UGA coach Mark Richt, son Jon eyeing Georgia State and others after Clemson exit


Jon Richt (Clemson SID)

Jon Richt is transferring from Clemson (Clemson athletics)

Georgia State, which will field its first football team in 2010, is in the sweepstakes to land former Clemson quarterback Jon Richt. He is the son of UGA coach Mark Richt.

The elder Richt went on a recruiting trip over the weekend, accompanying his son to Valdosta State, where the quarterback is considering transferring after leaving Clemson this spring.

Richt said his son earlier visited Georgia State, and is also considering UT-Chattanooga and Mars Hill. “He’d like to have it decided in the next two, three weeks,” Richt told the AJC’s Tim Tucker.

Jon was redshirted last year and wasn’t listed among the leaders on Clemson’s depth charts this spring. Should he transfer from a I-A school to a Div. II school, Jon would not have to sit out a year. The UGA coach said Valdosta State made quite the impression. 

“I’d never been to Valdosta State before, and it’s a beautiful campus,” Richt said. “It’s about the right size, and I think he’d really feel comfortable.”

Georgia State signed four prospects listed as quarterbacks in its first recruiting class: Henry County’s’ Drew Little, M.L. King’s Fred Barnes, Lithia Springs’ Kelton Hill, and Bo Schlecter of Wellington, Fla.

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    March 31st, 2009
    11:50 am

    Does his boy want to play at georgia or what man?

    Dawg Strong

    March 31st, 2009
    12:35 pm

    If Mark Richt is giving out free scholarships to kickers who should be walkons, why not give one to his own son? Doesn’t make any sense. I’ve seen Jon play, and he’s just as good as Aaron Murray or Zach Mettenberger. Jon just didn’t have the same offensive weapons around him as those two in high school.


    March 31st, 2009
    12:59 pm

    (John Richt couldn’t start for any of Georgia’s intramural teams) yea, I bet he would start at Tech!

    Nerd fans from other colleges

    March 31st, 2009
    1:01 pm

    Tech guy,

    Let me be clear. Jon Richt is no Reggie Ball.

    You see, Jon can count to 4 without getting confused.

    And, it is “Jon” not “John”.


    March 31st, 2009
    1:38 pm

    Go talk to Chris Hatcher down at Ga. Southern. It’s a great place to go to school and all the women are gorgeous.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:14 pm

    So. Big deal.Take mommas spot on the sideline at Athens and be the waterboy.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:26 pm

    AJC got this one right. A photo of Jon himself. So glad not a picture of his Dad… was the case of Joe & Nick (Montana) story.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:30 pm

    We’d love to have you at Georgia State Jon. We got a lot more to offer to you than the fake GSU down in the woods. Play for Bill Curry in the Georgia Dome, enjoy the ATL nightlife nearby and attend a great business school. And like your dad, we don’t care for the bumble bees too much so you can help us eradicte them from the city.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:36 pm

    It’s quite simple to understand why he will not play at Georgia, or any other DI school for that matter… going down a classification means he does NOT have to sit out for a year.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:44 pm

    There’s a great school out on the west side that would like to chime in on this. Come to West Gerogia!! New Stadium!!

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    2:51 pm

    Exactly right. He wants to play right away. He could tranfer in and play in the Dome September 2010 all while being a RS Sophmore.

    ATH Fred Barnes will plat safett at State, not QB.

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    2:55 pm

    ATH Fred Barnes will play safety at State, not QB.


    March 31st, 2009
    2:55 pm


    Please. I don’t think you really want to start a rivalry with Tech in any other sport than baseball. Besides, you think anyone from UGA gives a damn about your program?


    March 31st, 2009
    2:57 pm

    He should really think about Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Nice campus, 10 miles away from Myrtle Beach, very, beautiful women; and just an overall good school.

    6 National Championships

    March 31st, 2009
    3:01 pm

    The “fake” GSU? How many NC’s do you have Georgia State? Last time I checked you dont even have a team, a stadium that is “your house,” and tradition…..

