I’m missing something here – at least I hope I am – but this quote from Richt left me scratching my head a bit.

Richt confirmed Tuesday that he knew in advance that 2011 defensive line signee Chris Mayes would not qualify and have to attend junior college (Mayes is bound for Gulf Coast Community College). Richt said there were no other signees he knew that about in advance. Asked if he thinks all will make it, he replied, “Yeah, they’re all in the fight.”

Obviously, there’s “in advance” and then there’s “in advance”, but I hope that doesn’t mean before national signing day, because that would mean he deliberately left a roster slot on the table.


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9 responses to “Undersigning

  1. ChicagoDawg

    Undersigning is this year’s oversigining. Keep up with the trends Senator.


  2. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    Dasher clears it up …

    Richt said the coaches signed Chris Mayes knowing full well the former Spalding High standout would not get into school. “We knew Chris was not going to qualify,” Richt said of Mayes, who has since enrolled at Gulf Coast Community College. … When asked if the rest of Georgia’s incoming class would qualify, Richt said “They’re all in the fight.”



  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Nothing new here. CMR undersigns every year. Guess he feels the Dawgs don’t need the full 85 man roster. The good news is we’ve searched all over the state to pick up plenty of preferred one-star walk-ons for the scout team.


  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    How many years in a row is it now that CMR has failed to sign a full complement of recruits? He then gives whatever scholarships are left to reward walk-ons. While I respect the gesture compare that to Saban who oversigns an average of 5 per year. Bottom line, Saban has 20+ more look-sees every four years. That’s an entire extra signing class. I don’t like it but if the NCAA or the SEC won’t make Saban and the others who abuse oversigning stop doing it, UGA has no choice but to engage in the practice or else be left behind. This very thing is why there always seems to be a crisis at some position because of injury. Not enough recruits at all positions. You cannot compete effectively against teams that, as a practical matter, have 105 scholarship athletes and limit yourself to 80-85.


    • Biggity Ben

      Mayor, I have to disagree with you. I love UGA football and I want us to win, but like my momma always said, two wrongs don’t make a right. Now, I will say that signing a guy who you KNOW won’t make the squad is not the way to go about it either. There has to be a happy medium somewhere.


      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        The “happy medium” of which you speak is the Saban way–sign 105 for 85 spots over 4 years. Everybody has a shot at making the team only it is guaranteed that 20 are not going to make it. Which 20 is to be determined by performance. Saban doesn’t KNOW on signing day which signees he’s gonna kick off the team. If he did he would give that scholarship to someone else. He just knows that some of them are gonna be gone. Understand, I do not approve of this practice at all. I simply advocate self-defense as an option.


  5. 69Dawg

    Gee I wonder why we don’t have enough OL guys????


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Because we didn’t sign enough o-linemen because we didn’t oversign. That’s the other part of oversigning. You get to assess your needs and then decide who stays. I can see where a LB who was better at his position might be run off by Saban in favor of a DB who was not as good at his position simply because they need DBs and have plenty of LBs.


  6. zdub

    It’s too early to judge whether or not this was the right move in this particular case. If Mayes gets to UGA (in 2013, most likely) and becomes a absolute beast on the D-line once Geathers and Jenkins are gone then all is well. If he does not perform well then it was a wasted roster spot. Either way, we won’t know for sure until 2-3 years from now.

    Richt knows he has two DTs on the team for 2011 (and probably 2012) and I bet that influenced his decision to still sign Mayes even though he wasn’t going to qualify.