Two of the country’s top recruiting head coaches believe that adding name, image and likability will only make it easier for top programs and harder for everyone.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Alabama’s Nick Saban both feel they need more rules to balance the NCAA playground.
On the eve of Monday’s national championship game against Alabama, Smart said, “You’re going to have the ones you have and the ones you don’t have, and the separation that already exists will grow.” “Schools that have the strength and capability and are more competitive in the NIL market are going to be schools that are ahead of other schools.”
The competitive imbalance in college football has been a recurring theme in recent seasons, partly due to the same schools dominating the recruitment. For the second time in four years, there was an All-SEC title game and 11 of the last 15 national champions were from the Powerhouse Conference. And the arrival of the NIL did not change that. Alabama is currently ranked No. 24 in the nation according to 247Sports. Has a No. 2-ranked recruiting class and is ranked No. 1 in Georgia. Is 3. Two schools have finished in the top five each year. Texas A&M, another SEC school, is currently No. 1 this year. 1 has a recruiting class.
“I think we need some kind of national legislation to regulate it to some extent, because I think there’s an imbalance in who can dominate college football in some form or fashion,” Saban said.
Evan Neal enjoys going up against Will Anderson Jr. in practice, with two future NFL players challenging each other.
There are some offensive linemen who share that feeling with him. Alabama sophomore Edge Rusher enters Monday night’s championship game against Georgia with 17.5 sacks and has 34.5 tackles for loss. He was nicknamed “The Terminator” for a reason.
“It’s funny to block Will. He’s making me better,” said Neal, who is considered the top offensive tackle in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Georgia has come up with two nicknames for Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young this week. Smart called him “Houdini.” Defensive tackle Jordan Davis called him a “gingerbread man.” Both men mention how tough it is to catch a second quarterback. In the first meeting of the teams, Georgia failed to get to Young, who threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s slippery,” Davis said.