Mark Richt’s shades of grey

Much to the chagrin of some, I’m guessing, it appears that Mark Richt sees a difference between greyshirting and oversigning.

That’s not just talk, either.

So he’s made offers when he doesn’t have slots available in the current class, but has been able to get them all in on time when the dust settled.  Honestly, I don’t have a problem with that as long as the coaches are upfront about it and the players know what they’re facing.

Of course, I don’t know how that fits in with this revelation.

That’s probably to save face.  The question I’ve got is whether the coaches remain silent about that as well.  If so, that would seem to have the potential to mislead other recruits about the status of the class.  I presume, though, that Richt is pretty careful to avoid that problem.

In any event, if you’re part of the “of course greyshirting is part of oversigning” crowd, then Richt is at least a little bit pregnant on the matter.  If you’re like me, it’s not a problem at all, given the way he handles it.  But assuming everyone’s on board with what the staff does, it should make McGarity’s position at the SEC meetings this month a little less extreme than some have suggested, no?


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10 responses to “Mark Richt’s shades of grey

  1. ChicagoDawg

    I do recall in the recruitment of the older Theus he was originally offered as a ‘grayshirt’ only. This opened up his recruitment a bit and the staff converted the offer to a standard Fall enrollment. That situation, if it is consistent with other circumstances seems appropriate as all parties were fully aware of the situation. The kid leveraged (w/ the help of having a 5-star younger brother in the pipeline) that knowledge by threatening to take visits to other schools and it got him the standard offer — good for him. Everything seemed above board in this case.


  2. fuelk2

    The distinction here is transparency about the nature of the offer with the recruit and transparency about the nature of the offer with the media. To me, the former is the only one of any importance. Sure, we would all love to know every word that is said to a recruit, but we have no right to that. Plus, I agree that it allows a kid to look like he’s getting the same offer everyone else is so that he can hold his head equally high.


  3. I don’t have a problem with grayshirting, so long as everyone is informed going into it. I don’t like the practice of offering players fall enrollment with the belief that they will not qualify, only to push them off to January enrollment when they do qualify. I think that is wrong, and I think players should be let out of any letter of intent if such were to happen.


  4. HK

    There’s a certain level of oversigning knowing there’s potential for greyshirts that has to be done. Same reason hotels overbook and you invite more people to a fundraiser or wedding than you have seats for; a few people don’t show up most of the time. Every now and then someone gets the butt end of it, but if, as in this case, certain recruits are informed ahead of time that if someone’s going to be the one to get the grey shirt if it doesn’t work out, its them, and they’re ok with that, then I don’t see anything wrong with it at all. I’d have given my left nut to be “the guy who might get a grey shirt at UGA” out of high school.

    Some people forget that aspect of this; not all these kids have offers from everywhere in the country. Most of them in this situation have their one big offer come from UGA and I don’t think most of their lives are turned upside down if they have to rely on the Hope scholarship for a semester. Or hell, even take out a loan for a semester; state school ain’t that expensive for just one semester that you have to pay back over 20 years on a loan with no collateral. Again, my left nut.


  5. dawghouse23

    It’s really all about the information being communicated to the recruit. I don’t have a problem with grayshirting or even oversigning as long as the recruit is told upfront what will happen. If the coach is telling the recruit the truth to the recruit (and his parents) about their plans and the kid still chooses to take a chance, than that’s on the recruit. But the coaches have to honest and I think that’s how Richt opperates. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s how a lot of other coaches opperate.


  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Attrition is a big problem for the Dawgs. Some recruits don’t qualify after signing a LOI – which uses up a very valuable roster spot. Others don’t make it through their 4 or 5 year hitch for a variety of reasons (which we’re all familiar with) – again, using up very valuable roster spots. I guess CMR’s approach of using schollys for walk-ons is about as honorable as one can get. I’m not aware of CMR using greyshirts to any significant extent. I believe the Dawgs have gone into recent seasons short-handed due to attrition. I also believe CMR could safely oversign by a couple players just using past attrition as a guide. HK’s comment above provided some good examples where overbooking is standard practice. A coach MUST consider attrition when he signs recruits in February.


  7. IveyLeaguer

    To compare what Richt does with people like Saban or Miles, is like the comparison between Herschel Walker and Washaun Ealey … there is none.

    Put another way, to compare Richt with the Oversigners, is the same thing as saying the man who pushes the old lady INTO the way of an oncoming bus, and the man who pushes the old lady OUT of the way of an oncoming bus, are both people who push old ladies around.


  8. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I m curious if the group here has the same reservations about blueshirting (telling a player to show up in the fall on his own to walk-on with the promise of a scholarship in the spring) as everyone seems to have about oversigning in general and greyshirting in particular. Isn’t blueshirting worse than greyshirting? The blueshirt kid has to pay his own way for a semester whereas the greyshirt just shows up a semester later.