Cast of thousands

Kipp Adams takes a look at the list of kids who de-committed from Kirby Smart and the tl;dr version of the ones who never came back (like Adam Anderson) is pretty simple:  DeVonte Smith and everybody else.

Sure, some of those kids still have a shot at good college careers, but the story here is that Smart’s got a pretty decent track record for recognizing talent.

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21 responses to “Cast of thousands

  1. dawgfan1995

    Other than DeVonta Smith, the only other guy I’d really like to have from that list is John Rhys Plumlee.

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    • dawgfan1995

      I say that only because, in retrospect, it would have been interesting to have someone like Plumlee to be able to come in and mix things up between running QB and non-running QB. Not sure if Kirby/Coley would have used him like that at all, though.

      I guess it’s his athleticism that makes him intriguing. He’s not a pocket passer, though, so perhaps he would have crashed and burned at UGA as a frosh and ended up either in the portal or in the Dawgs’ outfield rather that the Dawgs’ backfield.

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  2. CB

    Could have used Deejay Dallas and Elijah Moore at receiver this season. Wouldn’t hurt to have Haselwood either. Rhys Plumlee was a clear miss, but also a rare one so I’m not complaining.

    I did find myself sitting in the stands in Knoxville wondering how the 2019 offense would look with a senior wr named Marquez Callaway that Kirby wanted as a DB. Imagine him and a healthy Cager on the outside with Pickens coming along. Could have been a heckuva combo for Fromm.

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  3. CEPH

    Plumlee would have been here if Kirby hadn’t stuck his foot in his mouth and wanted him to greyshirt. Bad mistake!!!!!!

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    • The Plumlee love is amazing, considering he doesn’t fit in with what Georgia runs on offense.

      Let’s see how he does at Ole Miss this year, with no RichRod calling plays.

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      • Atticus

        Agree I dont get the Plumlee hype. Good talent but not at ALL an elite QB.

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      • FlyingPeakDawg

        You don’t think Kiffen will know how to use that kind of talent?

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      • CB

        Is Mathis definitely a better fit?

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        • Than Plumlee? Definitely a better thrower…

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          • CB

            Mathis HS senior passing numbers – Completed 62.5 percent of his passes in 2018 for 1,509 yards and 20 TDs

            Rhys Plumlee HS senior passing numbers- 2,834 yards with 33 TDs and 3 INTs with 64.3% completion

            Plus, Plumlee rushed for more than twice as many yards in his senior year as Mathis rushed for throughout his entire HS career.

            U sure about that? Maybe Mathis faced better competition? That wouldn’t be hard to believe, but there is still is pretty big discrepancy.

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            • I’ve watched them both throw. Yes, I’m sure that Mathis’ mechanics are better and his arm is stronger.

              Plumlee finished with a 108.43 passer rating last year.

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              • CB

                Seems tenuous given that you’ve only got Mathis’ HS highlights (ignoring raw numbers) and G Day QBR to go off of. Begs the question if Mathis is a better fit then why did Kirby (the ultimate evaluator) prefer Rhys Plumlee as an early enrollee?

                Passing acumen aside, Rhys Plumlee does Johnny Manziel/Mike Vick things in the playmaking department.

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                • Passing acumen aside…

                  LOL. I give up.

                  You’re right — if passing ability doesn’t matter, then Plumlee’s the better passer. 😉

                  BTW, Smart didn’t want Plumlee as an early enrollee. He wanted him to blueshirt.

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                • CB

                  Of course passing matters. I was just trying to figure out which metric you were judging by. Scrimmage stats and eye tests aren’t all that convincing given that Plumlee was hands down the better high school passer by every metric.

                  My understanding of the Plumlee recruitment is that Kirby wanted him to enroll early, but Plumlee opted to stay and play his senior year of baseball. With Justin Fields leaving Smart opted to sign Mathis as an early enrollee and offer Plumlee the blue shirt option. Which tells me Kirby preferred Plumlee overall but valued Mathis as an early enrollee more.

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                • Silver Creek Dawg

                  I would disagree. Kirby DID want Plumlee to EE; the kid wanted to stay in HS and play his senior year of baseball. For that to hapen, Kirby told the kid he had to blueshirt; the kid said no and decommitted.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Smith would have been a huge help based on what we saw from him this past season (let’s not forget, so would Holloman). But so many base that on the significance of 2nd and 26. Imo, that play happens with a pretty average receiver, he was wide open due to Parrish/Sanders/Smart’s screw up. Didn’t take a great receiver, or QB, to pull that off; it was uncontested at both ends of the play.

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  5. Normaltown Mike

    Interesting that in that 2015 class, 2 guys ended up at Southern. Both were from GA and none have distinguished themselves.

    Maybe Kirby casting a wider net for 4&5* vs the “home grown 3* with a 5* heart” strategy has some merit

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  6. Jack Klompus

    DeVonte was the only one, I believe, that wasn’t Billy Bobbed.

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