A light nosh before SEC Media Days kicks off.
Now I know that two kids hardly constitutes a trend, but I still find it interesting that this tidbit pops up on Georgia’s latest commit for the class of 2015:
The big man, who also plays lacrosse, can get to the second level in a hurry and while he needs to improve angles, he can be an effective second-level blocker. [Emphasis added.]
Along with Greg Pyke, that makes for two big lacrosse players potentially suiting up for Will Friend. Coincidence, an appreciation for kids who are generally good athletes, or do you think the Georgia coaches see something specifically useful in having a background in that other sport?
I’m pretty sure Carvell is trolling somebody here. I’m just not quite sure whom. Are we supposed to be surprised that a wide receiver would turn down an offer from Georgia Tech to take one from Duke?
Interesting post up at Roll Bama Roll about how the current devolution of reliance on a stud running back in the NFL may be having an effect on the Tide’s recruiting. It may already be having a ripple effect in college, as these charts indicate:
It’s not that colleges and pro teams don’t need a running game. It’s just that the nature of how those teams construct a running game has changed. And that’s having an effect on the value of running backs. We saw evidence of that in this past draft, where the first running back taken wasn’t until pick #54.
As far as recruiting goes, if you’re a running back, you’re a running back and that’s it. But what if you’re a talented high school player who has the ability to show out at more than one position? Is that RBs are getting paid less to do their thing on Sundays going to impact your decision on how you want to be recruited? I don’t know, but I do find it interesting that the current Alabama recruiting class, nineteen commits strong, only has one running back in its numbers.
Now I know that ‘Bama, like Georgia, isn’t the most attractive place to draw running back recruits for 2015, given the depth the school has at the position, so I don’t want to read too much into that. But I’ll be curious to see if there’s something to this longer term – especially because Georgia has very similar needs on offense to Alabama’s.
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.
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.