Monday, January 31, 2011
We impact recruiting? Seriously?
We here at Sports and Grits wanted to address a topic that has been raised recently. We have been accused, by both commenters here and those who run well known Georgia-focused blogs, of having a strong negative impact on recruiting. To that, we ask, really? Really?
We are just at a loss of words if someone could possibly believe such ridiculousness. We just hauled in Ray Drew, an All-Everything DE/OLB. Before him came a long athlete, with a need to fill out his frame, for OT in Xzavier Ward. Also this month came commitments from Valdosta's dynamic duo Jay Rome and Malcolm "Tampa" Mitchell, Isaiah Crowell's best friend/cousin Quintavious "Cootie" Harrow, elite Florida LB Ramik Wilson, Atlanta's best CB prospect in Damien Swann, and under the radar Lee County WR Sanford Seay. We're likely to close with arguably the most significant recruits in this class, NT John Jenkins and TB Isaiah Crowell, place South Carolina stud LB Dexter Staley, and perhaps steal DL Jeoffrey Pagan from Clemson, LB Kent Turene from Southern Cal, or DB Marcus Roberson from Texas Tech, among others.
With that in mind, we ask you commenters and any recruit affiliated people that may read this site, just how have we impacted recruiting? If we hurt Georgia's recruiting efforts this winter, who was it with considering how we've landed just about every high profile target we've wanted? Just how can you explain us having an impact on recruiting, like say Mark Richt sitting in a living room, or Nick Saban or Kirby Smart in that same living room. They can watch Georgia, Florida, LSU, etc play, how their players develop, and where they get drafted. They can talk to their current players, and see how kids are treated before, during and after they produce on a football field. So how can this little site, these three guys speaking their minds, have any impact on recruiting when compared to what coaches and players are doing on a daily basis? If this is a class that's been effected negatively by us, what type of all world superstars would Georgia land without us considering the haul they're going to bring in Wednesday, or in the case of Jenkins, soon thereafter?