“There’s just more colleges coming to Georgia.”

In case you were wondering, yes, Mark Richt has recently changed his approach to recruiting.

But you know one thing that hasn’t changed?  See one name missing from this paragraph?

“There are a lot of people hitting Georgia, probably harder than ever,” Richt said. “It sure seems a lot more than when I first got to UGA. Unfortunately, I think one of the best-kept secrets is out. There are great players in this state and people know it. Not only is it the usual suspects, the schools that basically are touching the state of Georgia, but now you have people from up North and the West coast. There’s a lot of interest from everywhere. There’s recruiters from Texas A&M and Missouri all over Georgia, too…”

It’s not Richt being unable to close the borders that makes the state an attractive target to so many other programs these days.  It’s that Georgia Tech doesn’t pull its weight.

(By the way, Central Florida, when you sign a 6-4, 350-pound kid whose nickname is “Snacks”, you can’t say you don’t know what you’re getting into there.)

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19 responses to ““There’s just more colleges coming to Georgia.”

  1. Hmmmmmm…….
    Changing his approach recently you say?
    I wonder if any “banned for content” blog that has been openly accused of impacting recruiting had anything to do with that. You’re welcome Dawg Nation.

  2. DC Dawg

    ^^ I can never tell if these delusions of grandeur are real or just a schtick. Either way, they get tedious.

    • Agreed. I assume it’s mostly schtick, but the idea that one blog out there that tends to take a differing view than most UGA fans had some impact on Richt’s recruiting philosophy is just as absurd as those that claim that same blog hurt recruiting.

      • Well..well…well…AuditDawg gets it. Thanks AuditDawg.

      • SSB Charley

        I’m starting to think CC is simply Internet performance art, similar to a number of the callers to the Finebaum show (Tammy in particular). He may cause me to shake my head on a daily basis, but he gets credit for repeated Dusty Rhodes references, which keep me coming back.

        • …but he gets credit for repeated Dusty Rhodes references, which keep me coming back.

          Same here. Plus, it’s always fun to see the Augusta references being a native of the Garden City and all.

        • Well continue to check us every day for that head shaking moment as we are currently under our second trade embargo by our favorite RSS feed site. Not sure if we were too racist, sexist, detrimental to the program, or all of the above?
          It would appear that some in Dawg Nation are not as keen as SSB Charley and Audit Dawg.

  3. Jadaveon Clowney

    The State of Georgia “produces about 175-185 D1″ players per year. UGA can’t sign them all. Everybody (AJC included) needs to chill out when a kid signs with an out of state program. My concern is not using all the available scholarships but that is another subject.

  4. W Cobb Dawg

    If there’s 175 – 185 D1 recruits (and there are), then the state flagship university should be cleaning up, and turning recruits away in droves, instead of coming up short of the limit. We signed some really fine players with Theus, Marshall, Gurley, Jenkins, etc. – So the fact is we can recruit great players. But I don’t get how we fail to sign the limit. This is a welcome adjustment. But anticipating the problem and making these adjustments before signing day would help a lot more than acknowledging the problem and fixing it after signing day.

    • Lewville

      Richt has always been reactive instead of proactive.

      • Erskine

        I believe the adjustments Coach Richt refers to is starting the recruiting process earlier, as you see more early involvement with high school juniors. The undersigning issue is mirage. The fact is on national signing day if a school is down to the wire with a number of kids and misses out on any, you will have a undersigning issue. I do not think a good coach is simply going to offer the two hundred rated kid in the state a schlorship just to fill the limit. This scenerio happens every year.
        Yes the state of Georiga will have 175-185 talented high school players avalble for D1 scholarships. If you weed out the the academic casualties, players not fitted to the UGA system and those players who are not interested in signing with UGA, how many do we not offer? In recruiting you will only sign the kids who want to go to your school. You cannot control the ones that do not. If there is a demand to have 85 scholarships the only way to fill the quota is to waste schlorships on unknows or reward kids that were walks on the year before and have proven their value.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          “In recruiting you will only sign the kids who want to go to your school.” Erk, that’s kind of the point. We need more of those kids that we want to sign to want to come to UGA rather than Bama, Florida, Auburn Clemson, South Carolina, UT, etc. We need to use all the available scholarships on those kids, not walk-ons as a reward. If kids go elsewhere fine–we can’t sign everybody because of the 85 player limit. But at least sign up to the limit as long as the signees are ones that we really want. If we cannot do that because the plyers we want prefer to play elsewhere then that is a problem.

          • We need more of those kids that we want to sign to want to come to UGA rather than Bama, Florida, Auburn Clemson, South Carolina, UT, etc. We need to use all the available scholarships on those kids, not walk-ons as a reward.

            I guess the big question here is if you’re down to the point where you’ve lost out on the top-flight talent heading out of state, is dropping a scholarship on a kid that you probably haven’t scouted that hard and clearly wasn’t high enough on anybody else’s radar to get signed any different than handing a walk-on a scholly that likely was in a similar situation out of high school and has the benefit of already being in the program? Not trying to pick nits or anything, but I think if you’re down to the point where you have to offer the remaining in-state scraps or a walk-on a scholly, it’s probably a pretty minimal difference in impact that you will get from offering the scholarship to the in-state scraps over the walk-on.