Category Archives: Recruiting

“So we’ll be prepared for it.”

Kirby Smart is ready to join the land rush if the NCAA doesn’t move to restrict satellite camps.

“We’ve looked into it as a staff, we’ve got a plan ready to kick in if it happens,” Smart said after practice Tuesday…

“We’ve got to be prepared,” Smart said . “That’s there and it’s like waiting in the brink and it’s like who’s going to be first and who’s going to go where…but we’ve got to be careful because we’re not going out right now and saying where we’re going. If it happens, we’ll be ready for it. We’ve got some decisions to make because it’s tough decisions.”

Beyond channeling his inner Boy Scout, what’s different about Smart’s tone there is that he’s not approaching this as if it’s merely a veiled threat about what’s going to happen if the NCAA doesn’t put its foot down on Jim Harbaugh’s neck.  (Smart on Harbaugh’s and Meyer’s satellite camp plans:  “I think it’s very smart on their part,” Smart said. “They’ve got a right to do it and like I said we’ve got a plan ready. You’ll see soon enough.”)

He just recognizes this as another area he can’t allow himself to be bringing up the rear.

“Ultimately, every SEC schools wants these kids on their campus,” Smart said. “I don’t want to have to go to them, but if it gives somebody a competitive advantage to go to them then we may want to do the same thing.”

A Boy Scout’s gotta do what a Boy Scout’s gotta do.

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“This is not a splash move by Georgia for headlines.”

Take that, Jim Harbaugh.

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In today’s further adventures of “you get what you pay for”

Actually, this is why you shouldn’t spend money on recruiting services.

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You know how to *take* the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation.

It’s not that the previous Georgia staff were bad recruiters.  It’s just that it always felt like there was a certain hit or miss quality to their efforts, a certain lack of attention to detail that made you wonder if it cost them at certain times.

Like this story about a Louisiana kid.

Keldrick Carper has a whole new slew of thoughts about UGA football.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder visited UGA last summer for Dawg Night and he didn’t get reps. Too crowded. Long lines. He didn’t get to talk to the assistants he hoped to and didn’t get to chat with former coach Mark Richt. He was sold on the campus, the degree benefits and all the facilities.

He just felt a disconnect with the football team.

Gee, I wonder why.

You think enough of a kid to invite him to a big recruiting event on campus, but don’t do your homework on what he expects to see and hear when he gets there, or have things organized well enough to make sure you hit all the high points with him.  Sounds like a pretty effective way to disconnect to me.

The weird thing when you read stories like his and others like the one from this Alabama linebacker

The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder was prioritized by the previous coaching staff at UGA, but he had a different feeling about the program on Friday when he was back on campus.

“When the old coaching staff was there I got a feeling that I really can’t describe,” he said. “Yesterday it was that times 10. I just feel as if I would really fit in there. It is something about the school and campus that catches my eye every time I’m there.”

… is that it’s not as if they walked away and wrote Georgia off.  The common theme seems to be that they liked the program, but just didn’t like the program enough.

You sense a different level of attention at work with the new bunch, as well as better attention to detail (I know, I know… my pet peeve about Richt).  We’ll see if it pays off next signing day.

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‘Well, you were an insubstantial player with insubstantial offers from an insubstantial school.’

If you love unflattering stories about Urban Meyer, then you’ll enjoy this one.

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Coming soon, to a Gwinnett County high school near you

Maybe Kirby Smart can chime in with a “We’ll handle it. And it’s going to be a big deal.” about this.

If that doesn’t work, they can always try going back to the General Assembly again.  Gotta keep that playing field level, boys.

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Friday morning buffet

Anyone hungry?

  • Another day, another athletic department in trouble with the Feds for something gender-based.
  • If anyone at Tennessee had a sense of humor, they’d let Fulmer present this award.
  • Jacob Eason, third-teamer.
  • Evidently we’re now at a point when Jim Harbaugh’s had enough “feuds” on Twitter that they can be ranked.
  • That probably explains why I’ve become jaded about stories like this.
  • I guess this stands as the highlight of Dylan Thompson’s career.
  • You a parent who’s worried about football and brain injury?  Well, Bruce Arians has some advice for you:  “people who say ‘I won’t let my son play it’ are fools.”  I guess that ends that discussion.
  • John Theus played through a rough season, physically speaking, last year.
  • And here’s a PSA (i.e., I have no financial interest in this) for those of you looking to find accommodations in Athens for G-Day.  Rent Like a Champion is a site that bills itself as a sort of “Airbnb, but with a primary focus on college football games”.  G-Day listings are here.  (BTW, if anyone uses the site, please report back here on your experience.)

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