This is what damage control sounds like:
Chad Clay, a 3-star defensive back from Georgia’s Peachtree Ridge High School, said UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called last week to let him know what was going on.
“For me, I tried to block out what everybody was saying in the media and stuff and truly listen to what the coaches were saying,” Clay said. “They told me what really happened. You just can’t believe the rumors and everything you hear with that.”
Clay did not go into specifics, but did touch on how he felt about UGA after talking to Pruitt.
“I just think there was a disagreement among the coaches,” Clay said. “Arguments happen in football. Of course they happen and when you are not winning there is tension. But I think things at UGA will be just fine.”
He said he felt reassured.
“What (Pruitt) told me has me confident and still left me with the same feelings I have for Georgia,” he said.
Gosh, why would Pruitt feel the need to reach out like that to a kid who’s been solid for a while?
Clay said he also heard from rival recruiters after all those rumors surfaced last week.
“Of course those other schools knew about it and they reached out and asked me how strong was my commitment to Georgia,” Clay said. “But nothing really serious with all of it.”
Eh, sure. But they’ll be keeping your number in their speed dial, Chad. It’s nice to know they care.