I was going to use this comment from JC Shurburtt as an excuse to post a little recruiting Dawg porn…
Speaking of the Bulldogs, just looking at how they are recruiting, they should be in prime position to contend for a College Football Playoff berth and a National Championship in 2016 or 2017. With Eason in the fold they have a quarterback. Plus, they are loading up on the defensive line when you look at who they signed in 2015 and who they are likely to sign this cycle. It’s an incredible assembly of talent and a tough-to-recruit position.
… but his speculation about where Georgia is headed in a season or two leads me in another direction.
Obviously, it’s a long, long way ’til February, but if he and a lot of other folks who follow recruiting far more closely than I ever will are right, you can make a pretty strong argument that Georgia is on its greatest run of recruiting under Richt. Add to that a sea change in support from the administration, an Eastern division that, while improving somewhat, is still less formidable than its Western counterpart and, finally, an enlarged postseason pool, and I can’t help but wonder one thing:
If Georgia can’t make it into the CFP by 2017, when will it ever?
Okay, take the smartass “when the playoffs expand to sixteen teams” response out of the picture. Seriously, if the stars are aligning as they seem to be and Richt can’t get the program over the hump in the next three seasons, what’s the argument left to make about what’s missing that will get Georgia there?
I am not asking this in the angry “Richt’s gotta go now” sense, nor doubting that he has the ability to get there no matter what (although I’m sure I’ll hear from some of you in one or both of those camps). I’m simply asking if there’s anything else in a structural sense still holding the program back. ‘Cause I’m not seeing one, to be honest.