Just got off the phone with Jakeenan Gant. Told me he committed to Missouri moments ago while on an official visit. Big get for Tigers.Now we are are getting out recruited in state by second year SEC programs that are 900 miles away from home. Yes, they have had more successes than Georgia in recent years, but do they have that much more to offer in facilities, etc?
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 18, 2013
Or is their brand of basketball and how it is taught/present to these players that much better?
Missouri's coach is facing NCAA sanctions over the Miami thing. That isn't to say he's going to get a show cause or anything, but it still is just really unbelievable when you think about a kid from Springfield deciding on the spot to go to Columbia.
Frank Haith is a very good recruiter. That is why Missouri nabbed him from Miami. He routinely gets guys from fertile recruiting grounds. However, UGA should never lose an instate recruit without an official visit to Athens unless it is to the reigning national champion or a program like UNC, Duke, or UK. Yet, it happens time and again. That is a failure of the coaching staff to effectively sell a vision of future success to get them to come on campus.
And that is happening too much to just shrug your shoulders and say 'well, we are Georgia' or 'Stegeman sucks' or whatever.