Category Archives: Recruiting

“He has been all-in with UGA from the get-go.”

You know what the best part is about the news that Jacob Eason will sign his financial-aid papers with Georgia on Friday?

Now the media can ask Richt and Schottenheimer if Eason will be the starter in 2016.  Good times!


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Dawgged pursuit

I guess you could say Jeremy Pruitt sees something he really, really likes in Rico McGraw.

“Coach Pruitt was the first person to ever offer me while he was at Alabama,” McGraw said of the former Alabama secondary coach who saw McGraw after his freshman season at a 7-on-7 camp in Tuscaloosa. “When he made the transition to Florida State, he offered me there. I always wanted to play for coach Pruitt. …One day I finally decided to follow my heart and I ended up here with coach Pruitt.”

It’s nice to be wanted.


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Now, this is how you negatively recruit.

Either Rashan Gary’s mom’s football knowledge is penetrating enough that she could have a job as a football analyst, or somebody on the recruiting trail has done an excellent job prepping her:

“I know they run a 3-4 defense, and I don’t know how good that would be for my son,” Jennifer Coney told the AJC.

“In that three-person line, their job is to hold the offensive line so the linebackers can come in to make the tackle. Well, how is Rashan supposed to shine in a 3-4? A 4-3 defense is what I prefer. It’s OK for him to play in a 3-4, only if they rotate in a 4-3. I just don’t see how playing in a 3-4 defense would benefit him.”

Here’s the list of schools hot on Gary’s trail.  I’ll leave it to you to decide who’s been schooling whom.


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Recruiters read comment threads.

Internet wisdom, for the win:

“Really what every school says, tells the recruit that they’ll have playing time and they can coach them up and maybe get them to the NFL,” Manac told the AJC.

This is the same pitch that 3-star cornerback Chad Clay gets from Ohio State, the team that finished second to the Bulldogs when Clay committed in May, and Oklahoma.

While this is a pretty typical pitch that committed players receive, they aren’t always this cordial.

“I’ve heard some schools say, ‘Do you want to be an underachiever? They always underachieve,’ or, ‘When’s the last time they won a championship?’ Stuff like that,” Clay said.

Some schools do things like that.  It’s just too bad for them that more high schoolers don’t read Georgia message boards, I suppose.


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Will you still need me, will you still feed me… when I’m seventy-four?

I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

During an official visit with the Gamecocks on Friday, Class of 2017 quarterback Jake Fromm (Warner-Robins, Ga./Houston County) told that Spurrier told him he would “stay at South Carolina six more years” if the talented signal caller committed to the Gamecocks.

The only thing left for him to tell recruits is that he plans to die on the sidelines during a game.


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“When I talked to coach McClendon about the offer, he told me that I was the youngest kid he has offered.”

Before you get too appalled by this, realize that South Carolina has already offered this kid.

I guess that means Spurrier intends to coach until he’s, what, eighty?


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Mark Bradley’s quote is killing South Carolina’s recruiting.

Er, not exactly.

The speculation is reasonable given that Spurrier, the best coach in Gamecock history, is 70 years old. It’s also entirely supported by a slip of the tongue that Spurrier had at the end of the 2014 season.

Give me two or three more (years). I used to say four or five, now I’m down to two or three. I mean, I could get in a car wreck, but I’m definitely planning on being back.

Two or three more seasons from that point would have Spurrier retiring after the 2016 or 2017 season. Which means that if true, Spurrier would be the coach for less than half of a current recruit’s career in Columbia.

Brandon Larrabee of Team Speed Kills put it well.

The truth is, no one — including Spurrier — likely knows how long it is that he’s going to coach. It’s not going to be a particularly long time, but the Head Ball Coach first said he would probably coach another four or five years, roughly four or five years ago. When he recently modified that answer to two to three years, it was bound to cause some anxiety with recruits. Spurrier created his own monster here — not the AJC or anyone else.

And that monster is looking pretty bleak right now, if you’re a Gamecock fan.

South Carolina’s recruiting class floundered down the stretch, finishing ninth in the SEC. That’s well behind division rivals Tennessee and Georgia, and about even with a Florida Gators program that was fresh off a coaching change.

This year, it is even worse. South Carolina would be last in SEC recruiting if not for the sinking ship that is Vanderbilt under Derek Mason. The Gamecocks have just two four-star recruits and eight total commitments. Only one of the eight is from the Palmetto state.

Compare that to where Georgia stands right now.  Ouch.

Spurrier’s a brilliant game planner, and he’s certainly had his way with Mark Richt of late.  But at some point, he won’t be smart enough to overcome a big enough talent gap.  Nobody, including Spurrier, is that sharp.


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