LeMay’s a big catch, but UGA shouldn’t declare QB recruiting over

Will Christian LeMay be the only QB that UGA signs next year?

Will Christian LeMay be the only QB that UGA signs next year?

A few random thoughts on Christian LeMay, one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, declaring he plans on attending UGA:

Mark Richt’s oft-noted professions of faith certainly didn’t hurt with this preacher’s son and were, in fact, mentioned by LeMay as one of the reasons he wants to go to school in Athens. But just as important (and perhaps more important) was the fact that Richt runs a pro-style offense at Georgia. LeMay has played in the spread in high school but recognizes that’s not the best offense for a QB who wants to play in the NFL. …

LeMay also is a big fan of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, which might give a moment’s pause to those UGA fans who are constantly calling for Bobo to be replaced. As our Chip Towers reported, LeMay said on Friday, “Georgia is the school I plan to enroll in unless something drastic happens. Unless Coach Richt or Coach Bobo is gone or something crazy like that, I’m a Georgia Bulldog.” After the nearly complete turnover of Georgia’s defensive staff this year, stability in the coaching ranks in Athens is something we should be hoping for. …

What does LeMay’s announcement mean for Georgia’s chances with the state’s top QB prospect, dual-threat Nick Marshall of Wilcox County? Hard to tell. Marc Weiszer of The Athens Banner-Herald reported Richt said this week that “right now our plan is to sign one quarterback,” but that could change if Logan Gray goes elsewhere. And, of course, it could change even if he doesn’t. This past recruiting season, Richt said he wasn’t going to sign a QB, and then had a last-minute change of heart and went for Hutson Mason. From UGA’s point of view, if the current situation proves anything, it’s that you can never have too many scholarship quarterbacks.

As for what Marshall might be thinking, Florida State fans no doubt are feeling better about the Seminoles’ chances with him, but as a co-worker remarked on Friday, the key to UGA’s chances with Marshall could ride on Mark Fox’s shoulders, since Marshall wants to play both basketball and football in college and has been offered for both sports by the Dogs. …

A NOLES VIEW ON RICHT

Speaking of FSU fans, it’s not surprising that they like to take shots at Richt, their former offensive coordinator, whenever possible. The Tomahawk Nation blog puts an interesting spin on the latest UGA recruiting news by saying that since landing LeMay affords Richt greater job security, it’s a good thing for the Seminoles, because going up against Richt in recruiting FSU “routinely beats UGA” for players in South Georgia.

The way this Noles fan sees it, if Richt loses his job, Alabama defensive chief Kirby Smart “is considered the heir apparent to the UGA job,” and Smart is “beloved in South Georgia, where he played high school ball in Bainbridge” and “is a better recruiter than Richt.” The blogger adds that “it’s easy to see why FSU fans want Richt to stay at UGA for as long as possible.”

I’m certainly not agreeing with this Noles-centric viewpoint; I just thought it worth noting.

229 comments Add your comment

footballfaninga

May 1st, 2010
2:59 pm

Hey WeakSchedule you talk about schedule… please moron– who in the hell does Alabama play this year… Georgia State for christ’s sake— yes ladies and gentlemen they have a team…in fact this is their first year playing football; so, shut the hell up idiot and quit rambling about strength of schedule… Alabama and LSU historically play weaka@# opponents year in and year out… in fact if I remember correctly Alabama got beat by one the small Louisiana teams a couple of yrs ago– maybe NE or NW Louisiana… and we aren’t even talking about Florida playing Coastal Carolina…
Later

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

Alabama vs. Ga. State has to be the biggest mismatch since Ga. Tech vs. Cumberland. Maybe the refs will shorten the 3rd and 4th quarters in this one, too.

