I touched on the subject yesterday about how the recruiting process favors the same, limited number of D-1 programs. Here’s another example of how that works, in this case resulting from the brand-spanking, new early signing period.
“Let’s just take Georgia for example,” Luginbill said, referring to Kirby Smart’s 20-man class, which sits atop the team rankings at ESPN and Rivals and is second at 247Sports. “I guarantee you Georgia’s focus in the month of January was on the 2019 and 2020 classes, not this current class. They’re devoting coaches and resources and personnel staffing and all that stuff. They only have to (recruit) on a limited basis for, what, three to five guys (in the 2018 class)? So the rest of those resources are being put forth to get a huge head start, but not everybody has that luxury.
“If you’re a team that signed 11 guys in the first period and you’ve got to sign 26, your resources are spent on the current class while everybody else is getting ahead.”
That’s the team getting the steak knives while Smart’s tooling around in the new Cadillac. The only thing I’m curious about is how long ago Kirby saw this scenario coming into being. I’ll bet it was way before the light bulb went off in Luginbill’s head.