A little Sunday Dawg porn for ‘ya

Via Dawgs247:

Yeah. I was going through pulling some numbers and looking at their classes since Kirby’s been the head coach. I think this is why Georgia made the move from Mark Richt to Kirby Smart, to put them over the hump both on the field and in recruiting. I think he’s done that, or it’s at least trending that way. They haven’t won a national championship yet, but I think he’s definitely improved their roster and it would be hard to dispute that. When you go back and look at their classes- this year they’re probably going to have multiple five-stars. I think (Smart) has signed a top five class every year except maybe his first year where he took over and that was basically a half class in 2016. They had the number one class in 2019. Going through looking at the five-star prospects they’ve signed, I counted 18. I think Alabama had 14 in that period. They had more than Ohio State, also. I would think Alabama and Ohio State would be second and third. That’s pretty crazy when you can come in and immediately sign the most five-stars over a four year span. They’ve had a couple transfer away like the quarterbacks- Jacob Eason and Justin Fields, but even accounting for the transfers, I think they would have the most.

It’s super impressive. That’s one I’ve noted with Kirby Smart back to when he was an assistant at Alabama and he’s transferred it over to Georgia. They can go in anywhere (and recruit). This is Nick Saban’s M.O. with recruiting. They could go in and cherry pick and compete with local schools for the top prospects. For instance, in the 2020 (sic) class (Georgia) signed the number one player in Georgia, the number one player in Florida, the number one player in Mississippi, the top two prospects in Alabama which is never easy to do, the number one JUCO prospect and for the cherry on top, the number one prospect in Rhode Island. Kirby did this when he was at Alabama…

And he’s now running the home state program.  Hubba hubba.

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13 responses to “A little Sunday Dawg porn for ‘ya

  1. Salty Dawg

    I’m feeling things over here. Hubba hubba is right!

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  2. GruvenDawg

    Going from 2nd- 3rd in the SEC east and 3rd-5th in the SEC overall in recruiting to 1st in SEC east and 1st – 2nd in the SEC overall is a big difference. Kirby has taken a top 10 program and turned it into a top 3 program in short order. To top it off he is signing the best prospect he can for each position regardless if the live in Georgia or not. The east is seriously getting lapped in the talent department.

    It really is on another level. When the 247 talent composite comes out in September timeframe it will be very close between Bama and UGA. Kirby’s getting the jimmies and joes the titles will come. Good times to be a Dawg!

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  3. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    When you read this post in conjunction with the one about Cager below, it really is an abundance of riches. Even with the Eason and Field transfers, it is just a situation where we recruited three really good QBs and one won the job. In fairness to the other two, they get to tryout somewhere else.

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  4. ugafidelis

    Holy tomato!

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  5. And he started getting linemen. Finally.

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    • JCDawg83

      This is the biggest difference in my opinion. Richt signed quite a few great skill position players but his attention to linemen, on both sides of the ball, bordered on criminally negligent.

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  6. I’ll always be curious to know how much admin support/lack there of truly helps/curtails HC’s vision of direction of their sport…no matter the national recognition that sport receives…we witness HC’s who build a little clout, then move on to greener pa$ture$, instead of using said clout to potentially force the admin into building/inve$ting a sport up…

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  7. LogDawg

    Is it me, or does the writer have the classes mixed up? Are we not currently in the middle of the 2020 recruiting class…with the remainly guys from 2019 showing up in a couple of weeks?

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  8. Mayor

    Let me be the contrarian here. I really haven’t seen a lot of difference between Kirby and CMR yet. I know I know–247 and all those other rating services say Kirby is crootin’ better but when CMR showed up in 2001 those services either didn’t exist or were not as on top of things like they seem to be now and CMR recruited plenty well, particularly at the skill positions. The first 3 years W-L records of Kirby and CMR are virtually identical. UGA got screwed out of playing in the BCSNCG multiple times under CMR and, IMHO, Georgia likely would have won a natty if the Dawgs had gotten to play in the BCSNCG in 2002, 2007 or 2012. As it stands, Georgia has played in the playoff once under Kirby and lost in the final. I do like the style of ball played by Georgia under Kirby–smashmouth–better than the razzle-dazzle style CMR coaches but that’s just me. I like smashmouth. I recognize others may prefer the other. I’m old enough to remember when everything people are saying about Kirby now was being said by the same people about CMR.

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    • PTC DAWG

      You may need to get your vision checked…just saying.

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    • Dawg1

      The early years of Richt were indeed similar and successful. But then he lost it.

      It sure seems it coincided with Katherine’s cancer issues. But for whatever reason Richt lost a step and the SEC added some studs back into the coaching mix. Saban, Meyer, Spurrier, et al were not the easiest competition when you are in laid back CEO mode.

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  9. Athens Townie

    There is a pretty significant difference in the trajectory (back-to-back seasons of CFP/BCS bowls plus recruiting prowess) and the substantive results (totally dominating the East and playing in a National Championship game).

    Only time will tell, and maybe Kirby will succumb to Richt-ish mediocrity, but so far Kirby has shown a relentlessness and focus that his predecessor sorely lacked.

    “CMR recruited plenty well”? Haha, what? Okay, Sam Pittman is on Line 1 and he’d like to explain the role of the offensive line in American football to you.

    The Richt apologist argument that “we got cheated and woulda’ won it all, 😦 [sniff]” just doesn’t fly. Listening to you, it sounds like we should have three shiny participation “likely would been have” National Champions trophies at B-M for 2002, 2007, and 2012.

    But, hey, whatever makes you warm with nostalgia for Richt era. Who am I to deprive you of that?

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