I urge everyone who’s ever made the comment that “based on recruiting, Georgia ought to be in the hunt for championships regularly” to read this post by Bud Elliott.
Yes, based on the number of blue chippers Richt has signed over the last four classes, Georgia is an élite recruiting program. But, as this chart illustrates…
Blue chip % Odds to make Playoff Alabama 77 +190 USC 70 +340 Ohio State 68 -350 Notre Dame 67 +600 LSU 61 +550 Florida State 60 +260 Michigan 59 NL Auburn 56 +350 Texas 55 NL Texas A&M 54 NL UCLA 53 +600 Georgia 51 +450
… there are four other programs in the SEC that have recruited at a higher level. And Florida would have been a fifth, except for its very recent fall off. You may notice that, with the exception of TAMU, those are the schools that have been crowding Georgia out of what some of you see as its natural birthright. Maybe that’s a coincidence, though.
This would seem to reinforce the background chatter I was hearing upon Pruitt’s arrival about the Georgia roster’s relative lack of strength compared to some of its conference rivals. So perhaps the lesson to be taken from this is that before we rip the coaching staff up for things like lack of preparation, dumb play calls at key times or lack of fire in the head coach on the sidelines, we ought to keep our eyes on the prize.
In other words, it’s the recruiting, stupid.