I like the guys at Field Street Forum, but I gotta tell you, when you bring yourself to ask if this last week of June is the most important week of the Smart era, seeing recruiting revved up to fever pitch is the kind of thing that makes me a little uncomfortable.
Yeah, I get the wisdom that recruiting is the lifeblood of any major program, but there’s something about getting more pumped up about the recruiting rankings than the conference rankings that’s never sat right with me.
More than that, this constant chase for reinforced gratification — what have you done for us lately, Kirby? — is unnerving. Is the potential list of verbal commitments, starting with Zamir White, we may hear about this week really more important than whom Georgia pulled in on signing day this past February? What about in, say, November, when there’s another group of elite recruits ready to make their decisions? Will that become the new most important week of Smart’s career?
I’m not trying to be a jerk here. It’s the offseason and lots of us are looking for CFB summer entertainment. As I’ve said, FSF does a good job of it, as far as that goes. But this elevation of verbal commitments that could easily change in the following months (how ‘ya doin’, Toneil Carter?) to a level of drama that’s little short of apocalyptic is another reason why I can’t bring myself to follow recruiting before signing day that closely. YMMV, of course.