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Why A Kid From North Carolina (Christian Lemay) Committing To The Georgia Bulldogs Is Good News For Florida State


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Why A Kid From North Carolina (Christian Lemay) Committing To The Georgia Bulldogs Is Good News For Florida State

As you might have heard tonight, Christian Lemay, the top pro-style quarterback recruit in the 2011 class announced his intentions to play for Georgia. You're probably thinking "So what? Lemay wasn't considering FSU." But this announcement has positive implications for Florida State.

The most important of these is that it affords Mark Richt greater job security. Mark Richt is a good coach, but good is the enemy of great and FSU fans should realize that Richt at Georgia is a very good thing for the 'Noles. Florida State does very well recruiting in South Georgia and routinely beats UGA for players within a 40 mile radius of Valdosta. Richt might talk a big game and could even win a few battles against the 'Noles given his renewed efforts in the region. But consistently beating the state school for highly prized prospects in Georgia is an important part of the 'Noles plan to get back on top. And Richt is much, much better than the alternative. What's the alternative, you ask? Why none other than Kirby Smart of Alabama.

Smart is considered the heir apparent to the UGA job whenever Georgia decides that Richt simply won't do. Granted, the Dawgs seem pretty content winning 8-9 games per season, but most consider Richt on the hot seat. Smart is a beloved figure at Georgia after walking on and becoming a team captain. But he's even more beloved in South Georgia where he played high school ball in Bainbridge. Smart is an excellent recruiter and the last thing Florida State needs is for the state school to use Nick Saban's organizational recruiting techniques (that FSU is already using thanks to Jimbo Fisher) in South Georgia. Add to the inherent advantage of being the state school and that Smart is a better recruiter than Richt, that Smart knows the area perhaps better than anyone and would be immediately welcomed into all South Georgia high schools, and it's easy to see why FSU fans want Richt to stay at UGA for as long as possible.

Richt will be starting a promising redshirt-freshman quarterback in Aaron Murray this season. Young, talented quarterbacks buy coaches additional time that they might not otherwise be afforded. Adding Lemay to the mix only buys Richt more time. And who knows, maybe he can take Georgia from good to great (doubtful given his team's complete lack of attention to detail and killer instinct), but if he does so it likely won't be on the back of great recruiting hauls from Valdosta and the surrounding area. In fact, Florida State fans annually root for UGA to beat Florida in the World's Largest Cocktail Party and would be quite happy to see UGA succeed provided the Dawgs aren't doing so by cornering the market on the top talent out of South Georgia. And UGA beating UF helps FSU in recruiting as the Gators tumble in the polls. FSU is just too close to the area (45 minute trip to Tallahassee opposed to a 3hr+ trip to Athens) for someone without serious ties to the area (Smart, Kirby Smart) to dominate the region, and hopefully Smart is smart enough not to wait around for the UGA gig.

Moreover, Smart is ready to be a head coach right now. If Richt stays at Georgia two or three more years, I can't see Smart staying as Alabama's DC waiting for UGA to implode. And even though it is thought that the only job Smart would accept would be UGA, I can't see him turning down the position at LSU when Les Miles finally gets the boot in Baton Rouge. That's important to Florida State fans as well, because assuming Fisher does a decent job with the 'Noles, he would be on LSU's short list. LSU can afford to pay its head coach a lot more than Florida State can, so plugging that job (and it seems inevitable that Miles will be gone with the track his program is currently on) with someone other than Fisher is a good thing for the 'Noles. I am not saying that Fisher would leave or would even consider leaving after the emotional capital he has invested in the Florida State program, just that eliminating options is a good thing.

Additionally, Lemay will not be attending Clemson or North Carolina. FSU will almost certainly not have to face Lemay unless it meets Georgia in a bowl game and this leaves Clemson in a tough spot. There are no elite level quarterback recruits considering the Tigers this season and Clemson did not take a quarterback in the last recruiting cycle. No doubt FSU's biggest division rival will get a quarterback this cycle, but there is little doubt that it will be someone other than an elite kid.

