“I’m not going to lie, food played a role in my recruitment.”

I don’t know how you can write an article about the importance of food in hosting recruits without a reference to Willie Williams, but so be it.

Evidently no detail is too small, though.

“We want to know what the kids like before they visit,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “What drinks they like? What food they like? There was this one time we found out this guy liked a certain kind of chocolate milk, and we made sure it was there. All of those things are important.”

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28 responses to ““I’m not going to lie, food played a role in my recruitment.”

  1. Russ

    Willie Williams…long may his legacy reign!

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  2. 202dawg

    I still remember reading ol Willie’s journal entry the first time. That is some quality stuff, man.

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  3. Reservoir Dawg

    One of the 70’s era assistant coaches used to tell a great story about trying to keep up eating bananas with Eddie “Meat Cleaver” Weaver on a recruiting visit. Willie’s story makes that seem just so quaint.

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    • truck

      One of my old college buddies was a waiter at a steak restaurant when Coach Dooley brought the entire team in for dinner one night. Apparently one of the student aides told my buddy, “Watch that guy – that’s Meat Cleaver Weaver. When you bring him his steak, he’s gonna eat it real fast and then try to get a second one by claiming you never brought him one.” Sure enough, my pal gave Eddie a steak and walked away. He turned and saw Weaver wolf down the steak in three bites, hide the plate under his chair, and start waving his hands at another waiter, saying, “Hey man! Where’s my steak? You never brought me mine!!”

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  4. joe

    If ray Goff had owned all those zaxby’s when he was coaching, he might not have ever gotten fired.

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  5. stuckinred

    Yoo-hoo?

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  6. Cojones

    If food would influence a recruit that much, what does that say about the “hostess” recruiting by Kiffen?

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  7. 3rdandGrantham

    Places like Seattle and Palo Alto are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to supplying good BBQ, Chick-Fil-A, and the like. Could you imagine an athlete from the south traveling to up to U-Dub? He’d be relegated to seared salmon with a side of couscous, along with a chai tea to wash it all down.

    Just for entertainment purposes to see coaches totally scrambling, I’d love for a top recruit to request a strictly vegan diet featuring tempeh, ginger wheat berry salad with kale, along with hot and cold green tea. Oh, also a nice bowl of seaweed for digestion purposes and non-dairy chia seed cookies as a dessert.

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    • Denver94

      Step away from the Earth Fare, man.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Ironically enough, I personally eat mostly a vegan diet (though I still enjoy good bbq, wings, or a steak 1-2 times a month). One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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        • Glad you spoke up. My bride is a vegan and puts together a mean quinoa,amaranth,buckwheat, oatmeal porridge in a rice cooker on a timer. Have it every morning. She’s a bit of health girl and likes to try new things. I’ll still slow cook a brisket on the grill when the boys come over and bring their friends. And I enjoy it. I eat healthier for the most part but have a weakness for a good steak. There was a small hole in the wall restaurant in Athens… Bones I think? On Baxter? Served a steak they called Walker’s Fillet. Not bad.

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          • 3rdandGrantham

            Mine was for health reasons only. Heart disease runs rampant in my family, and though I was a workout freak who ate a healthy diet, at age 30 my cholesterol was in the mid 200’s, thanks to my love of grilled chicken and fish (yep, ounce for ounce, lean grilled chicken has pretty much as much cholesterol as a fatty steak).

            Sadly, many (if not most) Americans are misguided in thinking that statins (like Lipitor) are some magic pill that makes all your concerns go away, but many thousands of Americans continue to die yearly from heart attacks while actively on such medications (Tim Russert is a perfect example—in fact he had just seen his cardiologist just a week before his death).

            My brother is a cardiologist and recommended a mostly vegan diet a good few years back. For those looking for more info, I’d recommend the book “The China Study” and the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Rip Esselstyn’s “Engine 2 Diet” book also is great.

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        • stuckinred

          I haven’t had beef, pork or booze in 21 + years. Nothin but a thang!

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  8. WF dawg

    I’ll have a roast beef sandwich and…a roast beef sandwich. Charge it to Mr. Underhill.

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  9. DawgPhan

    and yet there are still people that would insist that we have never lost a recruit because of facilities or anything like that.

    You could lose a recruit over chocolate milk. You think and IPF doesnt matter?

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  10. Noonan

    Auburn: ”The girls at the party were much better than the farmer girls we’d see all day around campus,” Williams said. “I was kind of worried all Auburn had to offer was those farmer girls that talked funny. But the girls at the party weren’t farmer girls at all. I thought they must have bused them in from Miami.”

    Complete naivete. They bused them in from Columbus.

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  11. AusDawg85

    What am I going to do — fly home to eat shrimp?”

    Everything you need to know about CFB in one sentence.

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  12. ChunkyA

    Hey…if anyone remembers…the quality of the food at UGA seemed to play a big role in why Gurley chose to come to Athens….he was gushing about it at his commitment presser

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  13. Hogbody Spradlin

    I know the schools have to try and impress, but things like this are why these guys get an over blown sense of importance and entitlement.

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