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Why current Georgia football players will be pivotal to building 2021 recruiting class
Kirby Smart had a pretty good idea that eventually, 2021 prospects would grow tired of hearing from the same coaches over and over again during the dead period that has been mandated due to COVID-19.
Smart made it clear that there was only so much to talk about with recruits and little of it was centered around football.
“There’s only so much time in the day that you can recruit and you can turn a kid off if you’re talking too much recruiting,” Smart said in a radio interview with 680 The Fan back in April.
So in this past week, we’ve seen a different sort of tactic for Georgia to pitch to prospective players.
First, there are the 2021 commits tweeting out various graphics, publicly imploring them to pledge their services to Georgia. A number of Georgia’s 2021 recruits tweeted out graphics of prospects like 5-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims and 5-star linebacker Smael Mondon.
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) May 5, 2020
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) May 6, 2020
But the involvement with regards to players extends to even current members of the team. Maason Smith and Korey Foreman, two 5-star defensive line prospects and major targets for the 2021 recruiting cycle, put out the idea that they would be playing their college football together. Smith and Foreman wondered where that would be and who would team up with them.
A number of current Georgia players — Mekhail Sherman, Travon Walker, Monty Rice and Malik Herring — all responded and let them know that Georgia should be the place for their talents.
Y’all kno Wasssup https://t.co/02CFK9Ae51
— Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) May 5, 2020
Both of yall can come to Athens fr. 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/5VBE3y8XzC
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) May 5, 2020
Need him‼️👀 https://t.co/q1kcgEBDKV
— YTW_44 (@44Ytw) May 5, 2020
As we explain in the video below, current players have always played a key role in recruiting future prospects. But rarely have seen a program get this creative and open about the link between current and future players.
And thanks to some new legislation passed by the NCAA that allows current players to get on recruiting calls with coaches, players are going to play an even larger role in shaping the 2021 recruiting class for the Bulldogs.
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