Category Archives: Recruiting

The truth comes out: why Laremy Tunsil isn’t a Georgia Bulldog.

Sworn testimony at last week’s hearing (h/t) that eventually led to a protective order against Tunsil being dismissed:

… Desiree Tunsil alleged in court Friday her husband cussed her and got physical with Laremy Tunsil, then a minor, at a San Antonio hotel in January 2013 following a disagreement over a meal shared with members of the University of Georgia football coaching staff.

Tunsil played in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. NCAA rules allow a prospect’s parent(s) to dine with coaches, but the Georgia staffers would not have been able to (and did not attempt to) pick up the tab.

Miller was “doubly upset,” Desiree Tunsil said, because Miller had to pay for their meal and he doesn’t like Mexican cuisine. Back at the hotel, Desiree Tunsil said, Miller called her expletives, leading to a confrontation between her son and her then-boyfriend.

PAWWWLLL, Saban would never let a damned Mexican dinner come between him and a five-star kid.

If you need a good chuckle, read the rest of the article.  Let’s just say that life with the Tunsils must be interesting.  It’s hard to judge who’s the most full of shit between the three of them, but Lindsay Miller’s got at least this much right:

Miller said in his closing statement… if Tunsil “weren’t an NFL prospect next year, we wouldn’t be here, your honor.”


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have time for that shit.

Clowney claims Nick Saban put him to sleep during his recruiting visit.

Also, Nick Saban is short.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

Getting the COA message out

Judging from the comments in this article, it sounds like the big marketing push over COA disparities is yet to become a thing.

Eh, wait ’til Saban hires some dude for his support staff to promote Alabama’s stipend pitch.  Next thing you know, recruits will be bitching about how all these programs are behaving like telemarketers.


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The Greatest Recruit of Our Era? does the big splash story on Jacob Eason.  The quote that caught my eye:

Durant, who has tutored a handful of talented prospects, including Max Browne, the No. 1 quarterback in the 2013 class, says there is no comparing Eason to any other passer—including, yes, Stafford. Eason, Durant says, is “too unique.”

Well, we may not be able to compare their passing skills, but we sure can compare their recruiting hype.  I’m just curious – between Stafford and Eason, the two highest profile commitments of Mark Richt’s tenure, who do you think has gotten the most recruiting attention both from the media and the fan base?

Right now, I’d say Stafford, but Eason’s coming on strong.  And he’s still got plenty of time to erase the gap.  Not that he’s gone out of his way to draw it.  It’s just the nature of the times we live in.  And how weird is that to say when you’re talking about the difference between 2005 and 2015?


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

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.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

“It’s crazy how it happened. Like five minutes.”

Talk about your whirlwind romance.  Tell you what – one thing you can say about Georgia recruiting these days is that it’s upped its level of aggressiveness significantly.

And no successful Georgia recruiting story would be complete without an Urban Meyer diss.

… But by then, the Buckeyes led for Briscoe. In fact, up until Briscoe announced via Twitter on New Year’s Eve he was going to Georgia, it was thought Columbus would be his ultimate destination.

“I can’t lie, it was hard, just because he’s Urban Meyer,” Briscoe said. “He’s one of the greats. It was hard. But I had to look at what would benefit me in the long run, not just him being Urban Meyer.”

And in the end, it was Georgia that was telling him what he wanted to hear.

“Urban Meyer’s got his track record, but he’s an offensive guy,” Briscoe said. “I’m going to play defense and I want to play for the best. And coach Pruitt, I saw him at Alabama and he did what he did and I saw what he did at Florida State. And I can talk to coach Pruitt about anything and everything.”

I’d like to think “he’s an offensive guy” was meant as some sort of double entendre, but that’s probably expecting too much. Oh, well, take what I can get.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground

Hell hath no fury like a stepdad scorned.

I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb to suggest it’s never a good thing when the media hears about an NCAA investigation before a school claims to know anything about it.

NCAA officials were here Friday and interviewed the stepfather of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil about allegations of multiple rules violations by the University of Mississippi football program.

The trip made by NCAA officials comes one week after Tunsil was arrested and charged with domestic assault against his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. According to an arrest report by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office obtained by The Clarion-Ledger this week, Miller claimed the fight was a result of his warning to Tunsil about having contact with player agents.

Miller confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger Friday that he met with NCAA director of enforcement for football Chris Howard for what he estimated was three hours.

An Ole Miss spokesperson told The Clarion-Ledger that the school has not had contact with the NCAA and was unaware of any representatives being in the area.

And while we’re out there, this probably isn’t good news, either.

But on Thursday, Miller alleged to The Clarion-Ledger that in addition to the contact made by agents he is aware of violations that occurred during Tunsil’s recruitment as well, including claims of falsified academic records and gifts made by the university.

No wonder Hugh Freeze was so quick to make this a story about domestic abuse.

By the way, NCAA, while you’re in the neighborhood, maybe you could ask Mark Richt about this conversation.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA