For years I had a difficult time really knowing if there was a difference to be said. Clearly, there is a difference now. No matter if you are talking about body types - the maturation of younger players like Charlie Warner and Trenton Thompson - or if you are talking about the nature of the recruiting process in Athens… things are clearly different.
Time will tell if different will be better, but UGA is certainly different for sure under Kirby Smart. I’ve laid out how well the Bulldogs have done in recruiting over time - Kirby and company are hitting at a rate higher than 80% of players signed or committed who are listed in their recruiting class’ Scout 300. That rate compares to the 51% rate that Mark Richt and company hit over time.
If Richt could consistently win ten games with a 50% rate of Scout 300 players what does that mean for Kirby at 80%. Logically you would think that would mean more wins. We shall see. What I know that I have seen is that guys are seemingly more ready for the coming season.
For instance, Thompson is tipping the scales around 295 pounds right now. The coaching staff would like him to play this fall around 310 pounds. So its probably too late from him to get there considering the rigors of the next six weeks, but he could possibly get there later in the season. But with Thompson, who has had chronic ankle issues since he arrived at UGA, has not only trimmed weight with plans to put it back on correctly over the next few months, but he’s also working on his ankles as well.
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