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Silly Season 2017

Jon Nelson interviewing Jeff Herron

Just when you thought the Silly Season was behind us…

Let’s start off by welcoming Bob Sphire to Kingsland, Sean Pender to Brunswick, Jason Strickland to Pierce County, John Ford to Buford, Rance Gillespie to Hart County, and Von Lassiter to Bleckley County…

In a year of stunning coaching moves, the larger question is now: JUST HOW MANY MORE STUNNING COACHING MOVES IS THIS OFF-SEASON GOING TO GET???

Your guess is now as good as mine…

So, Dear Reader, here’s this week’s question- and answer on all the Social Media channels for everyone at “GPB Sports”- Facebook, Twitter, and any other way you can think of… to end a thought in a preposition… And join all the pages if you haven’t so you can share your views of the state with the rest of the state…

What coaching change has been the most shocking or surprising to you in this off-season…???

Let me hear you!

Now, to the most recent sports-based national holiday: National Signing Day- and we’ll take this in pieces…

First, to see the school in Athens keep more than double the folks home than any other school in the country did was really special. And, frankly, I have always thought that when you have one of the top-five states in high school football from year-to-year, you HAVE to keep as many kids at home as you can. And I don’t just mean in Athens. I’m talking Atlanta, Statesboro, Valdosta, Rome, Savannah, Carrollton, Waleska and all places in between.

But, at the same time, it’s just as rewarding to someone who has seen the sport grow as much as it has to have student-athletes going to service academies, Pac-12 schools, Ivy League schools, schools inside the southeast, Big 12 schools (Kansas State and Oklahoma State got some good ones), and (well, let’s just say it) everywhere in between…

Here’s my lone question in all of this, though:

But, I will preface it by saying I talked to one Division I-AA (sorry, “FCS”) coach who didn’t disparage the athlete I am about to talk about one bit- his talent was recognized. This one coach was already locked in at the position…

How is it that Macon County QB K’Hari Lane did not have one solid Division I offer and be able to sign some paperwork in Montezuma on NSD 2017…??? You set records. You win a state title. You and your team have a season that’s amazing in Class-A (really, class is irrelevant, but it was an amazing year regardless of class) and there’s nothing to show for it with all the schools that we all see on a Saturday that need QB help…???

I am STILL scratching my head on that one…

In early February, the list of schools that were interested in Lane were Grambling State, Southern, Hampton, Savannah State and Division II Morehouse.   

All I am going to say is this: One school, somewhere, is going to get a very motivated young man at QB.

And that one school was, eventually, Arizona… Good on Rich Rod for picking up a VERY motivated young man…

Play it safe, everyone… I’ll talk to you soon…