Interesting quote here ($$):
“Georgia right now is going to get the pick of the litter in the state of Georgia,” said Lorenzo Ward, the former South Carolina defensive coordinator who now holds the same position at Chattanooga. “When (former Georgia coach) Mark Richt was there, it was totally different. They went outside the state first to get guys, and it frustrated a lot of the high school coaches in Georgia. They would go recruit outside the state first and think they could come back in later and get the in-state kids they wanted.
“(Current Georgia coach Kirby Smart) came in and totally did away with that and recruited the in-state kids first. That’s what the high school coaches wanted. A lot of the high school coaches didn’t like Georgia because of the way Richt recruited when he was there, giving late offers. Now, they attack the state and right now they get all the top players they want in the state of Georgia.”
I was under the impression that Richt was slow in making offers not so much because he took in state recruits for granted as he was generally stubborn about not making too many offers, as other schools were doing.
Maybe it’s tone, more than anything, because Smart’s certainly had no problem chasing out of state kids.