Kirby Smart reflects on first-ever early signing period: ‘It’s hard to argue with the results’

Georgia finished the 2018 recruiting cycle with the No. 1 class in the nation, ending Alabama’s run of dominance and edging out Ohio State.

However, that doesn’t mean the process wasn’t hectic, as the first-ever early signing period was held in December while the Dawgs were preparing for the College Football Playoff.

Still, Georgia coach Kirby Smart was able to put things in perspective after the craziness, telling Macon.com he won’t argue with the results:

“That’s tough. It’s hard to argue with the results we were able to achieve,” Smart said when asked if he felt the new recruiting setup worked for him. “I think it was a blessing to be in the situation we were in, meaning we lost a week on the road recruiting because of the SEC Championship game. I would think people that didn’t play in the SEC Championship game would get a huge advantage by being out that week, that close to a signing date. That was really kind of two weeks or three weeks from a signing date, and they were able to get a little bit of an advantage. We lost that, but we also gained the momentum of the exposure. So I liked that part of it.”

Smart went on to say that coaches aren’t the ones who should be deciding whether it was a good idea or not, saying that it should be about what works best for the players.

Georgia is already off to a hot start for the 2019 class, so it’ll be interesting to see how this cycle plays out now that teams have a better idea of what to expect.


Source: Saturday Down South

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