It looks as if there’s been a permanent turn in recruiting philosophy in Athens.
… Prior to landing offensive lineman Vince Vance and defensive linemen Corvey Irvin and Jarius Wynn from Georgia Military College, Georgia shied away from recruiting junior college players. The three transfers, however, have proved so successful, that Richt is hoping to land another group of stars this year.
“After our experience with Jarius, Corvey and Vince Vance, that was a very positive experience with those guys,” Richt said. “We went there as kind of a desperation situation, and not to say that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives there, but there are some very quality players and quality people, and we found three of them.”
According to Rivals.com, Georgia is recruiting three junior-college players this season: wide receivers Cameron Kenney from Garden City (Kansas) Community College and Leon Berry from East Mississippi Community College, along with junior college All-American defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
I don’t think this is necessarily bad, but I do find it interesting, given how strongly Richt felt in the past about not recruiting JC players. With the size of this year’s recruiting class, you just hope the coaches have done as accurate job evaluating these kids’ ability to contribute immediately as they did with the previous three.