On second thought, maybe that early signing period isn’t so bad, after all.

Kirby’s in a mellower place, which is probably where you get to when you reel in the top signing class in the country.

“I think, for the majority of kids, it is a good thing,” Smart said. “They are able to make a decision at their own pace. They are ready to go. There are some kids that I think might have been pressured into making a decision that they may not have been ready to make yet. They thought, ‘if I don’t take this now, I won’t have it later.’

“I really think the Early Signing Period is an advantage for your mid-major or some schools that do a great job evaluating then another school comes in and last-second swoops up their kid. It is good and bad. I have no problem with it. If it benefits the student-athlete, then obviously, I am for it.”

As he should be.

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11 responses to “On second thought, maybe that early signing period isn’t so bad, after all.

  1. dawgtired

    The success we had during the early signing period is enough to make anyone feel good about the change.
    So the two 3-star DTs we have commitments from but not signed yet, I’m guessing our coaching staff has them on hold until we see what Sandidge is going to do?

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    • Silver Creek Dawg

      Walthour was never expected to sign early. With him being an instate kid, plus former UGA letterman Kirk Warner as his HS coach, my guess is his spot is safe. If we get Sandidge, I assume Davis will be told we are full and will end up at UNC (I hope).

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  2. So wait, isn’t the final signing day when Alabama picks up everybody and jumps to the top of the recruiting rankings? Is there still a chance of that happening, or did the early signing period work against them this time?

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  3. Tim in Sav

    Everyone here always said there was a huge gap between first and third in the recruiting rankings.

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    • In any given year, the difference between a top 1 or 2 class vs a 4 or 5 class might not be significant. It’s when you stack that difference year after year after year. You end up with the 7-10 guys that are the difference in winning it all and not.

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  4. Tim in Sav

    Shouldn’t have said “everyone”, many said that

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    “If it benefits the student-athlete, then obviously, I am for it.”

    Ladies and gentlemen I give you Kirby Smart, friend of the people.

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  6. old dawg

    I like getting the hay in the barn early…Kirby doesn’t have to sit on the top recruits anymore until February…they’re signed and Saban and all the other head coaches can’t grab them anymore…

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