If Georgia can get past games 2 and 3 with the new QB, there’s a chance for a really good season.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
3:29 pm

“The bottom line is that whether it’s from Bill or an FSU fan, it’s all conjecture.” – It is all conjecture anyway

“not the high school garbage that UF runs.” – Wins don’t count anymore, just NFL draftees. This just in…Tebow at #23

“The only reason Free shoes University outrecruits us there is the fact that its a lot closer to Tallahasee.” – My gosh, I thought it was *in* Tallassee

“goons with low morals, no self discipline, and a propensity for being incarcerated.” – Chicago in the ’30s?

We are now taking entries for “America’s Next Plato”

Terry

May 1st, 2010
3:40 pm

gulf coast, I guess that Florida & Bama do not share your thoughts, or they would not have offer him a scholarship.

Ramma Bama

May 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

none of this stuff matters. Bama will rule the conference for years with Saban running things. Look for title #14 in 2010—this bama team may be better than the 2009 team from what I’m hearing from my people in tuscaloosa!!! Bama beats florida easily again in the SEC title game—book it!

patrick

May 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

Jesus debert….king of the understatement. If we win all games we have a chance at a good season….sheesh

patrick

May 1st, 2010
3:51 pm

patrick

May 1st, 2010
3:58 pm

Gulf coast….. Fla loaded at QB? Ummmm Brantley comes from a B 2 high school. My sixty two year old mother would have good stats against that level of talent. He was sacked six times had seven fumbles, five ints in spring games until Meyers called off the dogs in the final spring game. Hardly stacked LOL

Champ Kind

May 1st, 2010
4:01 pm

I could be wrong, but the last time UGA played F$U was in the Sugar Bowl and the outcome was never in doubt, as the Dawgs put the hammer spank on the Noles. The Noles haven’t been relevant in a decade, their fan base would be wise to keep their tails firmly planted between their legs.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:07 pm

patrick – I’m not sure I understand the comment. A loss to SC or Arkansas would have some folks worried. I guess that is an understatement too, so I’ll go ahead and accept the crown.

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:07 pm

Jimbo’s make good dump truck drivers.

South Georgia kids like FSU because of the colors of their unis. Garnett and Gold go with lots of Nikes. (I live in SE GA.) And that spear on the hat looks cool when it’s crunk to the side.

Welcome to the fold Mr. Lemay…and Nick..a little competition wouldn’t hurt…don’t be skeeerd. Just say’n.

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:14 pm

Their hats go good with a gold grille too.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:14 pm

Mack Brown is the highest paid public employee in the world, and he is an FSU grad. I would have figured President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China for that title.

Another reason not to let U Texas into the SEC. Saban, Meyer, etc. would be PO’d.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:18 pm

1eyedJack – I’d think a lot of long-haul truckers would be Jimbos, too. Can you get a Kenworth in Garnet with a gold grill?

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:28 pm

Delbert…In these days and times they’ll probably make one any way you want it, and be glad for the business.

When I was a kid my Grandpa had a one-armed farm hand named Jimbo. Got his arm caught in a hay baler. Could drive the hell out of a tractor though. His favorite uni was a straw hat, dirty wife-beater and worn jeans with shoes that looked like the dog had been chewing on ‘em.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
4:32 pm

Soooo Delbert…….if we win games we could have a good season? ThaT not an understatement at all. LOL U certianly earned the crown…u might as well accept it. LOL

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:33 pm

Jack – I’ve never actually met a Jimbo. In my decades as a certified redneck, I’ve known guys named Nub, Humpty, Cooter, BabyDoll, Taco, Tater, Bald and Squeak, but no Jimbo.

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:38 pm

Worked with a Nubby while in college. How about any Bubba’s? I had a good friend everybody called Neckbone, but he died.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
4:39 pm

O swinning games lead to a good season. Who knew? Thanks for that insight Delbert. BRILLIANT

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:39 pm

I think every town in South Georgia must have a Nub or Nubby or Stump.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
4:40 pm

That’s ’so winning games lead to a good season’

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:42 pm

Don’t look now Delbert but you got an obnoxious little chihuahua nipping on your cuff.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:42 pm

Whattaya know…I just Googled “Dabo,” and he’s a Japanese Rapper. Coach Swinney didn’t turn up until page 2. That’s go to be an influence on LeMay’s final selection.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

patrick – Why don’t you just forget those posts, and I promise in return that I won’t be apply for “America’s Next Plato.”

