After all when you want to sign one of the most talented players in South Georgia friendship can get in the way. Smart is trying to keep a kid from his old high school – Bainbridge – from signing with his old college – Georgia. Right now he seems to be holding his own.
"Kirby texts me a lot. We are good friends," Baindrige quarterback/athlete Nick Williams said. "I like Bobo, too. The vibe is get with both of them is great. I forget, at times, that they are recruiting me."
The friendship between the former teammates is not lost on Williams, who admits he finds it hard to pick between the two.
"I don't want to let either of them down," he said. "I want to play for both of them."
That's not possible. Smart is in his first season at Alabama, and Bobo is entering his first year as offensive coordinator in Athens. Both are considered invaluable recruiting assets to the programs for which they work. They were quite a recruiting combo the one season they worked together at Georgia.
Still, Williams isn't being recruited by the Dawgs and Tide exclusively. He hears from schools like South Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas (a program with two Bainbridge players on roster at this moment) and Louisville. Williams said the Gamecocks and UAB are recruiting him as a quarterback, but that fact won't get those programs the upper hand.
"When I get to college I will play anything," Williams said. "I appreciate them offering me as a quarterback, but that doesn't give them an advantage."
That's why this seems to be a two-team race for Williams. Bobo has made it clear that he is welcome to come visit Georgia for the team's fall practices, which start in two weeks. Williams plans to take him up on that, he said. But Smart, not to be outdone, has made the same offer, and would love to see Williams find his way to the Tuscaloosa practice something in the coming weeks.
At the end of the day Williams will have to make a decision between the two programs, and the two friends. But if he had his way he would play for both.
"If they were both on the same staff I would have committed by now," he said.