Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Oversigning is a good idea
ECDawg has something on it over at leatherhelmet. And while every year will be different, we hope this current season has shown Richt the light (if he's still around) on the benefits of targetting just over 85 on that first Wednesday in February. We have severe depth issues at LB and RB, as well as OL. Issues that might not be here if we had signed like we were about to have a summer full of defections that we all knew were coming in the housecleaning. Or if we had signed another couple players the last few years instead of leaving 3-5 ships to reward walk-ons. But that's in the past, and all we ca do is address the future.
Now, every summer will be different, and last year, we probably needed to shoot for 88-90 because of the likely multitude of defections. Next summer will hopefully be better, although if there is a coaching change expect a similar half dozen or more departures in the next two years. But even if Richt stays, signing for 85 is a problem. Kids do things, and there's a million reasons one might leave early, from the NFL to academics to homesickness and on and on. Targeting 86-88 is just good business knowing that at least 1-3 kids you expect to be there in the spring won't be come fall. You live, you learn, we just wish Richt had learned quicker on issues like this. If he hadn't held to his upstanding morals, which were self-damaging morals, we wouldn't be in this situation. Hopefully the cold-blooded sausage making of SEC football means we'll be delving into the gray a little more going forward on this black and white ethical issue.