“UGA’s staff knows that the talent margin is closing…”

Sucks when a narrative gets its ass kicked:

It could be stated that 5-star WR Demetris Robertson was the biggest recruiting miss of the Kirby Smart era at Georgia.

Robertson, the nation’s No. 1 receiver in 2016 on the 247Sports Composite, opted to go his own way at Cal instead of joining Smart at Georgia in May of 2016. That was despite a deep-rooted relationship with Smart and UGA assistant Glenn Schumann during their time at Alabama.

Well, that can no longer be described as a miss. The Bulldogs were the choice for the prodigal receiver from Savannah to come back to his home state this time…

Robertson, the nation’s No. 13 overall prospect in 2016, now gives the Bulldogs 17 players on their roster that held the coveted 5-star rating from the 247Sports composite.

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38 responses to ““UGA’s staff knows that the talent margin is closing…”

  1. Mayor

    Really happy about this! This is definitely good for the Dawgs but I believe this is good for Robertson too.

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  2. Gurkha Dawg

    Prodigal means ” wantonly wasteful”. Did this young man throw away large sums of money in California?

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  3. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I hope he can play this year, but even if he can’t it’s still a good thing. I wish I knew more about the ‘hardship’ question; I have very little faith in the NCAA – Kolton Houston isn’t that long ago. And I do know that was a different issue, but still, NCAA.

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    • Biggen

      It seems like the NCAA isn’t as strict as it used to be. I have no data to back that up mind you. But they just don’t seem to blatantly say “No” anymore to transfers.

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      • Red Cup

        I’m afraid you are underestimating McGarity’s ability to fuck things up. I just hope CKS can keep that idiot out of it before he self reports something and punishes us for getting a new player.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        They’re spending most of their time in court these days defending their ‘non-profit’ business model.

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    • Silver Creek Dawg

      His mama is in very poor health in Columbus, GA.

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  4. Argondawg

    His highlight film from his freshman year is nuts. Kid can absolutely take the top off of a defense. Put him on one side and Mecole Hardeman on the other. Good luck stacking the box.

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    • Greg

      will be interesting to see how Kirby uses them. Both Mecole and Robertson are slot receivers…but I guess there is nothing preventing 2 in a slot or one on 1 side and the other on the other side as you mention. All that speed will be a nightmare, especially when you look at the rest of our offensive weapons.

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      • Argondawg

        They are both slot guys but if they are both on the field the potential to stretch the field will keep D-Co’s up at night. They can both get behind a D pretty quick. The amount of talent we are amassing is just mind blowing.

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      • Derek

        This kid can easily play on the outside.

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      • diving duck

        On the college level having two guys running sub 4.4s can do a lot of damage on the outside, too. I’m curious to see if they end up playing together. I can see Mecole leaving with a big season this year. Does anyone want to put odds on DRob’s odds of getting a waiver for 2018?

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  5. Bulldog Joe

    Looks again like the work of Georgia staff member Always B. Crootin.

    Outside of Nick Saban, I doubt anyone knows the NCAA hardship guidelines better than good ol’ Coach ABC.

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  6. ugafidelis

    Be still my heart!

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  7. Sammy Dawgshaw

    And when the Carolina chicken fried steaks arrived, she said I like living like this.

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  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    Is the ‘Sandridge’, that the Cock crows about, the defensive end from North Carolina?

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    • David Chadwick

      He is a DT. Kirby needed him, but Carolina did a good job recruiting him. One player doesn’t make a class and I’m looking foward to seeing that play out for the next few years. Just when Boom thinks the talent gap is closing Kirby hits the nitrous. Boom, mf’er. Lol.

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  9. 3rdandGrantham

    We all know SCU fans are and always have been delusional, and frankly UGA could land seven 5 star guys in the coming weeks, yet it still won’t matter to them. Nobody is better at moving the goalposts than them, and they would find a way to convince themselves that our recruits are overrated, theirs underrated, that stars don’t matter, etc.

