ATHENS — Kirby Smart couldn’t help but laugh when asked what his pitch was for super recruit Demetris Robertson, who visited this past weekend with his entire family.
“I feel like we’ve been pitching it for a long time, man,” Smart said with a chuckle after Georgia’s practice Friday. “We just keep pitching it and pitching it.”
Smart actually has been recruiting the state’s No. 1 wide receiver since Robertson was in the ninth grade. Smart first met Robertson when Smart was Alabama’s lead recruiter and Robertson was still thinking defensive back might be his best option.
Four years later, Robertson remains the only high-profile 2016 recruit in America who still hasn’t signed with anybody. And he happens to play a position at which Smart and the Bulldogs have a tremendous need.
Asked what he thought of Robertson, who signed a financial aid agreement with Georgia last week, Smart said simply, “fast.”
“We need speed,” Smart said. “He’s a really talented player that we’ve obviously recruited really hard. I’ve had a relationship with the kid since his ninth-grade year when I was at Alabama. … We think a lot of him talent wise. He actually at a time wanted to be a DB. He sometimes goes back and forth on that. But he is a talented, fast guy, 10.5, 10.4 100-meter guy who can really stretch the field. And he’s a competitor.”
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) March 20, 2016
As for his pitch here at Georgia, Smart has been hitting Robertson hard with UGA’s prowess as an academic institution. He said he had his staff research not just what all the great receivers did on the field, but what receivers have accomplished off the field. And he said the Robertsons have been duly impressed.
“That was a big selling point,” Smart said. “I didn’t want to hear about Hines Ward or whoever the pro first-rounders were. I said tell me about the guys who didn’t make it in the NFL. We did a really intensive study and found a lot of guys were in really successful in different fields and I think that was a good sales pitch for him. He gets it now.”
On the field, Smart said the Bulldogs are selling Robertson on offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s ability to feature Robertson in Georgia’s offense.
“They tossed the ball to him in high school,” Smart said. “He can get out there and do a lot of things that Coach Chaney used at Pitt and at Tennessee. He uses guys a lot of ways to get him the ball. He’s a feature player.”