Did Smart take exception to Jimbo Fisher’s comments about UGA and Zach Calzada?
“Jimbo would have done the same thing. Jimbo is as competitive as they are. He’s going to recruit for Texas A&M and I’m going to recruit for Georgia. If we cross paths, we cross paths. I have no exception to what Jimbo says.”
Well, now. Hadn’t heard about that kerfuffle. So what, pray tell, did Jimbo say, exactly?
In the days leading up to the 72-hour signing period last December, Fisher and the Aggies had to fend off a late push from Georgia for Zach Calzada, a 3-star quarterback recruit roughly an hour west from the Bulldogs’ campus in Athens.
After A&M signed Calzada, Fisher had some strong comments about the battle that also led to some inferred points about Georgia coach Kirby Smart…
Georgia came in late on Calzada after freshman Justin Fields announced his decision to transfer. Fields landed at Ohio State. When Fisher was asked about Calzada last December, the A&M coach said some of the recruitment was “unnecessary and ridiculous” to the point of deception.
Fisher said he refuted any doubts and half-truths Calzada may have been told at the end of the process.
“There’s always a little twist to the story from the other side, you know what I mean, that always puts the doubt in their mind,” said Fisher, who also said he wasn’t a “dog-and-pony recruiter.”
Good to see it’s nothing personal. I’m sure Jimbo’s never resorted to anything like that.
Elite recruiting, like politics, ain’t bean bag. Kirby’s probably got a goal to make every rival program complain about his tactics.