Kirby Smart may be the right man for Georgia’s future, but he’s having an immediate impact on the team’s current recruiting, and it isn’t all positive.
On Monday night, four-star running back Devwah Whaley, a Texas native, decommitted from the Bulldogs. Whaley backed out of his commitment to Georgia less than two weeks after he originally pledged his future to Athens and just more than a week after longtime Georgia football coach Mark Richt was relieved of his duties. While Whaley didn’t offer an official justification for re-opening his recruiting, the timing alone speaks volumes about his concerns with Georgia’s transition to the Smart regime.
Whaley holds scholarship offers from a number of other top national programs, with Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M all expected to make a concerted push for the back’s services; he’s scheduled to visit Austin this weekend.
Meantime, continued uncertainty about Smart’s plans at Georgia — he has yet to name any coordinators and thus far has only confirmed which coaches won’t be staying in Athens — may also be having a significant impact on the player who is arguably Georgia’s most pivotal recruit: Quarterback Jacob Eason.
Eason, a five-star pro-style quarterback from Washington, is a longtime Georgia recruit but recently took an official visit to Florida. Add to that his intimately close relationship with new Miami coach Mark Richt, and suddenly three schools are believed to have a strong shot at earning Eason’s signature. While he has yet to officially decommit from Georgia, Eason’s longtime quarterback coach is now claiming that Florida is the likely frontrunner. For his part, Eason now insists he will attend either Florida or Georgia, though no one can be sure until he officially enrolls at a school in January.
That’s two massive offensive recruits who are suddenly grave doubts for Georgia’s recruiting class. All of which is more proof that Smart has a whole lot of work to do whenever he’s not preparing for the college football playoff semifinals.