There’s always a next recruiting cycle.

And here’s a good piece in the Red and Black (See?  I can be nice when it’s justified.) outlining Georgia’s primary 2013 targets.

I’d say Nick Saban has had a certain impact on Richt’s recruiting philosophy:

… No more than five years ago, it was rare for underclassmen to have received offers from major universities before they went through the routine of going to a school’s Junior Day in the winter, followed by the camp circuit throughout the spring and summer.

Now, offers are being thrown out as soon as possible.

Georgia has already extended over 40 offers to 2013 recruits, according to, and it is sure to give out many more over the next few months.

It’s a riskier strategy in an era when the SEC is tightening recruiting rules – especially since Richt isn’t a roster management guru – but obviously Georgia’s staff has concluded that it no longer has the luxury of sitting back on its evaluations and taking its time making offers to kids as it once did.


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37 responses to “There’s always a next recruiting cycle.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    OL is a deep position in Georgia for 2013, need need several.

  2. Well the point may be missed but having followed recruiting for too many years to remember, if you are not offering guys one year earlier than you did 10 years ago, you are falling way behind.

  3. Haywood Jablome

    Nice to hear even if it’s about five years later than our rivals in the SEC.

  4. Lrgk9

    To paraphrase one of the first jokes my daughter told as a four tear old – ‘What did the UA tomato say to the UGA tomato? Ketchup…’

  5. Cojones

    Seems to me we offered and the first 3 verbals accepted prior to season last year. I didn’t recoed the date , but there was another for next year. How many know about early committments each year for Stafford, AJ, others?

    I don’t mind everyone having interest, but why not put all the previous recruiting years together before comparing to a grey-shirting no-conscience terd from Bama and what he does. Those comparisons demonstrate that the author(s) are on the wrong track when using Saban to compare to. You should be comparing him to the standard we profess and follow at UGA.

    Some of you panic beyond reason and beyond what we stand for at UGA. I guess nothing has changed in some of the negative minds that got it wrong last year and put their stubborness before their coaching staff. If you kept up with facts and history you would be a little more believing in recruiting and coaching. Try it sometime. It is really enjoyable when you just look at the recruits that get it right instead of focusing on those who aren’t worthy of wearing the uniform.

    • Don’t take the R&B‘s word for it. Take Richt’s:

      “That it was one of those years in the state where we thought there was some elite players. One of the hardest things for us to do is to evaluate and nail down who you’re going to go after, especially in our own state. A lot of the out of state teams will just come in and just offer like mad. They’ll come in and just offer like candy. Quite frankly I’m not going to name names of schools, but a lot of them will do that just to get in the fight and if the kid commits too soon and they’re not sure they want, they’ll just tell them that’s not a committable offer. Whatever the heck that means? If we offer a kid in our state and he says he’s coming, we want to take him, OK? Sometimes we’re a little bit slower to offer maybe than some out of state schools. [Emphasis added.] Sometimes that might hurt a kid’s feelings. Sometimes that might hurt a coach’s feelings. That’s not our intention. Our intention is to have integrity when we offer a kid and be able to follow through.”

      Like it or not, something’s changed at Butts-Mehre.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Agreed and it is for the better IMHO.

      • Cojones

        Hell, I’ll drink to that as well. Drinkin’s good for the heart; -the liver, not so much.

      • Cojones

        My point was that I thought we were offering earlier. Your’s and Socrates point is not as many as others. What do you do with this balancing act when they all accept your offer beyond those numbers you can accept? Doesn’t paring the list early (“Sorry, could you hold off because we have a better guy we are waiting to hear from”) turn them against you as well?

    • Krautdawg

      Cojones, man, we’ve greyshirted before. The difference is that we’re not “no-conscience” in the way we do it. And I think people would simply like to see us keep doing it in a conscientious way. No one wants to apply Saban’s tactics and standards, but I think everyone would like the quality depth he’s accumulated. Right now, we don’t have that. Some people get angry about that; I drink another bourbon.

    • reddog

      It is nice to see something positive for a change. I believe that very little is gained from all the negative talk does nothing but hurt the program. I wonder if some people should have to show there degree before I can really believe they are not from one of our many border programs.

  6. ScoutDawg

    Listen to Socrates, he speaketh the truth.

  7. Nahila

    The Brown recruitment was a traversing in that UGA had at least well enough time to exam the new Ga. Law on immigration and try to either determine weather to assisting in finding his birth certificate or choose to advise him and his family to apply as a foreign exchange student which should have made Brown a 2012 recruit. it was a shame to lose him from this class during the last couple of weeks, as he is going to be a fine offensive guard in college and might have just had the talent to start his freshman year.

    • Dawgfan Will

      Even though I badly wanted Chester Brown to be a Dawg, I have been unable to get angry with UGA for what happened because I see that as a situation that could easily blindside an administration that had never dealt with it before. I work in education, and it is very easy to lose track of every new requirement that our lovely state and federal legislators regularly pile on.

      Still, I was really excited to get that first big Samoan on the team.

      • Cojones

        Do we also assume that our Compliance Dept. looked for a way to get him here? Since there was avoidance by Chester, I assumed it was too sensitive for things going wrong and his getting deported. That trumped his offer from the Dawgs, but why wouldn’t the same sensitive questions be asked by immigration in Fl? Just because the state and school don’t have a problem doesn’t mean that the INS won’t have one after it has been highlighted the way it has.

  8. Alphadawg

    This is a good thing, but I still hate the fact that we are Reactionary to these situations.

    • Dawgfan Will

      Until we were confronted by programs that started handing out offers “like candy,” there was no real need to offer so early; in fact, the whole point of offering later was to be certain that player was a good fit (in all the ways that Richt stresses “the Georgia way”). What’s going to happen to public opinion of Richt when he has a Justin Taylor/TJ Yeldon situation? What would everyone have been saying if we had taken some lower-ranked player in the spot that Harvey-Clemons is now in? This is obviously not an issue with the size class we signed this year, but it has happened before and will no doubt happen again. I somehow doubt everyone would be praising Richt for offering early.

      • Dawgfan Will

        Or to put it more succinctly: I’d rather Richt react to the prickish actions of others than act in a prickish fashion himself.

        • Nate Dawg

          Totally with you Will. I wonder if all the talk about this class of 2013 is spot on and Richt & Co knows it to be true so they are just reacting to this specific class, not necessary Saban-ing out on us, u dig? I hope that’s the case and I hope we really capitalize on these guys.

  9. shane#1

    Last year the Dawgs held out for some guys and it worked, this year it didn’t. Them’s the breaks when you gamble on teenagers. Early commits are good, but so many of the top players want to wait until signing day and play the hat trick. Do you give up on those guys early and offer someone else? If you do you may miss out on some game changers.

  10. Cojones

    At least the “Fire Richt” meme will be kept to a low ebb by Dawgs. Can’t speak much for the trolls/interlopers/HS kids fro Atlanta, etc.

  11. G Marmalard

    As long as you honor the first 25-28 who commit then say ” we’re full ” then I don’t see the problem. You just can’t wait and pick and choose from 30+ commits right around signing day like some programs.

  12. G Marmalard