OUR VIEW: Smart’s visit speaks volumes on area talent

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, January 25, 2022

At this point, it’s probably true that Georgia Head Football Coach Kirby Smart can probably get a meeting with any top high school recruit. Regardless of state, position or any number of variables, if Smart calls, chances are that every single high school football player in the country is willing to listen.

That’s what happens when you build the foundation Smart has built at Georgia. It’s what happens when you win a national championship.

So, it was telling that just a few days after winning Georgia’s first national title since 1980, that Smart made stops at LaGrange High, Troup High and Callaway High to recruit our local players.

When you consider that Smart could get a meeting with just about anyone, we think it speaks volumes that he took time out of his busy schedule to stop at our local schools. There’s no doubt that there are very talented players here in Troup County. We see that on the football field every Friday, as do the teams that have the unfortunate challenge of playing the Grangers, Tigers or Cavaliers each year.

And it’s true that there have been plenty of players who have gone on to play college football from Troup County in the last few years. Smart knows that, as do the coaches on his staff.

It’s also true that he’s making the rounds all over Georgia — and the nation — right now as he tries to finish off a stellar recruiting class.

But there’s only so much time in each day. There are only so many recruits you can get in front of before National Signing Day.

Smart chose to spend a couple of hours with our local kids, our local players.

It’s not his first trip to Troup County, and we’re also guessing it won’t be his last.

But it was still telling that just a few days after being on top of the world, that he took a few hours in Troup County, taking a look to see if there were any future Bulldogs to help him chase his next title.