Category Archives: Recruiting

Wednesday morning buffet

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

  • Did you know that Clemson’s Frank Howard once threatened to sue over a piece Lewis Grizzard wrote about him?
  • I always love it when somebody else does the heavy lifting for me, so, thanks, Tyler, for counting the number of scholarship players currently on Georgia’s roster.
  • Barry Alvarez sez, “To keep fans in the stands, you have to keep up with the technology, so they can continue to use those things in the stadium.” You could always beef up the home schedule, Barry.
  • Hunter Atkinson’s high school coach says the kid’s family has endured a backlash from third parties as a result of his withdrawal from Georgia.  Stay classy, people.
  • Troy’s Larry Blakeney suggests an interesting proposal for paying players – a stipend based on academic performance, paid to student-athletes per hour passed with a C or above.
  • Marc Weiszer talks to Danny Ware about a Knowshon-Gurley comparison.
  • High school quarterback being recruited by Georgia has this to say about his first conversation with the head guy:  “… The SEC is the biggest in college football. I was super excited to talk to Coach Richt. I was a little nervous. I had never talked to a coach that big before. It was awesome.”
  • Amateurism, first half of the 20th century style.
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Filed under Academics? Academics., Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, College Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on at Butts-Mehre?

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they’re on a spending spree with Richt’s support staff.

It appears that the new head of in-house recruiting for Georgia’s football program will have a new assistant on board as well.

UGA human resources this week put up an official job posting for an new “associate director of player personnel.” The job summary is as follows: “Responsible for assisting the Head Coach and the Director of Player Personnel with all matters related to football recruiting, including but not limited to, preparing film, conducting research, managing recruiting board, camps/clinics, creating databases/spreadsheets, official and unofficial visits, managing hourly/student workers, providing support for coaching staff, and high school coaches relations.”

I never expected Sabanesque levels of minions scurrying about doing Richt’s bidding, but this is a welcome development.  It seems to take a village to raise a recruiting class in the SEC these days.  Kudos to McGarity for accepting the financial realities of that.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Tuesday morning buffet

Have a bite or two…

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Filed under College Football, Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA

Sunday morning buffet

Eh, what the heck.

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Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

Today’s dog bites man story

Junior offers 13-year old quarterback who, four years later, is having second thoughts about his commitment.  Who’da thunk it?

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The genius of the genius

Non-snarky question:  would Paul Johnson make an offer like this if college football followed his suggestion about this?

Second non-snarky question:  assuming Johnson would in that scenario, would Trent Sellers accept it?

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

As a general rule of thumb, Boom…

… when Charles Robinson’s reporting something about your program, it’s not good news.

Former University of Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned this week after the NCAA received a photo of the coach sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during a mandated dead period in recruiting, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.

Three sources told Yahoo Sports the photo was turned over to the NCAA by an individual with ties to the Miami Hurricanes athletics program. Should the NCAA determine Phillips improperly recruited during a mandated dead period, it could be considered a major NCAA violation.

Moments like that remind me of this golden oldie.

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Friday morning buffet

Go get ‘em, Tiger.

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Filed under 'Cock Envy, Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, Stats Geek!, The Blogosphere

“I just committed.”

Is it just me, or does it seem like Georgia has seriously accelerated its evaluation and offer time to recruits since Jeremy Pruitt showed up?

The 6-foot-4, 218 pounder camped at Georgia on Tuesday and was offered by Mark Richt and staff on Wednesday during an unofficial visit. During his time at camp, McCrae posted an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds.

McCrae had been evaluated by Bobo and Ekeler previously and Tuesday wasn’t his first trip to Athens, but you get the feeling from the story and this tidbit from Carvell

By the end of the day, McCrae had committed to UGA over Kentucky, Louisville, and Michigan State. His runner-up school was Auburn, even though he hadn’t earned an offer from there yet.

“I think Auburn was fixing to pull the trigger,” he said. “If Auburn would’ve offered first, I would’ve committed there.”

… that the staff moved this into a higher gear once it sensed that other programs were focusing in on the kid.  Also, don’t forget this follows on the whirlwind courtship of Quincy Vasser.

Remember, this is the same Mark Richt who liked to move deliberately in making offers and complained about other programs tossing out offers like candy.  Now if you don’t want to be guilty of the same practice – and I don’t think Richt does – but you want to be assured you’re making the right calls with your offers, you’ve got to work harder and you’ve also got to be very confident in your player evaluations.

It’ll be interesting to see where this all shakes out in two or three years, but Georgia looks like it’s doing recruiting differently these days.

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Must… not… use… lost control meme… must not…

One of Georgia’s top 2015 targets, five-star safety Rashad Roundtree, has some concerns about the home state team.  Specifically, what’s with all those players leaving?

“It is really different,” Roundtree said. “You’re wondering what’s the problem or what’s going on at Georgia that makes everybody either get kicked off or want to leave. So it is kind of like, ‘Is there something under the covers that they are just hiding?’ So there is always that kind of feeling that this could be the wrong choice.”

Since Roundtree goes on to speak highly of Georgia’s coaches (Pruitt by name, in fact), you have to think this is something coming up on the recruiting trail.  And before you ask…

“I am hearing from Georgia the most,” Roundtree said. “After that it would be Florida and Ohio State or Auburn…”

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