July 12, 2024

Kirby Smart, the head coach of the Georgia football team, is determined to secure a top recruit, and recent actions prove just how far he’s willing to go. Mason Short, a highly regarded 4-star offensive lineman from Evans, Georgia, finds himself at the center of UGA’s attention, especially after Smart made a bold statement by arriving at Short’s school in a helicopter.

Smart’s unconventional recruiting strategy becomes even more noteworthy when considering the timing—Short had just de-committed from rival Alabama. Despite having been committed to Alabama since April 2023, Short’s decision was influenced by the recent retirement of legendary Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. The coaching shift at Alabama, with Kalen DeBoer stepping in, prompted Short to reconsider his commitment.

Recognizing the opportunity, Coach Smart wasted no time reaching out to Short. The 247Sports Composite rankings position Short as the No. 8 interior offensive lineman recruit in his class. Standing at nearly 6-foot-6 and weighing over 300 pounds, Short’s potential commitment would be a significant acquisition for Georgia, and Coach Smart’s strategic move reflects his determination to win over this promising prospect.

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