My apologies for such a lengthy absence. I’ve been meaning to post for awhile, but have been caught up with a number of assignments. Anyway, enough prattling.
I spoke with Bill Curry Friday for a story that will run on signing day Wednesday, and talked to him a bit about the class he hopes to sign. He’s not allowed to talk names, but he gave some details.
First, while he and recruiting coordinator George Pugh have said in the past they expected the class to be 7 or 8 players, it has grown. Curry said it will be between 8 and 12.
“That could change in a heartbeat,” Curry said. “We could get two or three or we could lose two or three.”
The reason it could go up depends on what will happen with players already committed. For instance, if a committed player decides to take another offer, Curry may not be willing to commit a full ride to the next guy on the list. So he might offer to half-scholarships to two players.
That said, Curry said he felt “reasonably good” about where things stood with the class right now, but added that he always feels that way at this time of year. I asked him how many he commitments he had, and he said, half-joking, “That vacillates about every half-hour.”
Georgia State had its final recruiting weekend this weekend. It started Friday and ends Saturday. From Jan. 31 to signing day is a dead period in which no coaches can contact players.
Curry said in the past few weeks he’d met face to face with every Georgia State commit and also a few who are on the fence. He said he’d been to California, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama besides in-state visits. Two of his trips would jibe with information dug up by my colleague Chip Towers, as well as Ben Moore at Panthertalk.com – Defensive tackle Fatu Ulale (6-2, 275) from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College and kicker Christian Benvenuto (6-2, 190) from Palm Coast, Fla. If I had to guess, his Alabama trip was to see running back Demarcus James from Demopolis.
(UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Ulale will sign with New Mexico. That’s from a Cerritos spokesman, who got it from the school’s recruiting coordinator.)
There’s also eight commits from in-state linked here.
Curry said he had seven commits, though that was before Brookwood quarterback Ben McLane (6-1, 215) committed Sunday at the end of the recruiting weekend. I’d venture that this is a pretty big commit for Georgia State. About two weeks ago, offensive coordinator John Bond didn’t think there’d be a quarterback in the class, which had been the plan, because other positions were pressing issues.
“It’s hard to justify when you feel like you’re fairly solid at that position,” he said. “Of course, we wouldn’t turn down a great one if we had the opportunity.”
That’s all I’ve got for now. Be sure to check in on Chip Wednesday online and on Twitter, and on the Georgia State page. I’ll have a story following Curry’s news conference, but I’ve been assigned to cover the Isaiah Crowell hubbub down in Columbus.
If you weren’t aware, the school is having a signing day party at 5 p.m. at the student center. Admission is free. Coaches and team members will be there, and there will be a silent auction on memorabilia from the season, and a presentation of the signing class at 5:30.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia State beat