Kirby Smart: Indoor practice facility had ‘large impact’ on UGA’s stellar recruiting class


The Bulldogs have only recently started using their new indoor practice facility, but it’s already had a big impact on the program. UGA coach Kirby Smart said being able to use the indoor facility was critical during the final weeks of recruiting.

“It’s a large impact,” Smart said of the facility’s role in recruiting, per Dawgs247. “The indoor facility being finished when it did, timed up just right for some recruiting momentum. We had 10-12 guys in over the last couple of weekends (on visits). The ‘oh’s’ and ‘ah’s’ for getting to see that space? And utilize that space? It’s been really a big advantage for us, that we were able to sell.”

Georgia finished with 26 pledges in its stellar 2017 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC on the 247Sports Composite. UGA had most of its class already committed before National Signing Day, but the Bulldogs did pick up a trio of Feb. 1 commitments which may have been influenced by the indoor facility.

The facility was nearing completion in December, and there were reports of the UGA football team beginning to use the facility in mid January. Fitting with Smart’s timeline, three visitors on the weekend of Jan. 20 – 3-star CB Latavious Brini, 3-star CB Ameer Speed and 3-star DB Eric Stokes – all picked UGA on National Signing Day.

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  • It’s a beautiful facility and yes it will help recruiting to some degree but if Kirby wants to carry momentum into the next recruiting cycle and beyond he need to develop 1st round picks (DTs, OLs, CBs) or win some championships.

    I’m ecstatic about Stetson Bennett IV(QB) joining the team as a walk on. He’s only 6’0 ft 175 lbs but the kid is a BEAST! Welcome aboard young man.