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
4:49 pm

See, I can’t even construct a proper sentence.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
5:01 pm

…..and yet u have no problem mocking other people. Table is turned… now …. behave and stop being such a smart ass at other peoples expense

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
5:11 pm

Well, there’s mocking, and there’s taking folks to task for being obnoxious or illogical. You’ve obviously jumped off the original tete-a-tete to an earlier post I made. A bit of sarcasm done without resorting to name-calling and objectionable language and hate seem to be appropriate. Don’t you agree?

Besides, usually when I’m being a smarta$$ it is to my own expense.

Ravis Dawgs

May 1st, 2010
5:16 pm

Murray > Brantley

Sorry to disappoint gator fans–brantley’s going to have big problems against the Ga 3-4 D.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
5:16 pm

..and u r not obnoxious at all….riiiiight

patrick

May 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

And no…. I can’t recall u and I ever having at it. I merely tire of ur drival. U embarrass urself by ‘taking to task’ common folk merely making comments on a blog. This ain’t english class

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
5:24 pm

This is a no-win, and I appear to be killing Bill’s blog, so I’m going to pass on further patter and watch “Extreme Logging.”

Gator Nation

May 1st, 2010
5:40 pm

Hey, the Noles are the only one’s who want Richt and Bobo to stay. If recruiting LeMay made Richt’s job more secure, then he was a good “get’ for the Gators after all!

Gator Nation

May 1st, 2010
5:47 pm

make that aren’t the only ones…

Me

May 1st, 2010
5:52 pm

Hey patrick, where are all of your mind-numbing, meaningless stats?? You and BuLLdawg should have a “mind-meld”. If you need clarification, get with James T. Kirk.

smartdawg

May 1st, 2010
5:55 pm

My money says there is likely a Pulpwood Smith, Jr. who is ready to become the next tailback at Uga

patrick

May 1st, 2010
5:58 pm

Mind numbing? They are a factually accurate account of Richt’s era at UGA. What? Should I lie to make u feel like ur right?

South Ga Dawg

May 1st, 2010
6:07 pm

FSU does a good job in South Ga because of location. Duhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

South Ga Dawg

May 1st, 2010
6:09 pm

If we can sign a top five running back in this class(Crowell), loooooook out!!!!

Me

May 1st, 2010
6:09 pm

All stats can be factually accurate if you just pick the ones you want and from the preferred time and place. I could present stats that would make some think that Portugal is still a world power instead of a country on the brink of bankruptcy.

Me

May 1st, 2010
6:16 pm

How many times have you looked at the just the stats from a game…then you looked at the scoreboard and then went, “what?, ok”. That’s why they invented the scoreboard. To establish a definitive winner and loser. And if all you got is statistics, chances are you got a loser. Whether it’s a game or a discussion.

patrick

May 1st, 2010
6:26 pm

That’s. Just it. I don’t pick and choose. The stats I use are Richts era for his ENTIRE carreer at UGA. Bulldawgs and others pick and choose (last four years) duh

patrick

May 1st, 2010
6:27 pm

U do know what ‘pick and choose’ means…..right?

yeah whatever!

May 1st, 2010
6:49 pm

Just for clarity I will post what I generally post. Notice its HIS WHOLE career not “pick and choose”.

under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons
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Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.
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Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.
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Ere anyone attempts to argue that Coach Richt’s superb out-of-conference ledger is the product of schedules stacked with the likes of

Northwestern State,

Western Kentucky,

Tennessee Tech, and

Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl,

I should hasten to point out that he is 21-4 against

Arizona State,

Boise State,

Boston College,

Clemson,

Colorado,

Florida State,

Georgia Tech,

Michigan State,

Oklahoma State,

Purdue,

Texas A&M,

Virginia Tech,

West Virginia, and

Wisconsin.

