Category Archives: Recruiting

Get the picture.

Georgia’s getting a lot of favorable publicity over sending some recruits hand-drawn portraits signed by Coach Richt.  (Although you might want to get your facts straight about Alvin Kamara’s present whereabouts, ESPN dudes.)  My favorite bit from that piece:

One rival SEC assistant coach said he wished he thought of the portraits and immediately sent his recruiting staff to come up with something “better.”

Sculpture comes to mind.

One thing, though.  John Infante’s got a little cold water to toss on the effort.

If that turns out to be a real problem, I hope it’s nothing worse than one of those “it was worth it” secondary violations.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Grab a plate.

  • Tracy Rocker sounds pretty no-nonsense about his charges:  “You produce, you stay,” Rocker said. “You don’t produce, next. It’s all about playing with the right combination and to get guys to produce with full-speed effort. That’s the most important thing. That’s what I’m working on up front is effort. Try to eliminate the MA’s (missed assignments) and go forward.”
  • Bill Connelly looks at how the 2013 FBS teams ranked in order of their per-game difference between projection and reality as to offensive and defensive scoring efficiency.  Georgia ranks 116th.  He didn’t speculate how much of that to chalk up to luck, randomness or something else, but perhaps I need to dust off the ol’ “regression to the mean, bitchez!” meme.
  • Another day in paradise on Finebaum.  (Do any of his listeners actually care about basketball?)
  • Athlon ranks the SEC head coaches.  I don’t get how you can put Malzahn ahead of Miles, but that’s just me, I guess.
  • Kirby Smart is coaching defensive backs again, drawing upon his experience at Georgia“He just coaches us at a different level, trying to get us to understand it from his point of view because he played the position and he knows what’s going on…”  They should be awesome in run support this year, if that’s the case.
  • Today, Quayvon Hicks is Georgia’s only healthy scholarship tight end.
  • One reason CAPA is going to Washington “One obstacle in securing some of the protections we want is the NCAA is colluding and excluding opportunities for trust funds. To solidify an antitrust exemption would be to the detriment of player protections.”
  • Malik McDowell has outlasted his momma.
  • I missed this when it came out, but Pete Fiutak’s April Fools’ story about Herschel finding a loophole in the NCAA eligibility rules and announcing a return to Georgia is a fun read.  Richt then joked, “If you can find an extra year of eligibility for Champ Bailey and Richard Seymour, we’d find a spot for them, too. ”

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It’s easy to offer when it doesn’t cost anything.

Randy Edsall is a bit miffed with coaches like Les Miles running around tossing scholarship offers out to fourteen-year old prodigies.  He thinks college football needs to do something about that, by damn.  If it were up to him, football scholarships would not be extended to players until a recruit’s senior year of high school and that offer would only come from the university’s admissions department.

Edsall says his plan would still allow for the football staff to do the recruiting and make the sales pitches to determine to which players they want an offer to be extended. Going through the admissions department allows for a sort of extra layer of security to assure all parties involved the player will be able to attend the school without any hassles. In a sense, placing an emphasis on education is Edsall’s goal.

“Figure everything out academically first and then offer,” Edsall said. “Not the other way around. The model to me is broken.”

Uh hunh.  More rules always fix everything.

Whenever this comes up, I keep saying the same thing:  Andy Staples has the right idea.  Make Les’ offers binding on the school, and we’ll see how quickly he keeps handing them out.

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Tuesday morning buffet

The line is open.

  • CFN thinks the Pruitt hire is swell.
  • The next Georgia Tech stud is running back Travis Custis, who was a highly rated recruit in 2013 but had to sit out last season to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.  I almost hope he pans out, just so he can provide a ready source to rag Tech fans about when they bring up academics.
  • A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a large majority of the general public opposes paying salaries to college athletes beyond the scholarships currently offered.  The public is split on unionization, though.  Too bad there wasn’t a poll question about players’ being compensated for their likenesses.  (h/t John Infante)
  • Generally, I’m not in favor of parents blocking their sons from choosing where to play college ball.  But when I see a quote like this“… It would be nice to have an offer from Oregon because of their uniforms…” – I can understand where some mommas are coming from.
  • Mark Cuban can see a future when the NFL moves some of its games to Saturday.  That means war!
  • Hugh Freeze no doubt welcomes this development at Alabama for recruiting purposes.
  • John Infante sees college football going down the same road as college basketball if the coaches don’t get their act together and come up with a more comprehensive approach to reforming recruiting rules.

