The fans should never be a reason why a recruit chooses to sign somewhere other than UGA.
Do YOU think recruits read this message board? I ask about this specifically because a lot changed during the recruitment of Jadon Haselwood.
What recruits read and heard was always a hotly debated topic back when Donnan was coach and halfway through Richt's tenure because there was really only one message board for Dawg fans, and you had to fit the demographic of both working on a computer and being a hardcore fan to even know about the thing. There were still thousands of people on the original Dawgvent, but most of the recruits in those days didn't have high speed internet at home. The first iphone wasn't released until 2007, so smart phones weren't something every teen was carrying around every day either.
Back to Jadon Haselwood. He was regularly interviewed by the staff of Dawgnation, so you have to think he also read this forum when he would read the articles written about him. This locally grown kid went from celebrating in the streets when UGA won the Rose Bowl to him texting with Cam Newton that he "has to get out this (expletive)". That kind of comment doesn't originate from wanting to play in a more pass heavy offense.
Think about that. What could have possibly made him develop those feelings? The kid is the big man on campus at his high school, celebrated all over the State, and primed for a career at his State University that could have made him a sports legend. He then decided to open up his recruiting for perfectly legitimate reasons, and then gets bashed ruthlessly and posted about that we would be better off without him. We would do well to remember that every teenager is living an emotional rollercoaster every day. Some of the things posted here were no doubt very hurtful to JH, and explains to me why he developed feelings of needing to get far, far away.
There will be another Jadon Haselwood. Lots of them, in fact. There will be other kids who commit and decommit. Some will recommit to the G. Some won't. Let's not be part of the reason why someone chooses another school over The University of Georgia.