Nobody in College does less with more than Kirby Smart, but because he’s in the SEC he gets a free pass from people like Preston @finebaum Because you know, someone has to carry the SEC’s water. https://t.co/oSUKlyECP8
If Smart were a better coach, he wouldn’t have to face Alabama for championships so often. Or something like that. (Which is not to say that Saban isn’t a road block for UGA. He absolutely is. But let me know how, say, Harbaugh would fare against Alabama if Michigan were in the SEC West.)
All this recruiting vs. development crap misses a big point — sure, it’s nice to win a “which team had more players drafted” debate, but ultimately, that’s not what they’re paying Mullen and Smart the big bucks for.
As much as I enjoyed mocking Paul Johnson, from a Georgia perspective, having a Georgia Tech head coach who couldn’t recruit his way out of a paper bag if you gave him a flash light and shoved him towards the open end wasn’t a good thing, because it made the state a more inviting place for rival SEC programs to come in and harvest talent.
Georgia Tech picked up a landmark commitment for its 2022 recruiting class Saturday, when four-star safety Jaron Willis from Lee County High announced his decision to accept a scholarship offer to join the Yellow Jackets.
Willis is rated the No. 17 prospect in the state of Georgia (247Sports Composite) and also the No. 150 overall prospect in the country…
In March, Willis listed six finalists – Tech, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky and Ole Miss. [Emphasis added.]
Tech can make a good living in the ACC with in state recruits that Smart passes on. Good for them. And if along the way the Jackets make life on the recruiting trail harder for the likes of Dan Mullen, good for us.
Fox Sports has two Georgia players going in the first round of this way too early mock draft, including this guy:
1. Detroit Lions: JT Daniels, QB, Georgia
The Lions tore the house down to the studs, and the rebuild began this past weekend with lots of work in the trenches. I’m not sure they’ll reach their projected win total of five, but they will be much tougher physically than last year.
“And Georgia fans, don’t be turds. Enjoy this. Soak it up. It’s awesome. If you don’t win this year, it’s still not a failure. It’s a heck of a run. Back-to-back in the Playoff era hasn’t been done. So, to ask for a third I feel like it’s gluttonous. I feel like it’s not OK. But we’ll be in the mix.”-- David Pollack, On3.com, 5/9/23