An early signing day proposal that “… gives football coaches a bit of a break from the worry that their top prospects will not be poached. It does so with the caveat that if circumstances change, the prospect will be free to choose a different institution. It offers an incentive to prospects to resist signing in the early period, and to wait until April to pick a university.”?
Seriously, there’s no way schools and coaches would give kids that kind of flexibility. Too bad, that.
Remember the days when Mark Richt was cautious and deliberative in offering scholarships, often to the point of being accused of waiting too long to jump in? Okay, forget that.
UGA was the first school to offer a football scholarship to MJ Webb, one of the state’s top high school freshmen.
… What was MJ’s reaction to the UGA offer “My mind was blown,” Webb said.
The real mindblower is that Webb isn’t even the first member of the class of 2017 to hold a Georgia offer. He’s the fourth.
Over at MrSEC.com, Josh Ward professes not to understand why Malik McDowell went through the NLI signing ritual at this late date.
In the end, McDowell got what he wanted. He signed with Michigan State and will be able to play for the Spartans this fall.
It’s confusing why McDowell wanted to sign at all. The letter of intent isn’t required for McDowell to be able to receive a scholarship to play at Michigan State. With McDowell being so close to enrolling in school, the letter of intent really offers McDowell no advantage.
But if McDowell gets to campus and decides he made a mistake, he’s bound to Michigan State for a year because he’s signed the letter of intent. More heavily-recruited prospects should think twice in the future before they sign a letter of intent and make such a strong commitment to one school.
In many cases, I can see the wisdom in Josh’s point. But maybe Malik signed the LOI so he’d have an excuse to keep mom off his back. “Mama, even if I wanted to leave, which I don’t, but even if I did, I can’t, because I signed the letter.” Hell hath no fury, and all.
That being said, if that day ever comes when McDowell wants to transfer, I hope Dantonio’s got enough of a sense of humor to let him go anywhere he wants, as long as it’s not on mama’s list.
If this doesn’t immediately bring this to mind…
… somethin’ be wrong with you.
By the way, does it seem like Thompson’s coach is enjoying the visitation process even more than Thompson is?
Georgia’s getting a lot of favorable publicity over sending some recruits hand-drawn portraits signed by Coach Richt. (Although you might want to get your facts straight about Alvin Kamara’s present whereabouts, ESPN dudes.) My favorite bit from that piece:
One rival SEC assistant coach said he wished he thought of the portraits and immediately sent his recruiting staff to come up with something “better.”
Sculpture comes to mind.
One thing, though. John Infante’s got a little cold water to toss on the effort.
If that turns out to be a real problem, I hope it’s nothing worse than one of those “it was worth it” secondary violations.
Grab a plate.
- Tracy Rocker sounds pretty no-nonsense about his charges: “You produce, you stay,” Rocker said. “You don’t produce, next. It’s all about playing with the right combination and to get guys to produce with full-speed effort. That’s the most important thing. That’s what I’m working on up front is effort. Try to eliminate the MA’s (missed assignments) and go forward.”
- Bill Connelly looks at how the 2013 FBS teams ranked in order of their per-game difference between projection and reality as to offensive and defensive scoring efficiency. Georgia ranks 116th. He didn’t speculate how much of that to chalk up to luck, randomness or something else, but perhaps I need to dust off the ol’ “regression to the mean, bitchez!” meme.
- Another day in paradise on Finebaum. (Do any of his listeners actually care about basketball?)
- Athlon ranks the SEC head coaches. I don’t get how you can put Malzahn ahead of Miles, but that’s just me, I guess.
- Kirby Smart is coaching defensive backs again, drawing upon his experience at Georgia: “He just coaches us at a different level, trying to get us to understand it from his point of view because he played the position and he knows what’s going on…” They should be awesome in run support this year, if that’s the case.
- Today, Quayvon Hicks is Georgia’s only healthy scholarship tight end.
- One reason CAPA is going to Washington: “One obstacle in securing some of the protections we want is the NCAA is colluding and excluding opportunities for trust funds. To solidify an antitrust exemption would be to the detriment of player protections.”
- Malik McDowell has outlasted his momma.
- I missed this when it came out, but Pete Fiutak’s April Fools’ story about Herschel finding a loophole in the NCAA eligibility rules and announcing a return to Georgia is a fun read. Richt then joked, “If you can find an extra year of eligibility for Champ Bailey and Richard Seymour, we’d find a spot for them, too. ”
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Randy Edsall is a bit miffed with coaches like Les Miles running around tossing scholarship offers out to fourteen-year old prodigies. He thinks college football needs to do something about that, by damn. If it were up to him, football scholarships would not be extended to players until a recruit’s senior year of high school and that offer would only come from the university’s admissions department.
Edsall says his plan would still allow for the football staff to do the recruiting and make the sales pitches to determine to which players they want an offer to be extended. Going through the admissions department allows for a sort of extra layer of security to assure all parties involved the player will be able to attend the school without any hassles. In a sense, placing an emphasis on education is Edsall’s goal.
“Figure everything out academically first and then offer,” Edsall said. “Not the other way around. The model to me is broken.”
Uh hunh. More rules always fix everything.
Whenever this comes up, I keep saying the same thing: Andy Staples has the right idea. Make Les’ offers binding on the school, and we’ll see how quickly he keeps handing them out.
The line is open.
- CFN thinks the Pruitt hire is swell.
- The next Georgia Tech stud is running back Travis Custis, who was a highly rated recruit in 2013 but had to sit out last season to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. I almost hope he pans out, just so he can provide a ready source to rag Tech fans about when they bring up academics.
- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a large majority of the general public opposes paying salaries to college athletes beyond the scholarships currently offered. The public is split on unionization, though. Too bad there wasn’t a poll question about players’ being compensated for their likenesses. (h/t John Infante)
- Generally, I’m not in favor of parents blocking their sons from choosing where to play college ball. But when I see a quote like this – “… It would be nice to have an offer from Oregon because of their uniforms…” – I can understand where some mommas are coming from.
- Mark Cuban can see a future when the NFL moves some of its games to Saturday. That means war!
- Hugh Freeze no doubt welcomes this development at Alabama for recruiting purposes.
- John Infante sees college football going down the same road as college basketball if the coaches don’t get their act together and come up with a more comprehensive approach to reforming recruiting rules.
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Straight from the lips of the latest commitment to Georgia’s class of 2015, DT Justin Young of Grayson:
“Georgia coaches wanted me to go around and look at another schools before I committed,” Young said. “That was another reason why I liked Georgia. They gave me the opportunity to go see other colleges. Some of these schools, they’ll take their offer away if you look around anywhere. I was like ‘Wow. Georgia might be the one.’ And that’s probably why I made the commitment today.”
For a kid with options, rocket science it ain’t.