    Bill Curry sucks…..


    March 31st, 2009
    3:03 pm

    Jimbo: Wow, touhcy aren’t you? And no, I never said anyone in Athens cares about us or will care about us and nor should they. But I’m sure they wouldn’t mind us replacing you kids as Atlanta’s team with the inferiority complex you all have living in the shadows of Athens.


    March 31st, 2009
    3:06 pm

    I hope Jon goes to a school where he can experience a wonderful college life academically, athletically, and socially.

    Valdosta State is a great option. I would think that Western Carolina would be a great option too.


    March 31st, 2009
    3:06 pm

    6 National Championships: How is life in the STD capital of Georgia? Worried already? Pissed that we stole recruits from you this past year? (And we haven’t even played a game yet) And the fake GSU comment isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact. Go lookup the history of the two schools before you start running your mouth. Atlanta vs Statesboro!? You couldn’t give Curry and easier sell to recruits.

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    3:17 pm

    Read it and weap. Georgia IS and will ALWAYS be the Real GSU:

    Georgia State –
    In 1961, other programs at the school had grown large enough that the name was shortened to “Georgia State College.” It became Georgia State University in 1969.

    Georgia Southern –
    In 1959, the school became known as Georgia Southern College when it became a senior college within the University System of Georgia. In 1968, the college received the authority to reorganize into separate schools of arts and science, education, and business. In 1990, the school was granted university status and became the first regional university in the University System of Georgia.

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    3:17 pm

    *Georgia State

    Matt the BRAVE (not WOLF)

    March 31st, 2009
    3:19 pm

    Yeah, go to West Georgia, get killed behind the invisible line, and lose every game by at least 30. New stadium or not, it’s not the place he would get noticed by the NFL. Valdosta is a place to still get noticed by the NFL. Oh yeah, and if you go and play for Bill Curry, you’d probably be learning a new system after the first year. Rumor has it he’s not in for the long run…


    March 31st, 2009
    3:30 pm

    And now we present “Really?” on the AJC Blogs with BugKiller:

    I’m sorry, but Jon Richt as good as Aaron Murray?

    Really, Dawg Strong?


    Jon Richt as good as Zach Mettenberger?


    I mean, the kid couldn’t break into Clemson’s depth chart with a wide opening, yet you, Dawg Strong, expect that he could compete with TWO Top-11 QBs in the WHOLE COUNTRY, when he wasn’t ever one himself?


    I mean, REALLY???

    I’m sure that Jon Richt is a really good kid and is probably going to be an outstanding coach one day, and I’m sure his dad will give him a Graduate Assistant job when he graduates to get his coaching career started, or at least get him on with one of his coaching friends… but play for him?



    This has been “Really?” on the AJC Blogs with BugKiller.


    March 31st, 2009
    3:37 pm

    We would beat the $hit out of ga state.

    kauai dawg

    March 31st, 2009
    3:41 pm

    How about Liberty University in Virginia? Jon would fit in great with the University and team. Go Dawgs!

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    3:42 pm

    Southern. Come and get it. You won’t play us in basketball and your coach just quit. Come and get some in baseball. You saw what happend to the vaunted #3 ranked Yellow Jackets. 10-1. Owned.


    March 31st, 2009
    3:49 pm

    I really wanted him to play this year for Clemson. It would be fun to watch both him and his dad lose at the flats.


    March 31st, 2009
    4:05 pm

    I’d like to see him sign with USF. Gets him away from the state and some breathing room from his Dad. I don’t think kids should ever play for their Dads past youth sports. I’ve seen too much conflict for it to work out well for anybody.

    PTC Jacket

    March 31st, 2009
    4:08 pm

    Lol, I’m assuming that State and Southern have a strong rivalry. I wonder if Tech would ever put State on their schedule for a random game.

