Category Archives: Recruiting

Friday morning buffet

Here’s something to help fuel you through the last working day of the week:

  • 247Sports thinks Georgia’s on course for a whale of a recruiting year in 2016.  Of course, that was before this news broke.  Which is why I don’t spend time speculating on recruits until they’re signed, sealed and delivered.  Your mileage may vary, of course, which is what keeps the recruiting services in business.
  • Insert “Mark Richt has lost control” snark here.  (And no, there isn’t a Herbstreit reaction to the news I can point you to.)
  • Jim Harbaugh isn’t going to listen to you badmouth the United States of America.
  • If you don’t think the Alabama-Georgia game is going to be crazy enough already, Michael Carvell points out that that’s the most attractive home date for Jacob Eason to take his official visit.
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill wants colleges to continue to make improvements in the way they handle sexual assault accusations against athletes.  Look at the bright side, schools:  at least somebody in Congress is paying attention to the way you run your athletics!
  • Brian Schottenheimer is a big fan of Nick Chubb.  Smart man.
  • And Georgia has added a 22-year old linebacker with an interesting backstory as a walk-on.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Political Wankery, Recruiting, SEC Football

Richt can’t keep others from crossing the borders. He’s just hoping to slow them down.

You want to know why satellite camps make Mark Richt uncomfortable?  This.

The last decade unquestionably belonged to the SEC, with conference schools claiming seven straight BCS titles, beginning in 2006. Then the conference boasted the BCS runner-up (Auburn) at the end of the 2013 season and a College Football Playoff participant (Alabama) at the end of last season.

But where did the players come from in what certainly ranks as the golden age of SEC football? More than any other location, they hailed from Georgia – specifically from the Atlanta area.

And that’s with the coaches having to talk kids and families into out of state trips to really get to know each other.  Imagine how much easier it would be for them to set up shop in the kids’ backyards to make a direct pitch?

Here are a couple of head shaking stats from Ching’s piece.

  • In Kentucky’s case, the Wildcats actually signed more Georgians (50) than Kentuckians (49). And South Carolina came close to matching that trend, signing 71 players from its home state and 70 from Georgia.

  • If the Metro Atlanta area were a state, it would have produced more SEC players in the decade than all other states except Florida and Texas.

Despite the poaching, over the last ten years, Georgia still managed to finish second in the conference with in state signees as a percentage of the total.

I’ll say it again – the amazing thing isn’t that Richt can’t keep other schools from signing Georgia kids in large numbers.  It’s that Georgia Tech is so inept at signing Georgia talent.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

‘Let’s look at the early signing date in the context of the total environment.’

As we saw yesterday, if the Collegiate Commissioners Association passes the early signing proposal for college football this week, folks like Dennis Dodd will take that as a smack in the face of the SEC.  But what if it doesn’t pass?  Does that make Greg Sankey the most powerful man in college football?

Or would it be an indication of another powerful man’s larger agenda?

Recently, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested that the debate this week over early signing could morph into a larger discussion on recruiting issues.

“The issue of early signing has some momentum,” Delany said at the Big Ten meetings last month, “but I think there also may be some momentum to fold that into a broad discussion on the recruitment issues of camps, issues of oversigning, issues of grayshirting, issues of early enrollment, issues of 7-on-7 and teams traipsing around from campus to campus in the summertime.

“I think maybe a more global view of what’s going on in football off the field may drive people to say, ‘Let’s look at the early signing date in the context of the total environment.'”

Early signing might pass, Delany said. It might fail. It might face a delay, he said, “until we get a good overall view of the recruitment and access and the championship environment.”

As much as you know the SEC coaches would love to see something done on a universal basis to rein in satellite camps, everyone else in college football would love even more for a rule with real teeth to be adopted putting an end to certain forms of roster management aggressively pursued by some of those very same SEC coaches.

If the conferences decide it’s best to engage in some real horse trading on recruiting, expect Nick Saban, among others, to have a conniption fit in response.  SEC Media Days could be more fun than I thought.


UPDATE:  And there you go.

That didn’t take long.  And now we wait to find out what’s behind the postponement.


Filed under College Football, Recruiting

“Nick Saban, he only prepares now for those kids to play for him for three years.”

Charlie Woerner’s dad talks to Michael Carvell about his son’s recruiting, and in comparing Georgia to Alabama, has this to say about what they find attractive about the latter:  “At Alabama, it has to do more with the strictness of the program, and the discipline…”

Yeah, I can see how the way Nick Saban handled the Jonathan Taylor matter versus the way Mark Richt did would make somebody think that.

Seriously, this is why Saban really doesn’t care about anyone else’s perception of how he handles personnel matters.  Because it never matters to the next recruit’s family he talks to. And it sure doesn’t matter to the ‘Bama faithful.  In that respect, he’s the Edwin Edwards of college football.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

Dennis Dodd’s “middle finger” to the SEC

What a silly article this is.

First, an early signing period won’t end the hype.  It’ll just move it up.  Remember, Dennis?

… the sport’s new initial signing period would be in place this year for the 2016 recruiting class. The new early date would begin Dec. 16 and last 72 hours. It would be in place for two years as an “experiment,” before being reevaluated.

“There’s an acknowledgement,” said Big Ten associate commissioner Chad Hawley, a member of the 12-person committee that made the recommendation, “the reality is this becomes the new main signing date. If that’s the case so be it, let’s see what happens.”

Yeah, let’s just see.

Here’s what will happen:  coaches will sign the kids they really want early if they can and they’ll put off the rest until February.  Meanwhile the Roquan Smiths of the world still have the period from February until enrollment to ponder their fate.

Meanwhile, as far as the screwing of the SEC goes, don’t put too much weight on that.  After all, the SEC was for an early signing period before it was against one.  It may not be their preference, but I doubt the conference coaches are going to lose much sleep over it, either.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

Tuesday morning buffet

Sample exotic dishes from around the world of college football… just kidding.

  • Georgia Southern takes tailgating to the next level. (h/t)
  • When Virginia faced Louisville last season, Greyson Lambert got some tips about Todd Grantham from former Georgia quarterback Parker Welch.
  • I’ve got to admit, if Georgia Tech won the ACC this season and this happened, I’d enjoy it.
  • Mark Richt made a recruit berry, berry happy the other day.
  • Why is Kentucky opposed to satellite camps?
  • And why is Alabama’s quarterback situation any more intriguing than Georgia’s?
  • Richt and Schottenheimer did a good job of tag teaming Georgia’s first commit for the class of 2017, Bailey Hockman.


Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, Georgia Football, Georgia Southern Football, Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

“Jacob decided that he didn’t want to lose the opportunity for that quarterback spot. He wanted to take it.”

Michael Carvell spent some time out in Washington checking out Jacob Eason.  Eason’s dad was pretty candid about the recruiting process.  Basically, Bobo made the introduction, sold the program, Schottenheimer was able to keep things going after the transition and Mark Richt’s been the glue that’s held it all together.

That’s what he’s going to do, sign with Georgia – unless Coach Richt goes somewhere and they are going to run Georgia Tech’s offense. Then maybe he would change his mind.

“Maybe”?  LOL.

This post isn’t so much about Eason’s preferences as it is about how well run Georgia’s recruiting seems to be these days. Eason is the highest profile recruit in Georgia’s next class, separated by the width of a continent, still being chased hard by the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Chris Petersen and despite that, it doesn’t sound like the staff has even broken a sweat dealing with the aftermath of Bobo’s departure.  Pretty impressive.

Maybe Fletcher Page is on to something here.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting