Wednesday, August 22
When Mark Richt's new contract was released in June, there was a new line in there saying that he was expected to keep "to a minimum" the recruitment of JUCO players. That minimum would be determined by Richt and AD Greg McGarity.
While UGA's team currently does not have many junior college players, that could change very soon. Four junior college players -- OL Trenton Brown, DB Shaquille Fluker, DL Chris Mayes (a former UGA signee) and DB Steven Nelson -- are currently committed to UGA's 2013 class, and the Bulldogs are recruiting others, most notably DL Toby Johnson and WR Jonathan Rumph.
"If you're going to sign a relatively large class, I think you would like to have some age difference," Richt explained Monday. "If every single guy you bring in is a freshman, that's a lot of freshmen to have in one class. So you do want to break it up with some junior college guys, so you don't have too many guys at one position in the same class."
As for how many is too many in terms of that contract, "I don't know," Richt said.
"What happens is if you sign a lot of junior college kids then sometimes you get into that cycle where you have to continue to do it," Richt said. "We've never since I've been at Georgia built our classes around the absolute necessity of bringing in a junior college (player). ... It's normally been predicated on a need at any one given position if there's attrition. Sometimes you need some help, and you need some help from a mature guy, physical and football-wise, that might be able to come in and play for you right away. And every once in a while if there's just a superior talent at a certain position, if he can upgrade you immediately you go for him too. I think if you look at all the years I've been at Georgia, we haven't done that a lot. I don't know really for sure why it was in there, because I don't think there was any history of us doing that a lot. But this year in particular, we have a lot of kids that we're going to bring in, so I think it is good to break it up with some age differences."
ON THE AGENDA
Georgia will hold its final closed scrimmage of the preseason this afternoon at Sanford Stadium, though this one is referred to as a "practice game" for the opener. Stats and reaction should be available, as always, after the 5 p.m. scrimmage.
LINK(S) OF THE DAY
If you've even been curious how Georgia's football program might get covered in jolly old England, here is a fascinating example from Alex Ferguson and Sky Sports.
And UGA receives props here for two things: Football and partying.
TWEET(S) OF THE DAY
Screams America http://instagram.com/p/OmNLnas25K/
QB Aaron Murray (with pic of OL Watts Dantzler)
OL Watts Dantzler in response to Murray
Tell me why linebacker row is jamming to #callmemaybe #UGA
WR Tavarres King
Fyi girls on campus its not against the rules to smile while walking to class. Id like to see a pretty and happy face from time to time .
WR Chris Conley
If one more person Call me Trent Richardson again
RB Todd Gurley
I love the look on parking services face when they realize you just beat them to giving you a ticket
OL Kolton Houston
Shoutout to the frat boys that were cutting the grass with scissors in a suit this morning hahaha I feel for y'all boys. #pledgelife
QB Parker Welch
I feel like a new man today
OL David Andrews
I feel like the walkers in bikers in Athens bring more intensity than they do in New York city
FB Merritt Hall
Not excited about my marine science class. I'm the only upper upperclassmen and have no idea what's going on in it. #ihatesciences
Finally a class I can tolerate. Love history!
TE Arthur Lynch
Boosters aren't permitted to tweet, FB or contact recruits in any way. Let's keep the recruiting to our coaches
Always reppin my town I stay down
DL Abry Jones
I was hoping not to see this dude in another class again smh #duperAnnoyin
DL Garrison Smith
My professor is talking about how he got around telling a lie in front of Congress... #boss
FB Dustin Royston
I've been meaning to tweet this... Heading to London for the 2012 Paralympics in a few days! I'll be working w/ TeamUSA's comms team!
Former UGA hoops player Connor Nolte