You think Mark Richt is happy? Mark Richt is happy.
“I’m kind of speechless,” Richt said. “This guy is exactly what we need to really make this 3-4 (defense) go. John is the cherry on top (of the recruiting class). That’s the biggest cherry I’ve seen on top of an awesome class that we have. First of all, John’s an awesome kid. He’s just got a great personality. He’s a hard worker and has a great spirit about him.
“He’s going to show up to work every day with a smile on his face ready to go. For a guy that big to be a high energy guy, it’s hard to find. His attitude is going to be very contagious on this defense, on the team and even our fans. Everyone is going to love this kid. He’s a big, massive guy who can play the center of our 3-4 defense. This is the first year we had to recruit a guy like him. To get a player who I think is the No. 1 nose in America is awesome.”
Make that awesomely happy. Me too. I told a friend of mine as we were walking to Stegeman yesterday that this signing excited me more than any other in this year’s class. Why? Here are a few reasons:
- Beating out Florida for a top recruit is always good for a cheap thrill, at worst.
- Just as the case with Crowell, Richt took an enormous strategic gamble by not recruiting any other immediate help at the nose position, and wound up winning big. (Or maybe more accurately, not losing big.)
- Grantham is sold on this kid. I get the feeling he’s already got a strong idea of how he’s going to strategize against running quarterbacks, an admitted weakness last season.
- The one person in Athens I suspect is more thrilled with Jenkins’ signing is DeAngelo Tyson, who moves to end, a position to which he is much better suited.
- Indeed, as Garner and Grantham both point out, Jenkins allows them to sort out the bodies on the defensive line nicely.
- In case you were wondering, Boise State’s starting center is 5’11” and weighs 285 pounds. (He was a first-team All-WAC selection.)
- And the real cherry on the sundae: “There might be a play or two [on offense] for him. If you look back, there’s been some big guys that have lined up in the backfield before.”
Welcome, Big John.