Groo’s post is a perfect summation of why I don’t waste my time writing about the inner workings of the minds of seventeen-year old high school football players during recruiting season.
Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting
Groo makes some very good points, not just about recruiting, but about the confidence level a lot of people had in the program. It would appear Kirby and the staff and team answered all those questions in pretty spectacular fashion in the 2017 season. I guess the message is “why not wait and see what actually happens before everyone panics/exults?” I guess the same approach is appropriate for this year. Last year was great, there is plenty of reason to be hopeful this year, but let’s see how the games play out before we start booking flights to Santa Clara. Saban famously counsels/preaches/demands “focus on the next play, don’t get too far ahead of yourself” as a way to keep an even keel. Probably a lesson there, too
Couple of thoughts – Kirby gets the recruits he wants and he has a plan that usually works. How many of us thought Eason getting hurt was going to end up with an 8-4 season ? Or the Auburn rematch would be another L? Or the OL would be a strength? Or special teams would be outstanding? Hell he even got the drug policy changed and pushed out UGAs Barney Fife police chief. Kirby has the program rolling and will overtake bama as the best program in the SEC.
My honest-to-god feeling the second Eason went down was nervous excitement……not saying I would have voted for a switch (that never crossed my mind), but my gut feeling was definitely not dread and depression. I had at least heard the hype and seen (cliche warning) what I’d seen at G-Day.
By the end of the Appalachian State game, I knew that it was a legitimate questions as to whether Jacob Eason would ever start a game again for Georgia.
certainly no later than the end of the ND game. Fromm certainly didn’t seem cowed by the atmosphere, and he shook off that one interception pretty fast. His ability to stay calm and execute that night impressed me even more than his bombing App St into submission. I think by halftime of the Miss State game, it wasn’t even a question any more, was it?
Based on many posts to this blog (mine included) worrying about the inner-workings of the mind of a two-year-old might be in order, HA! Didn’t someone say “sports and women make smart guys dumb”? Although there’s always StingTalk to make us look better, lol
I figured in the offseason that a lot of recruits were taking a wait-and-see approach to the season. And if Georgia hadn’t won enough to bring the recruits in, there were likely larger problems than one recruiting class.
Many here panicked too….I told y’all…
Think Groo nailed the concerns early on, and why so many jumped on board as things fell into place. I can understand the reluctance some had, following a class ranked #3, and no titles in a while. Kids might sit and wait to get playing time at Bama, but it was a tougher call in Athens. I think 2017 was such a fun ride, recruits wanted to be a part of the success and celebrate with their home town folks as everyone began to believe. Still hard to believe how many things fell UGA’s way, perfect storm feeling for me.
The worst part of recruiting to me is all the drama queens and flipping late. I hope the early signing period has diminished that forever. They may need to make some adjustments and tweaks, but I hope it is here to stay and we never see the one-day option again.
It is funny how getting the number one class gets other fan bases whispering is Ga doing something under the table. Just got to realize there are way more 4-5 stars in Ga than Miss the year they racked up.
“Those 13 jerseys are going to be around a long time.”-- Brock Bowers, The Athletic, 1/10/23
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