I try to stay on top of not only Alabama recruiting, but how other SEC schools manage their signing classes. Lately, one of my favorite pastimes has been watching Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting writer Michael Carvell spin himself into knots over the state of University of Georgia recruiting.
If you’re a regular BamaHammer reader, you know Carvell has become a sort of pet fascination with us. His attempts to turn Alabama’s grayshirting into a Watergate-style scandal have been nothing short of speculative fiction. And his striving to find the silver lining in Bulldog recruiting is at times worthy of former Iraqi propagandist Baghdad Bob.
This week has been a rough one for a Georgia reporter trying to spin bad recruiting news. In one recent column Carvell reports on solid Alabama commitment Reuben Foster, who is taking advantage of his free recruiting trips by visiting Georgia. Carvell turns a “why not” visit to UGA into “he’s still flirting with Georgia!” Yep, and we’re pretty sure that bartender selling you overpriced drinks is flirting with you, too.
Next came the news that a Bulldog commit had flipped to UCLA, due to his love of new coach Jim Mora. In a textbook case of burying the lede, Carvell notes six paragraphs into the story that Keyante Green had been committed to Georgia for two years, but his offer was pulled after other (apparently better) backs committed. Carvell points out that “it’s not [Georgia's] fault.” We’re sure Nick Saban must have conned them into jerking away the kid’s offer.
Look; when you write for a news outlet covering a local team, it’s expected that you’ll give relatively positive coverage (unless you work in Montgomery). That’s how the game is played.
But with Georgia recruiting news set on permanent spin cycle to this degree, it’s evident that the Blackout game of a few years back not only Processed Georgia coaches, it did so to the beat writers as well.