Quincy Vasser, or how HUNH has come to Georgia’s recruiting

Once upon a time, Mark Richt was known for a deliberate approach to his program’s recruiting.  Talent had to be properly evaluated.  Handing out offers like candy was an approach for other schools to take on the recruiting trail.  Thoughtfulness was the watchword.

“The biggest problem I see is trying to see the entire pool of athletes at any one position before you start targeting them. Let’s say there are ten out there at a certain position. You might have enough time to evaluate the first five and you think all those guys are worthy of an offer because you think they can all get the job done, but you haven’t seen the other five yet. Sometimes you can get a bunch of guys committed before you see the pool. When we do offer a young man this time of year, I’ll tell the staff let’s be certain that if we offer this young man and he commits that we are going to be excited about it.We are not throwing out as many offers as some other schools because we do want to see the pool. There are some guys who we feel strongly enough about to offer early. You don’t want to offer until you feel very confident that he is the type of player, person and student that you want.”

The problem for Richt became apparent over time:  for many schools, the shotgun approach worked and that meant Georgia was missing out on kids it was making offers to later in the game.  Richt adapted to the changing conditions by bringing more resources to play (better recruiters on the staff, bringing in Daryl Jones as director of on-campus recruiting, for example) which enabled him to pick up the pace on offering recruits.

But Georgia’s gone to warp speed with Quincy Vasser.

Quincy Vasser, a defensive end out of a Texas junior college, tweeted on Thursday night that he had committed to UGA. The news spread quickly on Twitter, and was reported by many recruiting websites.

There was some confusion because traditionally at UGA, recruits have to talk over the phone or meet with Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt first before the commitment is officially accepted. Vasser hasn’t talked to Richt, and the New York native has never been to Georgia.

That’s, um, fast.  Breakneck fast.  And you’d best be hoping Kevin Sherrer’s done his homework.

UGA’s courtship of Vasser, if it sticks, was fast and furious — and did not follow the same procedure of most other commitments under Richt. Vasser has never been to Georgia, has never talked to Richt on the phone, and has never met any Georgia coaches in person. There’s really not much of an existing relationship between Vasser and UGA, other than a few phone calls with Sherrer and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

At least he’s talked to somebody.

Taking my tongue out of my cheek, I’m not opposed to breaking out offers this rapidly, if – and it’s a big if – you’ve got a staff that’s very confident and accurate with its player evaluations.  Because your competitors are moving fast, too.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder said he committed to Georgia over an offer from Maryland, and also had interest from Pitt, Ole Miss, and Florida State. He said he got an email from Alabama on Thursday night within 30 minutes of his UGA tweet.

I’m guessing this is another lesson Pruitt and Sherrer learned and brought in with them.  It’s definitely a different way from how things were done in Athens. (Should I let out a McGarity-esque “time will tell” now?)



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14 responses to “Quincy Vasser, or how HUNH has come to Georgia’s recruiting

  1. Deutschland Domiciliary Dog

    How about us id-ing some serious OL talent and get them committed so quickly.


  2. Interesting post, for sure.

    In some cases, it doesn’t take long at all to see if a kid can play, they just jump out at you when you watch their film. The rest of the investigation does take a little time, you’d think, IDK how much.

    Whatever happened in this case, I doubt it’s an indication we are throwing around offers, or making them without knowing what we are doing. If this is a recruiting mistake, and we’ve jumped the gun, it would be a very bad sign. But I don’t think so. That would be contrary to everything we’ve seen to this point since Pruitt arrived.

    It is curious, though, and I’d like to know how it went down. Hope you can find out something.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    The only negative I see at this point is: his name is Quincy.


  4. ClydeBoogie

    Good Senator, The new coaching staff has me super-hyped! To be honest I’m feeling all Munsonish…The stadium is Rocking…And the Girders are Bending….And The Dawgs have coming Roaring from Behind!!!! I’m not even worrying about my bubble bursting. I’m having to much fun filling it up!


  5. Sanford222view

    I also wonder if he can make it academically only because I believe he went to Hargrave out of high school and then still had to go the JC route.


  6. mg4life0331

    Perhaps he was already evaluated prior to the arrival of the new coaches.


  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    First the brush pass at the Masters. Now this. Looks like we’re learning to fight the Japs like Japs.


  8. Otter

    I question if there is more to the story behind the scenes with the UGA coaches.
    I hope Sherrer did not go rogue on this one.
    Any thoughts on if Sherrer had authority (de jure or de facto) to do this in the first place???


  9. Skeeter

    What next?! An indoor practice field!?