ATHENS — Georgia’s signing class stands at 26 players, which would put it several over the NCAA scholarship limit of 85, at least based on what we know now about Georgia’s current roster.
But Kirby Smart says that won’t be a problem. Asked if Georgia will see more attrition, Smart was non-committal, other than he’s not very worried about an overall scholarship crunch.
“You never really know with the things going like they are in college football nowadays. You’ve got guys who are graduates that may transfer, you’re always worried about guys coming and going,” Smart said, before adding: “But we’ll be fine with the 85.”
Asked if they were done recruiting, Smart gave the answer coaches usually do: It’s never over.
“We’re constantly recruiting, looking for more guys, trying to find things,” Smart said. “It’s an on-going process all the time.”
One area that numbers may have crunched the Bulldogs was at defensive line. Georgia only signed two, and apparently turned away a third, junior college prospect Larrell Murchison.
Smart couldn’t talk about Murchison because he remains unsigned. He did say they’d always like to sign more, but agreed that after signing (and playing) so many defensive linemen last year, they had a limit. They did try on several more elite players, such as Aubrey Solomon, but lost out.
“Would I like to have had more? Yes. Was I pleased with what we had last year? Yes,” Smart said. “But ultimately there’s a limit that you can have and we have a targeted area for each position and we’re kind of on our targeted area at that position. But I don’t think you ever turn down a good defensive lineman. It’s really hard to get those guys. The top five or size in the country are always the most competitive to get because that’s the hardest position to advise.”