As for Florida State's quarterback recruiting efforts, Lemay to Georgia means that Wilcox Co. Georgia QB Nick Marshall is not Georgia's top quarterback target. He is Florida State's top quarterback target and while there is a chance he could go to the Dawgs as UGA is looking to take two quarterbacks (and his cousin plays for UGA), the greater likelihood is that he becomes a 'Nole.

Funny how a 17-year old kid's college choice can impact programs throughout the Southeast.

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Horrible blog from a delusional nole fan. It's obvious the writer is a nole fan who doesn't care about facts. It's a headscratcher of an article. I won't get into the moronic comment that CMR needs a top qb commitment for job security. CMR is 2 bad years away from being fired if things continue to be 8 win seasons. He has plenty of job security. Yeah to the nole writer christian lemay dropped fsu a few weeks ago even though fsu fans on the national boards said he would be a nole.

FSU doesn't come close to beating out uga for south georgia prospects routinely. I can only go back and see the only two from south georgia fsu has beaten uga on are both from lowndes in telvin smith and greg reid. There are plenty of prospects from south georgia we have gotten who had fsu offers from gilliard to rambo. We have had some very good success down in south georgia. You can point to two kids from Lowndes who we know their head coach is close friends with fisher. We will never get a kid from that school unless their head coach leaves. If fsu believes they are going to get back to the top beating uga on georgia recruits they won't get there. I think they need to focus on their own state. Auburn did a better job in the state of Georgia than fsu did.

The kirby smart comments are hilarious. This writer doesn't have a clue on kirby and his standing in Athens nor how he compares to cmr as recruiting as head coach. Let's see how kirby does in the state of Georgia on guys we offer. If CMR leaves on his own, Kirby won't be the head coach in Athens. I also laughed at the 8 to 9 win comment. CMR averages 10 wins per year and the 8 win year he just had he fired his defensive staff minus 1. Let's see since CMR has been in athens UGA has had 6 seasons of 10 or more wins while fsu has had 1 10 win season. There is just soo much wrong with this article and the writer is going to be soooo disappointed when he sees what happens with guys who don't go to lowndes down there this year..

Note to nole fans: I am just responding to the article in question not going after fsu. Just replying to this pathetic excuse of an article.

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totally agreed sac, when I first read it I thought that this guy was just ranting...turns out he's a RAtard

the article was as I said just pure crap.. basically a fan writing a blog filled with complete nonsense.. all he really had to say was this: UGA getting Lemay helps FSU out because it's unlikely nick marshall will want to play qb at uga if he has to compete with Lemay. It helps FSU's chances of getting Lemay if he wants to play football and basketball. Our chances of getting him has gone up due to this commitment, but if he wants to play basketball only then the Lemay commitment means nothing. FSU has gotten a few good south georgia prospects in reid and smith and they feel if they can continue to get a few south georgia prospects to add to their crop of florida commits they could really continue to improve under jimbo fisher's direction.

The above i can buy and agree with minus all the other crap he threw in there that really had nothing to do with his actual title. We have some of the best fsu fans on this board imo.

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dude not sure where you heard that, but I was hoping we could keep it under the radar. Now you spill the beans. I have been doing my best not posting that info. Oh well.

No inside info here, just my opinion on what he does. I should have noted above that it was just my opinion.

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Kirby Smart is the heir apparent to Dawgs HC job???? LMAO. No comment. Only person that is next in line for the Dawgs HC position is Will Muschamp.

Nah, I think Muschamp likes it just fine where he is, and will stay around until Mack Brown decides to retire in 5-6 years.

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Nah, I think Muschamp likes it just fine where he is, and will stay around until Mack Brown decides to retire in 5-6 years.

No way.. If we fired Richt after this season. You really think he would stay at Texas and be head coach in waiting for another 5 years or go coach where he went to school and get paid just as much.....

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