This isn’t your father’s Georgia recruiting.

By now, I assume most of you have heard that Georgia has made a late addition to the recruiting class of 2015.  And it’s not some obscure two-star recruit nobody’s ever heard of before, either.  (Not that that hasn’t paid off for Georgia before.)

Nope, Georgia managed to grab three-star Mirko Jurkovic, an offensive lineman who originally was a Ohio State commit, was then chased by Notre Dame when that fell through and wound up committing to Athens when the Irish couldn’t make room.

Former Ohio State football signee Mirko Jurkovic told the AJC that it was a phone conversation with Mark Richt on Monday evening that made him commit on the spot.

The offensive lineman from Florida’s IMG Academy picked UGA over Notre Dame and Florida after not being able to enroll at Ohio State due to an academic issue.

What exactly did Richt say to Jurkovic?

“I talked to Coach Richt about 20 minutes ago,” Jurkovic told the AJC. “He told me that I would be admitted, so then I told him that I was coming to Georgia.”

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder went ahead and committed, despite the fact that he’s never stepped foot on UGA’s campus. He’ll take an official visit with the Bulldogs on July 13-14.

“It’s just that I know I’m going to love Georgia … that’s why I committed so quickly,” Jurkovic said. “I talked to so many people about it. I talked to my uncle about Georgia, and he told me to finish it as soon as possible. I’m going to enjoy Georgia. I just know it.”

Think about how quickly this broke in Georgia’s favor.  The news on DeVondre Seymour leaving the program barely had time to sink in before the staff was moving upon learning that Jurkovic was in play.  And they managed to grab a kid who’s obviously not a stiff without even getting him on campus first because they had an open slot on the offensive line that needed filling.  Quite the nimble sales job there.

For a staff whose chronic undersigning was the most serious structural flaw of the second half of Richt’s tenure, that is a remarkable turn of events.

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Tape don’t lie.

After being caught on tape punching a woman in the face last month at a Tallahassee bar, FSU quarterback De’Andre Johnson managed to bypass a baseball team suspension and go straight to outright dismissal from the football program.

State’s attorney Willie Meggs, who decided to charge Johnson after seeing video of the incident, said the woman still had a black eye when he met with her last week.

Shit, when you’ve lost Willie Meggs, you’ve got real problems.

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I knew that song sucked.

Texas A&M had to reinforce the south end zone stands at Kyle Field after they shifted unsettlingly during the Aggies’ loss to LSU because of the playing of “Sandstorm”.

I wonder if that’s what McGarity was referring to when he said “…we have an opportunity to do certain things that will get our crowd excited in a proactive manner, rather than in a reactive manner.”

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The continuing adventures of run the damned ball, Bobo.

I was wandering around Phil Steele’s site, looked at his Georgia page, and suddenly this set of stats connected in my brain:

  • Hutson Mason, average yards per pass attempt:  7.8
  • Nick Chubb, average yards per carry:  7.1
  • Todd Gurley, average yards per carry:  7.4
  • Sony Michel, average yards per carry:  6.4

Okay, so how much would you have run it?

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Laremy Tunsil, and waving red flags in front of the NCAA

Ole Miss fans, I speak from sad experience:  bad things can happen when TMZ is on the mother.

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UPDATE:  Chill, everybody.  Just chill.

To continue the metaphor, maybe Ole Miss has called in Winston Wolf.

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Musical palate cleanser, dry your eyes my little friend edition

In honor of one of last week’s headers, here’s a little treat from the late, great Warren Zevon.

But not “Werewolves of London”, out of respect.

Instead, it’s one of my favorites, “Johnny Strikes Up The Band”, live from 1982.

And, as a bonus, here’s a single from Zevon’s first professional incarnation, a duo that went by the name Lyme & Cybelle. It’s as trippy as you might expect from the heart of the sixties.

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Up the middle

Seth Emerson may have changed employers, but he still gives us his preseason series of Georgia’s most important (as opposed to best) players.  Number four is Trent Thompson, who is yet to take a snap in anger dressed in red and black. Before you raise an eyebrow over that choice, let Seth explain.

Georgia’s defensive line has been solid the last few years, but just that. There hasn’t been a star there sinceJohn Jenkins, and even he didn’t end up an All-SEC type performer. Enter Thompson, who 247Sports tabbed as the nation’s best overall prospect. He joins a line that has several solid veterans (Sterling Bailey, Chris Mayes, James DeLoach, Josh Dawson) and other promising newcomers (Jonathan Ledbetter, Michael Barnett). The top departures from last year are Mike Thornton and Ray Drew, who were … yes, solid.

That’s the recurring theme with Georgia’s line. It’s lacked the difference-maker who other teams had to scheme around, the kind of guy who could get into the backfield a half-dozen times a game.

As a team last year Georgia averaged 5.46 tackles-for-loss, ranking 78th nationally. The year before, Georgia averaged 6.23, ranking 45th. But look at the numbers in 2012 and 2011, when Jenkins, Kwame Geathers and company were around: 6.5 TFLs-per-game in 2012 (ranked 19th in the nation), and 7.14 per game in 2011 (ranked ninth nationally.) Yes, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree accounted for a lot of those. But some of that was the defensive line swallowing blocks and forcing the play outside. Thompson could do that, and rack up some big plays of his own.

For once, stats back up perception.

Seth goes on to describe a best case scenario for Thompson this season, where he finishes with somewhere between 7-10 sacks and 15-20 TFLs.  If Pruitt gets that kind of production out of him, look out world.  I’ll just say I’d be satisfied if Thompson can fill the lesser bill of stuffing the middle of the line and forcing plays into the hands of Georgia’s outside linebackers.  I know the secondary is still a work in progress, but Georgia’s got to find a way of defending the run that’s an improvement over what we saw in the second half of 2014 if it’s going to excel this season.

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