Can you feel it?

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.

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37 responses to “Can you feel it?

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Bring on the drama rodent.

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  2. Squatchdawg

    It’s nothing more than people trying to generate content and interest 365 days a year for a sport that lasts 4 months. It’s really getting ridiculous with changing FOA requests, daily podcasts and teams of guys chasing around the teammates of 17 yr old kids to see where they may go to school.

    What next? Web cams at BM to see who’s in the parking lot? I’m waiting for an ambitious reporter to go through CKS’s daily garbage to find discarded notes about play calling.

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  3. Otis Day

    I can think of SEVERAL weeks in this years schedule that may be the most important of the Smart era. None of these young men have played a down of college football yet they are make or break……

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  4. martham1016

    At least they aren’t taking shots at friendly blogs. Offseason indeed.

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  5. reality check here

    Recruit ratings frequently don’t work out. How many 5 stars have we had with mediocre contributions? How many 3 stars have gone on to be world beaters? Hint: it is more than just Pollack.

    I follow it and hope we get Zeus, but I am interested mostly in the result on the field in the fall

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  6. Atticus

    Just ask Clemson fans how important the recruitment of Deshaun was….

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  7. Bright Idea

    Yeah the excitement is not killing me either.

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  8. Dawgholio

    FSF is the typical recruiting circle jerk. If it were all about recruiting rankings then we should have been right there with Clemson last year.

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    • Atticus

      It was one year. It takes several years to rebuild the roster and depth.

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      • DawgPhan

        we have been out recruiting clemson for a while. as in clemson has only beaten us in recruiting once when they placed 1 spot ahead of us.

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        • Atticus

          They had a senior QB that should’ve won the Heisman trophy. They had several NFL players on defense and tons of depth and studs at WR. We had no NFL players and no depth and a poor OL. It doesn’t matter what rankings were when half the players are gone and you don’t have talented players at the right positions.

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          • CB

            “The teams winning national titles are the teams recruiting the best talent.”

            Your quote from above. Seems like you’re arguing with yourself.

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            • Atticus

              How so? We had good recruiting under RIcht. It doesn’t matter if you can’t manage the roster and can’t keep players on the team and build depth (see 2013 class). We’ve had 1 really good class under Kirby, another great one coming in. People say recruiting is overrated, my point being they are wrong, recruiting is critical because the teams winning titles are the teams recruiting the best and at the right positions and developing depth by doing it over a 5 year period. People are judging Kirby by one year and that is plain nonsense. Just tell Clemson “oh its no big deal whether you got Deshaun or not he’s just and 18 year old kid…. or say the same thing with Bama and Julio Jones.

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              • CB

                I’m not disagreeing with you. Recruiting is obviously important, but using Clemson as an example doesn’t help your case. They have under performed in recruiting and still won a title, even Georgia out recruits them. They have been the exception.

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                • Atticus

                  I am using Clemson because without Deshaun they aren’t in he discussion. So one player was THAT important. With Deshaun and fantastic DL recruiting and great depth, is how they played in two title games. You can say Georgia has out recruited them but how many seniors and NFL players were on UGA last year? And that is Mark Richt’s fault, not Kirbys.

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                  • CB

                    Georgia has out recruited Clemson based on recruiting rankings which is the only thing that recruiting is measured by, and that goes back to Richt. Everything after they sign is coaching and player development.

                    I agree that Watson is great and was great in HS, but he was the 41st ranked recruit in his class (should have been much higher IMO, but he wasn’t) and the highest ranked player that Clemson signed in 2014. So, your case still isn’t holding up.

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                  • Clemson also already has commits from 2 of the top 5 recruits per espn.

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  9. Brandon

    In the summer leading up to their senior high school seasons… Keith Marshall was the huge all world NC 5 star while this kid named Todd Gurley was your run of the mill 3 star who could tote the rock but was more likely to play Safety in college. How’d that work out?

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  10. Macallanlover

    Staying in touch with recruiting, without getting sucked in by the extremists, is about as difficult to do as just getting half pregnant. We all know it is important but the lack of perspective exhibited by the recruitniks is scary. Some of these folks are as creepy as stalkers and absolutely think recruiting ratings are pure science and the world crashes and burns on the decision of 17 & 18 year old kids. The only attractive part of being one is they have season that is never ending, not just 365 days a year, they are looking at film on ninth graders. Almost like the season is secondary to them.

    I want Zeus to put on the Red and Black cap as much as anyone, but UGA will not have an issue with quality folks to tote the rock the next four years if he decides to go elsewhere this afternoon. I think he seems a top quality young man, reminds me of Nick Chubb in how he has handled himself. He will make a good decision today, for good reasons, and I wish him well with his choice. And one hour after he makes the call, other predators will renew their pursuit of him because it isn’t ever over until someone enrolls.

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    • Who is Zeus? Is he the top RB who just committed?

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      • Macallanlover

        Yes he is. Big pickup for UGA that might give a little mo to recruiting before some top names get away. White is a humble kid, has loved UGA for a long time. I don’t see him playing games with other schools. He plans to be an EE and be on campus in January. First Gurshall, then Chubb/Michel, now it could be White and ________ (Swift, Herrien, Holyfield?) We have been blessed, and NC has been very good to us!

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        • Nice. Got no complaints about RBs from NC. And for the people claiming that Gurley was a steal, my friends from northern SC who followed that year told me that he was going to be better than KM. He just came from a small ass town. Clemson definitely wanted him.

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  11. CB

    The FSF guys might be likable in person, but they are awful writers. Most of their posts read at a HS level, and those are the good ones. Hyperbole is basically a crutch for these guys and it always has been, so I’m not sure what the big deal is with this article. All of their titles tend to be ridiculous, and their predictions/opinions are elementary. They’re just trying to get clicks.

    I’ll give them this though, they know pretty much everything there is to know about UGA recruiting. If I could give them any advice it would be to abandon paragraphs and go for bullet points. As for the rest of us, just skim their articles for the meat and don’t waste time with whatever they try to pass off as analysis. Problem solved.

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  12. Southernlawyer11

    It pains me when the AJC’s Dawgnation Daily podcast brings on Jeff Sentell. I turn it off every time. It creeps me out to hear a 30 something year old talk about a 17 yr old boy’s emotions as if we’re about to witness a major airstrike in Syria.

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  13. I read the article. Recruiting good players encourages other good players to join them.

    In other news, water is wet.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    Kirby got his man.

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  15. TMC DAWG

    Getting Zeus is a big deal!!

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