    G State Ben

    March 31st, 2009
    4:27 pm

    Richt won’t be going to South Florida as they’ve already signed Isaac Virgin out of Ft. Pierce in the 2009 class and B.J. Daniels is already on the roster as a RS Freshman. Also, I’ve heard rumblings that Robert Marve is still an outside shot.

    Regardless, he doesn’t want to transfer to an FBS (formerly Div. 1 team).


    March 31st, 2009
    4:36 pm

    Hey AT,
    I grew up in Atlanta and went to school in Statesboro. I’d rather go to college in real college town like Statesboro. Atlanta is not a college town nor can it ever be. It is just too big.

    Having said that, I am not lobbying for the young Richt to play at Georgia Southern. I’ve never seen him play. Apparently he is good but not great. For his sake, I hope he goes to the place that is the best fit for him. Who really cares where he goes?

    Voice of Reason

    March 31st, 2009
    4:41 pm

    VSU = winning National Championships, awesome campus, and all he needs to do is ride by to see all the girls laying out on the front lawn and he will be a Blazer for sure. (Just be sure not to wreck while you’re at it.)

    Voice of Reason

    March 31st, 2009
    4:42 pm

    Robert Marve is not allowed to sign with any schools in the state of Florida.

    Voice of Reason

    March 31st, 2009
    4:43 pm

    PTC jacket – no they wouldn’t. They would be scared that GSU would beat them like Gardner-Webb almost did this past year.

    Kenny Powers

    March 31st, 2009
    4:57 pm

    VSU all the way, GO BLAZERS!!! They are awesome like me with god given talent of 101mph heat and a whale like man organ.


    March 31st, 2009
    5:00 pm

    UWG needs a quarterback!!!!!! UWG!!!! The BEST go WEST!!!!


    March 31st, 2009
    5:06 pm

    I always hear the argument about Georgia State not being a real ‘college town’ as a criticism. It depends on what you’re looking for in a college. Some people like the college atmosphere, and some like the city life. I attended both Georgia State and UGA and if I could go back and start college all over again I would choose Georgia State over UGA (especially with G-State having the new dorms and football program). There is just so much more to do in Atlanta and the variety of bars and atmosphere of Atlanta nightlife appeals to me far more than a ‘college town’. And I’ve heard this from many others who have attended G-State. So it depends on what you are looking for in a college.

    From both sides

    March 31st, 2009
    5:34 pm

    As someone who attended Southern and State, I can attest to both schools having attributes exclusive of the other.

    Southern certainly has an initial leg up over State when it comes to football. Academically, State is far superior. Once they get their football program established, I can dee State giving Southern absolute fits. In fact, it could very well be the impetus for Southern to finally make a jump to 1-A or, I guess, the FBS.

    Southern has a more traditional campus life, for sure. But State has an interesting one, as well. Going to major sporting events, concerts, Virginia Highlands, um…strip clubs?

    But more than that, State offers students better options for those students who work while in school. In Statesboro, you’re going to be waiting tables or working at a car wash. At State, you can get internships or part-time work with serious businesses. There are many inherent advantages at State that many people overlook.


    March 31st, 2009
    5:49 pm

    I’d like to point out that schools changing their “status” from college to university is pretty meaningless these days. All the four year schools in Georgia changed their name from college to university because of the perception by prospective students that “universities” are better.

    A Georgia State/Georgia Southern rivalry would be good but last I’ve heard, Georgia Southern won’t play Georgia State in men’s basketball. It might take some time for Georgia State’s football team to get to the level of Georgia Southern’s and there is a possibility that Southern will jump to FBS. And quite frankly, 6 DI-AA national championships don’t mean squat. The DI-AA champ garners very little press.

    As for Richt, he should go to the school that is the best fit for him.

    GSU Grad

    March 31st, 2009
    5:58 pm

    As someone who is graduating on May 9th from Georgia Southern, I can tell you it aint your daddy’s campus no more. I had to work hard to get accepted to grad school there in education. They do not take the mickey’s anymore. And their ed program pales in comparison to “state.” But I am getting off track.

