Count me as one of those who doesn’t believe that many recruits base their choice on seeing their team win on an official visit. But I do think Mark Richt is on to something with this:
Richt has an interesting perspective on recruiting. It would be easy to assume, especially in games like this, that the winning team comes out of a game with an edge.
Not necessarily, Richt said.
Often, a recruit may already be interested in a program and therefore rooting for it from start to finish. Sometimes, it just depends on how a game turns out.
“I don’t think the team that wins necessarily might get this guy over another,” Richt said. “I think more times than not, as the game’s being played, it reveals to the kid who he likes the best. He sees a battle. Somewhere in his gut he’s probably going to be cheering for one team over the other. I’ve seen that happen a lot. If he’s not sure, I think it comes down to, ‘Where do I fit in their plans? What kind of people am I going to be around?’”
Sometimes, as they say, the heart wants what the heart wants.