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The opposite of the Johnson Doctrine is…

Straight from the lips of the latest commitment to Georgia’s class of 2015, DT Justin Young of Grayson:

“Georgia coaches wanted me to go around and look at another schools before I committed,” Young said. “That was another reason why I liked Georgia. They gave me the opportunity to go see other colleges. Some of these schools, they’ll take their offer away if you look around anywhere. I was like ‘Wow. Georgia might be the one.’ And that’s probably why I made the commitment today.”

For a kid with options, rocket science it ain’t.

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Thank you, God.

Jimmy Williamson’s day is suddenly brightened.

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Mark Richt has lost control of the hot seat meme. Again.

FSU fans say the darndest things.

The nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2015, defensive tackle Trent Thompson, admitted that he’s almost committed twice to UGA in a very revealing interview with 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams.

Thompson held off both times on the advice of his high school coach, adding “I do not want to commit early because I want to give everyone a chance. I want to see how their season goes and if Coach Mark Richt is going to still be there.”

Say what? Evidently there’s some negative recruiting going on in the Albany area with the high-prized recruit. Thompson told Adams that some hometown people want him to go to FSU. “They say if Georgia does not have a good season Coach Richt would probably leave.”

Hey, Trent, I heard FSU’s defensive coordinator might leave.  Oh, wait.

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Tuesday morning buffet

I don’t know if there’s enough here to take your mind off this morning’s stupidity, but I’m trying.

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“I’ve got a feeling it’s going to get out of hand in the future.”

Michael Carvell has a couple of good posts up about the NCAA rule that allows high school seniors who are approved for early enrollment to sign financial aid agreements with colleges beginning on August 1 of their senior year.

The first is an interview with Mark Richt and Paul Johnson on how big a deal it is.  Both sort of have a wait-and-see feeling about it, although Richt seems more critical, which is somewhat ironic, since he took advantage of the rule last year with Josh Malone.

“I think it kind of caught everybody by surprise,” Richt told the AJC. “Some people took advantage of it, and some people didn’t. I don’t know how to say it, but I think with a whole year of planning, it may be used a little bit different in the future – more often and more aggressively.

“Will that in turn cause restriction? My guess is that this will be a short-lived thing. We may go through with one more year of it, or we may think it through between now and then, and say ‘I’m not sure this is the wisest thing to do.’ Or it may become such a common practice that it’s not problematic. But my guess is that there will be some issues come up that might make everybody rethink it.”

Which brings us to Carvell’s second pieceAs you may know, the NCAA spun out an interpretation of the rule that restricted its application, by requiring that if a high school senior signed more than one such financial aid agreement, only the first college he signed with would have the benefits of unlimited contact and publicity.  What you may not know is that the SEC isn’t happy about the interpretation and has filed an appeal.

However, a top NCAA official told the AJC that the new interpretation has been appealed by the SEC since then. The NCAA’s Div. I Legislative Council will review the matter in an April 15 session.

“The official interpretation has created a little bit of a concern among some in the membership that aren’t comfortable with — that it might result in inadvertent violations,” said Steve Mallonee, the NCAA’s Managing Director of Academic and Membership Affairs.

Now before you think that the SEC is growing a conscience and doing something right by recruits, think again.  This is all about one conference school not getting screwed over by another.

“If an institution is going to sign a kid, they would need to make sure he hasn’t signed with anybody else if they are going to engage in unlimited access. The issue becomes if the kid already signed with school A, and school B, C and D also signs him.

“B, C and D don’t get the unlimited access. And if they engage in that, they would be engaging in NCAA violations. It becomes the responsibility of each institution to make that determination, and there’s some who don’t feel like that’s the appropriate stance.

“That’s the concern because A, B, C, and D don’t have to share that (information with each other). So B may not let D know. You’re basically taking the word of the kid. That’s part of the issue.”

Unlike the NLI program, which is supervised by the NCAA, the financial aid agreements are shared only between the recruit and the respective college. For example, Tennessee will not disclose to UGA, Clemson and Florida State if next year’s Josh Malone (a) signs a financial aid agreement with Tennessee or (b) the date of signed agreement.

And ultimately, as I posted before, about coaches’ control.

Whatever they wind up with after addressing the appeal, as is usually the case in such matters, they will attempt to spin it as something positive for recruits.  And, as is usually the case in such matters, they will be lying about that.

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“Recruiting isn’t everything…”

But when it comes to national title winners, it’s a pretty damned big deal.

Read the whole thing, but note that in the last ten years, every BCS national champ was in the top 10 in roster talent (based on all available services at the time of a players signing) and all but Florida 2006 and Auburn 2010 had least one side of the ball in the top four.

Oh, and bonus points for the “But this post isn’t about basketball” beginning.

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