    I am proud of where I go and coming from a undergrad program with no major sport, I am excited to wear the blue and white on Saturday in the Prettiest Little Stadium in America. I have a couple of friends going to state and they could honestly care less a/b the football program there.

    Eventually, it will happen like it has with Southern. You will have state football fans who are either UGA or Tech fans first then State fans second. Welcome to the college football scene Georgia State…Get used to riding in the back of the bus, and maybe you can work your way up to the front


    March 31st, 2009
    5:59 pm

    Yeah I’ve heard about Southern jumping up to D1-A, but I also know that Georgia State does not plan on staying D1-AA for long. It’s pretty much a matter of fan support and proving that football can survive financially at State before making a move to becoming D1-A. I have a friend that works with the atheletic department at State and essentially told me that was the end goal, and also I could tell in a speech Coach Curry gave after signing the first recruiting class that he sees G-State eventually becoming FBS when the time is right.

    Independent thinker

    March 31st, 2009
    6:04 pm

    PTC Jacket

    March 31st, 2009
    6:26 pm

    Voice of Reason:

    More like Voice of Stupidity.


    March 31st, 2009
    7:04 pm

    And the #1 team in the country almost beat the Jackets at home. Tool.


    March 31st, 2009
    7:55 pm

    Coastal Carolina? Western Carolina? Ha!

    Valdosta State is the best kept secret in the south…awesome campus that puts both GSUs’ and UGA’s to shame, beautiful girls, close to the beach and great college town. Go BLAZERS!


    March 31st, 2009
    8:08 pm

    wsj I played at Ga. Southern ‘84-’88 and was on the first 2 national champion teams. It dont mean squat? What? It dont mean squat to a guy that got picked last on the playground as a kid. Who are you? Where do people like you come from? I am new to blogging but I am realizing there a many idiots on here. It dont mean squat? Go tell Jean Russell, Erk’s wife it dont mean squat. Who cares who had the initials GSU first? What has that got to do with playing Football? And are we talking about Basketball and Baseball? So what?You guys are talking smack about Georgia State with no evidence or merit.It is all speculation. I was part of a storybook football team and to hear someone say that it dont mean squat really pisses me off. I hope Georgia State does well because I like Bill Curry. My son is a D1 prospect in Gwinnett and Ga State even though it is 1-AA or FBS I still want him to visit. Ga. Southern will not jump to D1 because it cant ever compete for National Championship at D1. At FBS or 1-AA they can every year. Ga. Southern or Ga, State would both be good places to play for Jon Richt to play. Why does have to go to we are better than you or we are the real GSU, like a little grade school kid. When you write that crap do you realize what that sounds like? Evidently not.


    March 31st, 2009
    8:34 pm

    He would be wasting his time if he transferred to Georgia Southern. He would get as much playing time as he would have gotten at Clemson. Georgia Southern is loaded at QB.


    April 1st, 2009
    7:24 am

    The only thing Jon could do at UGA is take his little sisters place beside his mommy pouring water at her sideline refreshment stand!!!! I shudder everytime I see her on the sideline, “okay boys don’t be saying gosh-darn in front of my little girl” The only reason he got a scholarship in the first place was because of his old man, period!

    Not Disappointed

    April 1st, 2009
    10:35 am

    I am a true Ga Tech fan! I bleed yellow, but would love to go watch this young man if he goes to Georgia State. Good luck to him.

    Voice of Reason

    April 1st, 2009
    4:21 pm

    What?- I don’t remember GaTech ever playing the #1 team in the country. Can you remind me when that was? Almost getting beat, at home, by Gardner-Webb is not something you can justify. Who cares if you beat UGA’s worst team in years with Tech’s best team in years for the only time in 8 years!

    PTC Jacket- clever, and a good argument. I must be stupid because PTC Jacket has declared me so.

    Red Foreman

    April 1st, 2009
    5:31 pm

    Hey “Voice of Reason”, Tech played #1 Virginia in 90…and won!