Category Archives: 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

“I know it’s not common for this to happen to eighth graders, so it’s really exciting for me.”

I was prepared to get all snarky in response to this story about a kid who hasn’t played high school ball yet, but already has eleven major college offers… until I saw one was from Georgia (he’s from Gwinnett County).

Sounds like he’s a good kid from a good family, so I hope they’re able to keep things under control.  They’ve sure got a ways to go with the process.


Filed under Recruiting

COA stipends: keeping up with the (Butch) Joneses

Mike Cunningham posts the first list of revised COA figures for SEC schools I’ve seen.  It looks like this:

Here’s the full list for SEC schools, from highest stipend to lowest (figures from school Web sites unless otherwise noted):

Tennessee: $5,666

Auburn: $5,586

Mississippi State: $5,372

Alabama:  $4,886+

Mississippi: $4,600

South Carolina: $4,151+

Arkansas: $4,104

LSU: $3,920

Georgia: $3,746 non-state resident, $3,222 resident

Missouri: $3,742

Texas A & M: $3,528 non-state resident, $3,000 resident

Kentucky: $ $3,524 non-state resident, $3,256 resident

Florida: $3,330 res/non-res

Vanderbilt:  $2,780*

+ Data from National Center for Educational Statistics
*Does not include transportation costs

Note how dramatically the spread from top to bottom in the conference has shrunk in just a few short months.  As Cunningham puts it,

What’s great about this is the conflict between a school’s educational mission (remember that?) and its athletic interests. Schools want to keep the COA figure low to avoid sticker shock for students who must pay and also for budgetary reasons. Football and basketball coaches want it higher so they can offer bigger stipends to recruits.

I know who I’ve got my money on to eventually win that battle.

Let’s just say I doubt we’ve seen the last of these adjustments.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

“The wildest recruit, me or anyone else, was Willie.”

If you don’t read another thing today, make sure you check out Channing Crowder’s story of hosting Willie Williams as a recruit at Florida.  It’s beyond priceless.  Let’s just say that if Willie had enrolled at UF, they would have needed to put Huntley Johnson on permanent retainer just for him.

And the topper is a story Crowder tells about his own recruitment.

As if that story wasn’t juicy enough, Crowder spoke of his visit to Penn State as a recruit, which was “the worst.”

“They sit me in a room with two bottles of Mad Dog 20/20 Banana Red,” Crowder said. “They say ‘drink these, we’re gonna go out.’ Okay, I get all feeling good. We walk out of the door, go down two doors and go back into an apartment and it’s four big white girls sitting there and me. Big ole white girls. Talkin’ about 250.”

Sounds very Big Tennish to me.


Filed under Gators Gators, Recruiting

“At this point in the summer, it’s clear the SEC East is not recruiting near as well as the SEC West except for Georgia. “

With the caveat that it’s a long way until February, read this post about SEC East recruiting prospects and ask yourself how the East is going to draw even with the West from a competitive standpoint.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

Banned from Athens

I’d say this puts a serious crimp on recruiting (not that I expect Georgia to be recruiting Salomon anyway).

Kinda your ultimate Mark Richt has lost control story.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Recruiting