    For example, their head guy on their 247 site, Tony Morrell, wrote a piece last year this time proclaiming that SCU’s RBs collectively were better than UGA’s, and also I believe claimed the overall talent level between the two programs were equal. This of course was an absurd opinion. And a few days ago, they stated that Muschamp and co. recruited a particular OL harder and smarter than the UGA staff did…even though now that particular OL most likely will be heading to Georgia.

    For SCU fans, it basically is and always will be little brother syndrome for them.

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    • Argondawg

      Their problem is they are the little brother to both the Dawgs and Clemson. Muschamp is coaching his ass off but on the field both programs have substantially more talent and both big brothers are more than equal to the task with coaching staffs.

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  10. Derek

    The Cocks won the ACC 49 years ago. They’re legit.

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  11. Dave

    Wish people would stop misusing prodigal (son). The prodigal son left home and essentially failed or realized he made a mistake, and returned home.

    He tore it up freshman year, and then got injured early soph year. He is returning due to (from what I understand) his mother’s health issues, and a change in coaches.

    Glad he’s come home just the same.

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  12. The Dawg abides

    The blue-chip talent level really is closing! Using the 247 composite, UGA will have 14 five stars and 47 four stars on the 2018 roster. The Cocks are pecking at their heels with a whopping zero 5 stars and 23 four stars.

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    • The Truth

      Which is why I must weigh in with my almost daily admonition that stars don’t mean shit or our coaching staff blows if there’s any way the Cocks come close to giving us a game this fall.

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  13. atlasshrugged55

    Sorry but I’m not a fan. I see him sitting the year, then declaring for next year’s draft w/out every playing a down. Something just smells rotten based upon the original recruitment & how this transfer has played out w/ a stupid video announcement while screaming how “humble’ he is.

    Give me a thousand Nick Chubb’s who quietly go about their business w/ class. Actions speak louder than words.

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    • Greg

      Totally understood, have been skeptical too….hopes we are both wrong.

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    • Mayor

      I think he’s going to have to play at least one more year in order to be a high draft pick.

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    • Something just smells rotten based upon the original recruitment…

      /fart noise

      Yeah – what the hell was a kid from Savannah wanting to go live on the west coast, attend an incredibly good school, and play in an offense that slings the ball all over the field thinking?

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  14. I have no idea if he’ll be eligible in 2018 or not, but I would lean toward yes if Kirby has any idea that he is planning to play for only one year before declaring. I can’t imagine Kirby tying up a scholarship for two years for a kid (who no matter how talented) to play 1. If he isn’t going to be eligible in 2018, I would think he’s going to play two years unless he absolutely blows up in 2019.

    If Kirby thinks he will buy into the team concept and contribute, I’m ready to see him in red & black.

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  15. UGA '97

    This is huge for our depth if he gets cleared. With Robertson, Cheney/Coley can pass and stretch the field ridiculously far and wide to setup the run. Also another fantastic KR or PR option. He took a medical redshirt last year and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.

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  16. Hogbody Spradlin

    C’mon people. Anybody can have a bad century.

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  17. “The key thing to remember is that a student-athlete is arguing that the best thing for the athlete and his or her family is to allow the athlete to play immediately and that the athlete needs to transfer to assist with an ill or injured family member. The NCAA measures this in three areas.

    Nature of the injury or illness: The injury or illness should be life-threatening and involve an immediate family member (parent, legal guardian, or sibling). Waivers that are denied typically involve an extended family member (aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.) unless that family member raised the student-athlete.
    Student-athlete’s responsibilities related to the care of the family member: The more involved the student-athlete is in the day-to-day care for the family member, the more likely the waiver is to be granted.
    Chronology of events: Waivers are more likely to be granted if something changed that prompted the student-athlete’s transfer like a diagnosis, the actual injury, or a worsening condition. Waivers are less likely to be granted if a family member has been ill or injured for a while, and nothing changed that require the student-athlete to transfer.”

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  18. Hal Evans

    One thing to remember with the NCAA is they will never forgive UGA or Oklahoma for bringing the lawsuit which took the TV control away from them, We get screwed over anytime we have to deal with them. EX: Todd Gurley, AJ Green and Kolton Houston.

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