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Georgia coach Kirby Smart enjoyed multiple recruiting victories this month.

Georgia, Kirby Smart are too good to allow added pressure from recruiting victories to stunt program’s growth

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Georgia, Kirby Smart are too good to allow added pressure from recruiting victories to stunt program’s growth

Pressure? Please.

More stress? Avoid that mess.

Disappointment? Don’t become disillusioned.

With all of Georgia’s recent recruiting gains, including a super Sunday featuring three commitments that sent shockwaves throughout the SEC, it’s simple to wonder as a Bulldogs fan if all the sunshine will be followed by a thunderhead.

Specifically, this: Will the flood of talent entering Athens create more pressure for Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart to cash in on his riches in the form of multiple SEC titles and at least one national championship? Will all this attention and verbal potpourri become too much?

I don’t believe it.

For one, Smart’s background suggests he won’t allow Georgia to buckle under the additional weight that comes with his program’s progress. After all, he worked at Alabama from 2007-15, a period in which he witnessed the Crimson Tide’s rise under Nick Saban. Smart learned how a dynasty is built from the ground up without allowing peripheral concerns to stunt growth.

Smart learned from the best teacher possible in this area. It’s hard to see him straying from a pattern that has proven successful.

More importantly, Georgia looks too good on paper to experience a massive letdown. The Bulldogs signed seven 5-star players in their heralded 2018 class. They’ve secured the commitments of five such players for their 2019 group, which could feature more big names before all ink dries.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Georgia should roll over a weak SEC East on its way to bigger, Bama-sized spotlights.

Look, my confidence in the Bulldogs’ future is a testament to the way Smart has approached collecting horsepower between the hedges. Who says momentum isn’t real? At the moment, the Bulldogs are like a successful startup company. It’s cool to be associated with all things UGA. College football is about brand power as much as on-field results, and you don’t have to a social media maven to know the “G” is hot, hot, hot throughout the country.

Enjoy the sizzle, Dawg Nation.

The good times will stick around for a while.

Lewis Cine says it was ‘tempting’ to commit to Georgia

It’s wild to think that Georgia’s Sunday splash could have been larger.

DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell has his pulse on the Bulldogs’ recruiting scene, and he reported Monday that Lewis Cine, the nation’s No. 3 safety prospect for the 2019 class, was tempted to commit over the weekend. Amazing, right?

Here’s more from Cine via Sentell:

“Man, it was very tempting,” he said. “I am not going to lie to you. Tempting. It was very tempting, man.”

He is already tight with those new commits.

“I’m very close with Rian Davis and I just got close with the running back John (Emery) this weekend,” he said. “I also got to know the new wide receiver Makiya (Tongue) as well. I got pretty close already with them three boys.”

It sounds like Georgia is in great shape with Cine. Be sure to watch this situation closely for more developments.

Countdown to fall camp is here

Ready or not, the countdown to the season opener has arrived.

This marks the week that Georgia will return to the practice field to begin prep work for the Sept. 1 matchup against Austin Peay. In the coming days, we’ll follow all the juicy twists and turns from Athens on DawgNation.

Before the headlines start flowing, here’s a question to whet your appetite: What is your largest area of concern entering fall camp?

I’d be interested to hear your comments. Hit me up on Twitter (@aastleford) with some of your thoughts.

We spend so much time talking about Georgia’s many strengths, but I’d be curious to know which areas you want to see improved before September.

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