Of all the signees without NLIs Mark Richt knows, Roquan Smith is definitely one of them.

Talk about your awkward interviews.

How did Richt feel about Roquan’s decision to not sign an NLI?

“Well, hmmm …” Richt told the AJC on Friday, before pausing for a few seconds.

The UGA coach then deliberated on that question for a little longer.

“I guess it’s new,” Richt said. “But the main thing was that I was happy he signed his scholarship with Georgia.”

Does Richt think Roquan will be a trendsetter for elite prospects in the future?

“Um, I don’t know … It remains to be seen,” he said. This time, it was me who paused for a few seconds to see if he would expand on his answer. Richt didn’t.

He knows.  But he ain’t sayin’.

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19 responses to “Of all the signees without NLIs Mark Richt knows, Roquan Smith is definitely one of them.

  1. Bill

    Their job is already hard enough having to recruit these kids up until signing day of their senior year. I want my coaches focused on making the team better with the kids they have on campus. Can’t imagine having to worry about the implications of a kid walking away scot-free after he’s already here. Let’s hope it’s not a trend.

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    • Just to clarify, a kid who has not signed an NLI can only walk away scot free up to the point that he attends his first class on campus. Once he attends that first class, it’s no different whether he signed an NLI or not. Otherwise, kids who enroll early would be able to walk away anytime. (Since they enroll before signing day, which is the first day NLI’s can be signed, EE’s don’t sign the NLI).

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  2. Cojones

    Then again, why would the kid waste his time as well? Unless he has a snit-fit not getting his way on something. If he does, who wants him after that?

    Speaking of trends, how about Gurley not letting a doctor examine his knee? He didn’t want it twisted and manipulated now since he had the operation slightly over 3 mos ago. First time that has happened at the combine. He’ll let them look at it when it matters.

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  3. I would not have clicked the link had I known it was written by Michael Carvell, he is simply a troll looking for clicks on his articles.

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    “This time, it was me who paused for a few seconds to see if he would expand on his answer. Richt didn’t.”

    Mark Richt has NOT lost control of questions he is not going to answer.

    An old PR maxim: No answer is hard to misquote.

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  5. TnTom

    An interview up to Carvell’s standards. He gets paid for this?

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  6. There needs to be a rule for coaches who are recruiting to have stay at the least, a year following the players commitment . It would be reasonable to for a kid to be able to make his mind up knowing the person he has made a bond with will be around at least a year. Maybe I’m wrong but think it’s a move in the direction for both the coaches and the athlete.

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    • There needs to be a rule for coaches who are recruiting to have stay at the least, a year following the players commitment

      If that were the case, a coach would never be able to leave. Coaches are always recruiting.

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    • If the NCAA passed such a rule the NCAA would lose another antitrust case. Remember when the NCAA passed a rule requiring that one college basketball assistant per team had to be a restricted earnings assistant, with a salary capped at some low figure? A bunch of assistants sued claiming antitrust violation and the NCAA lost. The NCAA isn’t going to go to the “restrict coaches’ opportunities” well again.

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  7. merk

    OT, but noticed that Chris Conley tied a few combine records and put up some pretty good numbers across the board. Would be nice for a UGA receiver not named AJ Green to get drafted high and pan out in the NFL.

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  8. Keese

    Sounds like coach Richt even knows what a hack Carvell is and not offering up anything

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Coach Richt gets it, but it’s long past time Georgia’s Athletic Department learns its lesson about full transparency.

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  9. HVL Dawg

    Why is everyone so concerned about Roquan being transgender?

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