Even if we factor out Division I-AA teams, Sun Belt squads, and similar schedule fodder, Coach Richt is .840 against teams from automatic BCS-qualifying conferences other than the SEC. (Yes, I’m going ahead and counting the Broncos in that category because the Mountain West will get a guaranteed bid as soon as Boise State is invited to join.)
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Note….no picking and choosing…just his ENTIRE career at UGA.
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Now what?
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yeah whatever!

May 1st, 2010
6:51 pm

Now comes a spider……….

yeah whatever!

May 1st, 2010
7:04 pm

Again….as I said. You are unhappy that the facts dont support your skewed version of reality. Thats not my fault.

Dawg 39

May 1st, 2010
7:09 pm

When an elite QB such as LeMay states that he is coming to Athens because the Dawgs run a Pro Style Offense & because CMR is the HC & CMB is the QB coach, it seems obvious to me that the Dawg’s program is in great shape. We will continue to get these type of players because CMR is 1 of the top ten (at least) coaches in the nation & under CMR we are now 1 of the top 10 (at least) programs in the nation. That is mere fact. Like it or lump it. You have to live with it. Nuff said.

Me

May 1st, 2010
7:23 pm

Ok patrick…guess it’s time to whip out the BIG scoreboard. How many NC’s or MNC’s or lucky NC’s or whatever you prefer has Richt won at the helm of UGA. The BIGGEST prize, whether you want to acknpwlegde it or not. Whether you think it was “lucky” or not. (And don’t start throwing in the FSU stuff!) While he was THE head man, numero uno. How many?? Just answer the question straight up! What’s Richts record against their MAIN rival, the one everybody measures the program by, Florida, the WHOLE time that Richt has been at the helm at Georgia. Just answer the question. Yeah, for the whole time he’s been there! Looks like you can’t hide behind your stats on the two MOST IMPORTANT questions that bulldogs really want to know. They don’t care what he did 5 years ago or when he first started. How ’bout NOW??? Yesterday is GONE.

Maddawg

May 1st, 2010
7:24 pm

FSU fans are still “Smart”ing from Richt’s departure to UGA. It just reinforces the fact that he was primarily responsible for FSU’s success during the 1990’s and their subsequent decline since he left.

Go build your teepee fire somewhere else, Semiholes.

yeah whatever!

May 1st, 2010
7:30 pm

“Me”…an “NC” as you call it is a function of luck.

Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”
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Fact……….Not Flas credit that there was only one unbeaten in 2006. “Lucky”
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Fact:………Luck (not merit) had more to do with Fla getting an invite to the BCS not that Fla was more deserving to go to a NC than UGA with identical records.
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UGA at 12-1 needed a team to lose…it didnt…bad luck
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Fla at 12-1 needed a team to lose …it did (USC to UCLA)…. good luck.

ONLY difference.
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I realize fact is a hard pill for you to swallow but do try and keep up.

yeah whatever!

May 1st, 2010
7:35 pm

His record against main rival? GT he is 8-1…Auburn he is 4-0. Tenn 5-4 ALA 3-1..I could go on. Those are UGA’s main rivals.
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Fla has been decent 20 out of the 80 years of its existence.
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Hardly a rival when UGA has more SEC titles (12-8), a better head to head record by 8 games (years).
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Been to more bowls….UGA has the 6th best winning percent in bowls…Fla has a losing record in bowls. UGA is ranked 11th alltime in wins…Fla not in top 25.
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I could go on but when Fla catches up to those then they will be considered MAIN rival. Until then AUburn GT, Tenn and Ala are. He has a very good winning record against them. NEXT