Georgia’s current prowess on the recruiting trail, that is. The obvious — Georgia sitting in one of the most talent rich states, the other P5 school not contesting for the majority of that in-state talent, the athletic department devoting ever-increasing resources in support of the staff and the staff’s approach to recruiting itself — isn’t enough for some folks.
There’s the benign explanation, as pitched by a Michigan commit:
While Michigan’s current class isn’t ranked as highly as in recent years, according to some recruits, that could be attributed to the product on the field.
“Recruits go to the mainstream schools that are having a lot of success in the moment, if you look at Georgia and how they’re doing,” said ESPN 300 tight end Mustapha Muhammad, a Michigan commit. “In Michigan’s case, we didn’t have the best year and that’s why we missed on a few guys.”
I’m sure Georgia’s 2017 run has helped sell the product, but let’s not ignore the momentum that was already in place with Georgia’s recruiting before the ’17 season was even underway.
Then there’s the ol’ “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'” spin.
Yeah, evidently that came straight from the keyboard of a moderator of a recruiting site message board.
The point being not that this can’t be dismissed as arrant bullshit, but that with great success comes a target on your back. I imagine the Georgia chatter on the recruiting trail grows more harsh and will continue to do so.