Column: Still going to Georgia for National Signing Day
It was a productive but somewhat boring Wednesday for the Georgia Bulldogs. And on National Signing Day, boredom is a good thing.
There were no real surprises on the signing front for Georgia, as the Bulldogs officially signed 24 players and sealed the second-best class in the country behind only Alabama. The Dawgs came up with three new commitments that were expected in defensive tackles Daniel Harris and Kieron Jones and outside back Damon Wilson On Thursday, they hope again for a defensive tackle Jordan Hall.
The only thing that comes close to real drama came later in the day with the transfer target Travis Hunterwho added his YouTube subscriber numbers—hey, it’s hard to blame him there—before announcing his move to Colorado as expected.
There were no Georgia hats thrown across the stage in a dramatic manner. No parent is unwilling to provide his signature to send his son to Athens. No “will” and then “won’t” leave Kirby Smart and his crew scramble at the last minute.
Georgia has already established itself as a recruiting giant under Smart’s stewardship, and Wednesday’s success only cemented that fact. Add in the prospect of adding Hall on a Thursday and maybe another five-star in February, and the condition of the rich in Athens was quietly getting richer.
Even the fact that Georgia didn’t sign the quarterback drew little anger from the fanbase. Smart mostly brushed off any concerns Wednesday, saying, “I think it’s irrelevant in today’s day and age. The portal is full of them.”
Whether Smart fully believed what he said or was a matter of coach’s word of mouth, she didn’t send any shock about the show. That’s life when you stock up on five-star and four-star like families stock up on pre-holiday groceries.
One of the most telling parts of Wednesday came when Smart was on the stage answering questions at the same time that Georgia was officially announcing its latest signing. As Smart spoke with reporters, the Bulldogs almost nonchalantly rotated four-star Roderick Robinson along with four-star outside midfielders Samuel M’Pemba and Gabriel Harris to push the signing day total to 22 at the time.
is hum. Nothing to see here.
Don’t screw it up: What Georgia accomplished didn’t come easy. Georgia’s success on Wednesday was the culmination of months of hard work from Smart and his coaching staff. The end result, however, made it almost a regular on Wednesday.
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