We're already in the heat of recruiting season, with several Dawg prospects due to make verbal commitments at tomorrow's UA game. So the urgent issue of the day is whether the Winter of Discontent so apparent among Dawg fans, and the perceived probation status of the entire Georgia coaching staff, will have a bad effect on Signing Day.
I don't have an occasion to spend time with high school football stars, so I ask the more knowledgeable fans some pertinent questions:
Do these kids pay attention to fan-base unhappiness at various schools?
Is the possibility of a HC, coordinator, or position coach hitting the skids after a year a major factor in where they will go?
Do any potential freshmen welcome the challenge of helping a coach they personally like survive?
Does the Georgia program's prominence and financial strength serve as a firewall against recruting losses, reassuring prospects that even if the current staff is fired, the school will hire a new one just as attractive?
Has the growing instability of the CFB coaching profession made prospects cynical about the likelihood that any coaches at any school may be gone before long, voluntarily or not?
And the biggie: how important is a good Signing Day to your own perceptions of the program? Would whiffing on the remaining big targets and losing a couple of the verbal commitments received earlier represent a final straw for Richt and company, or is the freshman class largely irrelevant to their ability to achieve a turnaround in 2011?
I'm all ears.