David Ching has a good story he tells in today’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about the recruitment of Eric Zeier (the quarterback, not the color commentator):
… When Richt was a Florida State assistant in the early 1990s, the Seminole coaching staff made a serious push to lure Zeier to Tallahassee to play quarterback.
In fact, Richt thought he had convinced Zeier to play for Florida State, only to discover too late that Georgia offensive coordinator Wayne McDuffie brought the then-Marietta High star to Athens and had him enroll in January so he could participate in spring practice.
“I recruited him real hard. We thought we had him, really,” Richt recalled. “We thought we really had him at Florida State and then when Wayne McDuffie came from the Falcons, he basically told him he was gonna put in a lot of Florida State’s system because he knew it — he came from Florida State — and then also he felt like he had a shot to play as a true freshman at Georgia.
“Plus they were very wise, they got him enrolled at the midyear. He was enrolled in school before we even found out we lost him,” Richt continued. “I thought we were in the lead and then the next day I read he was in school. I was like, ‘I don’t think we’re gonna get him now.'”
From potential recruit to commenting publicly on the job performance of the guy who chased you unsuccessfully. Life sure does have its little wrinkles.