Whatever else you want to say about Kirby Smart, he knows where the primary focus of becoming a successful head coach starts. And that’s why if he can keep it up, he’s got a legitimate chance of achieving that success.