Kirby Smart wants Alabama fans to know he’s not a monster, er… negative recruiter.
Some call it call it badmouthing, some call it negative recruiting, and others simply call it recruiting, but it’s very much a real thing in College Football.
Whether a coach tells a prospect that the traffic is bad in rival school’s town or that its university’s academics aren’t as strong as his own, recruiters sometimes do what they can to nudge a target their way.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart, however, says that he isn’t one of those guys. He even says that the kind of kids who might fall for those tactics isn’t the kind of player he wants to recruit.
“Negative recruiting, to me, never works on the kind of kids and people you want in your program,” Smart said on Tuesday during SEC Spring Meetings at the Sandestin Hilton Hotel. “Because if they’re listening to that and they’re buying in to that, they’re probably a little gullible where I would much rather be very honest and open because you attract better quality people who respect the fact that you respect the other people in your league.”
Aw, that’s kind of sweet, actually.
Not sure I’m buying it, though. First of all, who says you can’t be open and honest when discussing the shortcomings of a rival program? In fact, isn’t honest, accurate negative recruiting the best kind of negative recruiting?
Second, if you’re doing it right, you don’t recruit negatively to coax a kid to sign with you; you do so to convince a kid not to sign with that other coach. Anybody really think that a sharp coach who’s been through the SEC recruiting wars as long as Kirby has doesn’t know that?
He’s just trying to he’p kids make an informed decision. Seems to be working well, too.