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DawgsLife
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
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The state of Florida is exceptionally strong this year, particularly in Gator friendly areas.

Ah! There you go. Legitimate reasons for Gator fans to be optimistic. And, with FSU having a horrible year and Miami going through coaching changes, I can see optimism there, too.
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It’s the combination of momentum, a core of currently committed guys
I really like Leonard Manuel. He's a great pickup for you guys. Wish we could have gotten him.

Thanks for answering....these all seem like legit reasons.


Dawgsontop34
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
Miami should get that first full year bump in their recruiting class. Granted, I thought Taggart would get it this year and he really didn’t.


BigDave1967
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
Miami's first recruiting class under Manny Diaz has totally sucked and so has FSU's under Willie Taggart


Dawgsontop34
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Miami's first recruiting class under Manny Diaz has totally sucked and so has FSU's under Willie Taggart



Your first full recruiting class generally gets a bump. Taggart’s did not which I mentioned. Diaz hasn’t had his first full class yet.

Transition classes usually aren’t great. It’s why I said for fans not to judge Tennessee, Florida, and A&M’s recruiting ability off their 2018 classes.
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Long Dawg
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
So after posing the question to my UF and UT brethren on “closing the gap” on the Dawgs - the response in a nutshell is:

- our coach is better (neither has beaten Kirby yet)

- Dawgs cannot improve with a #2 class and our teams are #9 and #11 in recruiting this year so even though Dawgs still have better class for 2019, the spread is less

- projection of future classes at UT and UF will be much higher ( cannot sign for at least 11 months).

Both Florida and Tennessee have excellent football programs historically and both seem to be trending upward. Florida is definitely ahead of Tennessee now and has geographical advantages to in-state HS talent. However Pruitt is a much better recruiter than Mullen who just cannot match the intensity of Kirby and Jeremy.

The gap may close some in next 4 years but not closing right now.

The only real threat to Georgia the next three years is our QB position. With Fields exiting, there is no surefire successor on campus right now to Fromm. Should Jake turn pro early or get hurt, even with a stacked UGA roster, UT and UF might could play close - but that assumes you have great QB play while Dawgs do not.

Outside of QB depth vulnerabilities, UGA has more talented starters and more depth and none of that will change over next 2-3 years.
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atlgator
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
So why are you so worried with what Florida is doing then?

If there’s no threat for the game in Jacksonville, then just move on. Bigger fish to fry, right?


Long Dawg
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
not worried


atlgator
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not worried



~Someone worried


sand mountainDvalues
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It’s incredible how much they seek validation from their conference peers, a very insecure group for sure.


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Dawgsontop34
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
I don’t think any of us should be ignoring what Tennessee and Florida are starting to develop in the East. They both appear to have solid head coaches who should recruit and coach better than their predecessors.

But it’s also not a forgone conclusion that they’re going to be at the same level as UGA going forward. I’m sure you can understand our optimism at the level we’re recruiting.


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Long Dawg
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
If Dawgs don’t secure a 5* QB to replace Fromm in 2020, then somewhat worried will be accurate.

UT and UF aren’t close and they haven’t closed the gap - wanted to see why you guys thought you had from your perspective.

If I was a fan of UF of UT, I would be encouraged but, especially UF fans are a little overconfident from their reality now - which is just fine.


Dawgsontop34
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
They finished in basically the same spot as us this year.


GatorsGators
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However Pruitt is a much better recruiter than Mullen who just cannot match the intensity of Kirby and Jeremy.
yeah, okay


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Long Dawg
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
Huh?


DawgsLife
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re: VolNation and GatorSwamp - SEC East talk
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Miami should get that first full year bump in their recruiting class.

Surely not up to #3, though, right? bump? Probably. But it usually stays within reason. And rankings for classes will change drastically over the next several months.

I am not saying that Florida will not get a #5 class, however, with Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, LSU, Clemson and even Texas A&M recruiting at a high rate, it will be very difficult for Florida to break through to a top 5. I just think it would be a huge mistake for anybody to think they will get a top 5 class based upon where the classes sit today.


Dawgsontop34
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Huh?



Florida finished in basically the same spot as us in the polls.


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Dawgsontop34
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Surely not up to #3, though, right? bump? Probably. But it usually stays within reason. And rankings for classes will change drastically over the next several months.


I definitely don’t expect it to stay at 3. But I created a thread last year that showed how coaches generally get a bump in their first full recruiting class and used the #s to back it up. I’ll link it when I get the chance.


DawgsLife
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I’ll link it when I get the chance.

That's okay. I realize the typically get a bump, and expect Miami to get a bump. And I haven't looked, but I would think a bump for Miami would be more along the lines of a top 15 class.

I mean.....I kind of derailed the thread with that anyway. more to the point....I think Tennessee and Florida is doing a good job and getting closer to Georgia. They will have to sustain it, though.

Also, I don't think when it is all said and done Mullen will be considered the better coach, as some have said. We'll have to wait and see on Pruitt, as we don't have enough to go on.



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djsdawg
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say "informed," I say needlessly negative.



It’s a good idea to look at top 100 players.


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djsdawg
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the one who likes to use the term "blue chips" you like so much.



The one? He must post here and have many alters on this board.


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