Category Archives: Recruiting

Maybe he’s just getting warmed up.

Hey, remember that whole “don’t judge Dan Mullen’s recruiting by MSU, ’cause Starkville” narrative?  Well…

I know it’s a long way to December/February, but don’t you think a few Gator Nation assholes are puckering just a wee bit over that news, especially since Florida sits 29th in those same rankings?

Maybe Mullen’s better than he showed at his old gig, but is he better than FSU or Miami?  Great recruits are more plentiful in the Sunshine State, but so are the great recruiters.

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We’re gonna need a bigger hat ceremony.

You knew this was coming.

Yep, that’s a high school junior announcing his commitment to transfer to a different high school.

When you’ve got college coaches making offers to eighth graders, I can only see this as an inevitable result.

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“He said I’d be a perfect fit at an ACC school.”

Georgia Tech just offered a quarterback who (1) doesn’t have a rating from any of the recruiting services; (2) has one other offer from Tennessee Tech, an FCS team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2011; and (3) plays at a program that in 12 years of existence has yet to see one of its kids play at either the FBS or FCS level.

Either this turns out to be one of the greatest recruiting underdog stories of all time, or the perfect encapsulation of Paul Johnson’s mad recruiting skillz.

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Don’t bury me, ’cause I’m not dead yet.

A few commenters here were bold enough to predict that this year’s finish in the recruiting rankings indicated something big:  that Alabama’s obscene run was over for good, Kirby being the new sheriff in town and all that.

Not so fast, my friend.  Nick is still Nick, it appears.

With Eboigbe’s commitment, Alabama separates even further from second place Oklahoma in the 2019 recruiting race. After struggling in 2018 to get as many interior lineman as Saban wanted, he’s come back with 4 commits in Eboigbe, Antonio Alfano, Rashad Cheney, and DJ Dale.

Alabama’s 2019 class sits at number on in ESPN’s recruiting ratings and in 247 Sports’, as well.  This is not to say Georgia isn’t doing well — the Dawgs sit at fourth in the former and sixth in the latter (with the highest average) — but the idea that Kirby would ruin Saban on the recruiting trail sure seems like wishful thinking at the moment.

Especially when you see something like this…

Saban is also making a statement in the state of Georgia after Kirby Smart was seen to have put a fence around the state last year. Eboigbe is the 4th Georgia player to commit to Alabama, and the 3rd in the top 15 in the state.

… and wonder if Smart’s success in 2018 may have charged up his mentor.

Saban is just a different beast and it might be wise to keep that in mind.

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Keeping up with the Sabans

Of all the things I’ve written about the Georgia Way, this may have been the most prescient.

If you manage an SEC football program, there’s a difference between being committed to winning and being financially committed to winning. Everybody wants to win. The hard part is figuring out how to allocate resources to make sure that happens. And, no, that doesn’t mean spending money like a drunken sailor. (We’re looking at you, Tennessee.) It simply means that if you think your rightful place is among the Alabamas, Floridas and LSUs of the world, you’d better take a hard look at what they’re doing and make sure you’re giving your coaching staff the opportunity to keep up with them.

Are things on a better track now? Hard to say. Yes, spending on certain things has crept up, but look what it took to get B-M’s collective head out of its ass. And the jury is still out on whether the increase is being spent wisely.

I posted that on November 30, 2015.  I only mention the date so you can see how it fits in with something David Ching wrote about recruiting spending over the period of 2012-2017:

Saban’s employer, Alabama, ranked third among NCAA Power Five athletic departments in men’s recruiting spending in the five-year academic period between 2012-13 and 2016-17. In that time, Alabama (which averaged $1,815,354.40 per year in men’s recruiting expenses) won four men’s NCAA titles: two in football and two in men’s golf.

Alabama’s neighbors and fellow big spenders were not so fortunate on college athletics’ various fields of play.

According to spending figures available on the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics analysis database, the top four was comprised entirely of SEC programs: Tennessee (five-year average of $1,920,789.80 in men’s recruiting spending), Georgia ($1,897,805.80), Alabama and Auburn ($1,815,354.40).

Aside from conference membership, what those schools joining Alabama on the list have in common is that Saban is their toughest opposition on the recruiting trail. They have to spend big in an attempt to keep up with Saban and his Crimson Tide juggernaut, which just claimed its fifth NCAA football title in the last nine seasons.

What those schools do not have in common with Alabama is anything in the trophy case that justifies all of that spending. Over this five-year period, Alabama’s three SEC cohorts atop the list combined for zero men’s NCAA titles, and two of them (Tennessee and Auburn) were just a shade over .500 in football. Auburn did win the 2013 SEC football championship and play for that season’s BCS title, but that was all the trio had to show for its major sports.

With regard to that last sentence, things changed in the next academic year, as we all know.  Which, to reiterate another point I made, is a good indication that (1) Kirby Smart has a clue and (2) Butts-Mehre has finally seen the wisdom of deferring to someone who has a clue.  Both are grounds for considerable appreciation.

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Kiss of death

Hey, I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade about the Plumlee commitment.  Getting a four-star commitment at quarterback for the 2019 class in the face of two five-stars on the roster is a helluva feather in Kirby Smart’s cap, but when you’ve got Tom Luginbill taking a victory lap for you…

Continue reading to see why ESPN 300 prospect John Rhys Plumlee is exactly what the Bulldogs need at QB in this class…  [Emphasis added.]

… well, let’s just say that could take a little bloom off the rose for me.

(I keed, I keed — I think.)

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Nice Father’s Day gift

TFW a big ass, four-star offensive lineman — excuse me, another big ass, four-star offensive lineman — commits.

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