Loose lips sink ‘ships.

This comment from Mark Richt shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

“There’s been some that have just come out and said ‘I’d like my son to go to Georgia, but I’m not sure what is going on’ maybe in the summer or after the second game of the year. So there were some people that would just come out and say that, and there were others that maybe through the high school coach would say ‘coach, if everything was set he would have done it a month ago.’ You hear some of that type of conversation going on…”

You get the sense from Richt that he’s confident the program will close well with this year’s recruits.  Of course, when you keep hearing the coach’s name come up in connection with every job opening in the country…

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12 responses to “Loose lips sink ‘ships.

  1. Macallanlover

    Signing Beard and These may be the key to 2012′ so success. Love the RB situation but someone has to open the hole and protect AM. Very pleased with the way this is developing, minus the potential NFL jumpers.

  2. Metal Steel Chair

    Am I the only one who finds it wonderfully ironic that great recruiting prowess also played a major role in the most recent non-football success story for UGA?

    Link: http://www.ajc.com/news/cancer-vaccine-shows-promise-1262579.html

    “The arrival of Boons in Georgia 12 years ago came about through the sort of aggressive recruiting that has fed the rapid growth of UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. Boons came from his native Netherlands to give a talk at the center, which he said is the largest in the world. “Over dinner they asked me ‘What would it take to get you here?’ I scratched my head and said a few things. The next day I received a call: ‘It has all been taken care of.’

    Amy Moore, director of research programs at the Georgia Cancer Coalition, said “We have robust talent, at UGA, at Emory, and Georgia Tech and across the state. We’ve helped to recruit 165 researchers to Georgia who are leaders in their field.”

    In other words, when you have great recruiters on your staff, just keep your mouth shut and get outta their way. Talent will out, in any pursuit.

    • gastr1

      Everyone who wonders why college tuition keeps going up should read your post. Top-flight costs money and resources no matter the field.

  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Georgia is one of the most proficient player producing states, and UGA is one of the nation’s top football colleges. Its within reason to expect a good recruiting class every year. Basic math (signing the full 25) has been a problem, not convincing kids to sign. I look for another fine class, and hope we have sense enough to sign the full number of players allowed. We need the depth.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Or maybe even sign more than 25, eh?

      • charlottedawg

        I’ll need a fact check on this but I believe the hard cap that the ADs agreed to is set at 25. I also believe Georgia has experienced enough roster attrition that they could sign more than 25 players and still be under the 85 player roster max imposed by the NCAA.

        • W Cobb Dawg

          I believe we could sign 27, and two of the January enrollees would count against last year’s class. But in the end all we get is 85. I’m kool with one or two schollys for walk-ons because of attrition. But we’ve had many more than that, and it’s usually due to not signing enough recruits when Feb 4th rolled around.

          • Erskine

            Quninton Banks, Antavious Coates & David Jacobs all kept their scholarships after they could no long contribute on the field. I have absolutely no problem with this. Sometimes the integrity of your promise to a young man and his parents is far more important than the scoreboard on Saturday. This type integrity is what makes Georgia and Coach Richt special. My only concern is that our fanbase should stop being critical of Coach Richt for this and start challenging Spurrier, Saban and Petrino for their position on oversigning and pulling schalorships.

            • Crooked Toed Dawg

              In the cases of Banks, Coates, and Jacobs, maybe, just maybe, CMR should have made use of those special medical schollies that Saban uses to fulfill obligations to enable players with career ending injuries to stay in school.

            • W Cobb Dawg

              I strongly doubt Banks, Jacobs & Coates counted against our 85 man roster limit. We’ve had plenty of players over the years who couldn’t continue playing for medical reasons, yet continued their education. This isn’t unique to UGA or CMR either.

  4. UGLYDAWG

    It’s the ones that get “run off” because they don’t pan out as players that I wonder about. I doubt this happens at UGA, but I don’t doubt that there are some coaches that will make a kid miserable (or have others do it) until he quits. If you have to invent a grey area, it’s probably going to be dark grey.