The difference between negative recruiting and reality

See if you can tell which is which in this quote from Tennessee’s newest commit:

Last Friday, McDowell made an appearance at UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp and had a long conversation with Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

“I had it in the back of my head that Georgia would be a good place, but I didn’t think I would be happy there at the end of the day,” McDowell said. “It’s because of the trouble the players get into, and stuff like that. I didn’t want to take that risk to be around that.”

UGA already has two safeties committed for 2014, including last Friday’s addition of 4-star Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla.

“I feel a connection there but then again, there were a lot of safeties already committed to them,” McDowell said. “So I just wanted to go somewhere where I could set my name in stone and compete (for playing time) early.”

Plus, Willie Martinez, for the win…

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23 responses to “The difference between negative recruiting and reality

  1. Debby Balcer

    In other words, I want to toke and if I do then I can’t play. In TN you can do whatever and still play. It is great he went elsewhere. GO DAWGS!!!

    • Bobby

      Actually, the kid apparently wants to be a DEA agent when he grows up. That would suggest that he’s not interested in doing drugs. It’s still a serious misconception he has about UGA vs UT, though.

  2. Castleberry

    Hopefully Nu’Keese will tell him to steer clear of the Pilot station on Cumberland.

  3. I read his comments and had the same thought. It sounded like he was repeating a pitch he’d heard from a coach. It’s been said over and over, but the only thing UGAs policies due is make it harder on them to win games. It’s not stopping the behavior at all.

  4. timphd

    Willie will shape him into a fine defensive back who learns the “wait till they catch it and hope to tackle them” technique he perfected at UGA.

  5. mdcgtp

    Good riddens…all he had to say was “i appreciate the offers from UGA and Auburn. I am excited to join UT.” that’s it. He chose to feed the media a line, and in the process made himself sound stupid. He should fit in well in Knoxville.

    • pantslesspatdye

      Eh, I see it differently. He seemed to sincerely speak his mind. He didn’t knock the Georgia program – just gave the honest reason why he was coming here. He should have kept his thoughts to himself as it makes him look bad, but I don’t think he meant any harm by it. Like it or not, it is a valid point that players that come here are at a disadvantage both from a marketing and legal perspective.

      • Cojones

        How so? The NFL asks about their habits and if smoking mj is one of them, they dare not lie, no matter whether suspended for games or no action taken. His excuses are weak and that of a dunderhead.

        “I can’t compete with the Ss that UGA already has.” would have been a better statement.It appears that there is no doubt that we wanted him, so there’s that for him.

        If Slive would weigh the equalization of punishments, none of this need happen. Mr. SEC put a ribbon on that one for Slive, but predicts he won’t touch it. Pome d’ Rue!

        • pantslesspatdye

          Despite the NFL mj questioning being applicable, the lost playing time is both bad preparation for the NFL and bad publicity in general. Mama and the folks back home don’t know what you tell the NFL. Neither do fans, sponsors, stats or post-season awards.

          As for the legal issues, a football player leaving college with a criminal record is more likely in Athens (all other factors being the same). Not only do things not get covered up, the police are looking to make examples.

          The competetion is a valid point, but I don’t think this is the only factor.

          I agree about the equalization of punishments. But this is not happening – this is a disadvantage of coming here.

          • Debby Balcer

            Where do you come up with leaving school with a record is more likely at GA. That is not true.

  6. Derek

    Dead to me.

  7. Cojones

    McDowell will be just wonderful at S for Tenn since I’m sure that Bobo will just love Murray to be throwing at a myope. Of course the Knoxville police are on high alert as well.

  8. Whatever you do McDowell, don’t look back. That’s what Willy will teach you anyway, so better off starting now.

  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    I other words, they already have 2 safeties, and I want to go where there’s less competition, so I’ll repeat some BS a coach told me about Athens.

  10. W Cobb Dawg

    This reflects far more poorly on DaRick, err, I mean McDowell than it does on UGA. So the kid is intimidated by the competition AND the rules – maybe our tougher policies are a good thing if they drive a kid with this attitude away.

  11. Tommy

    Clearly, no one in Knoxville bothered to explain why it’s called the Fulmer cup.