During his press conference on Tuesday morning, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart addressed the situation surrounding Toneil Carter’s recruitment, and he also gave some insight into his philosophy on recruiting.
“Well, first of all, I’m not allowed to talk about that situation at all,” coach Smart said. “But I will say that my philosophy, our philosophy has always been we’re not going to drop kids in recruiting, okay. We may defer enrollment; we may say you can enroll at a later date, but we are not going to drop kids in recruiting. I can’t comment on this situation; I can only comment philosophically how we feel and how conversations happen. But I cannot comment on his specific situation.”
Coach Smart elaborated on “deferring enrollment:”
“I’m talking about defer enrollment from mid-year to February signing, coming in the summer, or if you’re coming in the summer, deferring to gray shirt. Gray shirt would be later; the first would be January or when I say January, I mean signing day.”