UGA in ‘constant contact’ with Carver-Columbus coach

Georgia still is not in the good graces of Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee but it’s working on it.

McGee banned the Bulldogs from recruiting his players after a communication breakdown led to Georgia withdrawing a scholarship offer from Carver quarterback Devin Burns the very day he intended to commit to them. That was a week ago this past Saturday and McGee said he has heard from the Bulldogs often since then.

“They’ve been in contact with me on a constant basis since the incident occurred,” said McGee, who led Carver to the Class AAA state championship in 2007. “I’ve talked to Mark Richt a few times and a few other coaches as well.”

Make no mistake about it, while Georgia is prevented by NCAA rule from commenting on the situation directly, its coaching staff is contrite and is doing everything in its power to make good with the school. And it goes beyond the fact that the school produces good football players. Teams are always going to offer more scholarships than they can sign, so retractions are inevitable. But as a Georgia assistant told me, they have worked extra hard at avoiding embarrassing situations such as the one that occurred last week.

Meanwhile, it appears the incident with Burns has hurt the Bulldogs with Burns’ Carver teammate Gabriel Wright. The defensive tackle, who is one of Georgia’s top targets in 2011, told the pay site he has dropped the Bulldogs from his top spot and replaced them with Auburn. “Georgia was my leader, but I had to drop them down after what happened with my teammate Devin Burns and I will only visit them in the future if my coach lets me,” Wright told recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. “I still like them, I really like Coach [Rodney] Garner, and we will just see what happens. I just don’t want what happened to Devin to happen with me.”

Meanwhile, neither Georgia Tech nor Auburn appears interested in Burns’ services. McGee said the Yellow Jackets talked to Burns this past spring. “They’re limited on their scholarship numbers and they just didn’t know if they were going to offer or not,” he said. The Tigers aren’t going to sign a quarterback “because they have six on campus,” he said.

But Burns will definitely land on his feet. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback is still holding scholarship offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Miss. State, Southern Miss, UAB, Louisville and Troy and remains on the radar screen of numerous other major Division I teams.

Now for some late-morning links:

Don’t know if you caught this but I found a fairly fascinating story coming out of Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp this past week. Prospect Tavadis Glenn, an offensive/defensive lineman out of Jacksonville, Fla., was kicked out of the camp after making “The U” gesture during one of the drills, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald. Glenn (6-5, 300), committed to Miami back in April. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that only Gator chomps are allowed at Florida Field. . . .

Interesting development up in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame quarterback Nate Montana, the son of a rather notable Notre Dame alumnus who goes by the name Joe, has transferred to Pasadena City junior college. Montana (6-4, 200), who was listed as fourth-string with the Irish, claims he intends to return to South Bend but simply wanted to get some playing time under his belt. But by rule he is available to be re-recruited and word is Arizona State already has raised its hand for him. Meanwhile, the Irish signed two more quarterbacks in this last class. . . . Nate’s little brother Nick Montana is also a quarterback and was recruited by Notre Dame (and Georgia) but is committed to Washington (thanks, Wil Walton).

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July 27th, 2009
11:45 am

Chip, good information and like Atlanta Gator said glad you doing the recruiting blog and keep us informed with the stories of the recruiting world.

Wil Walton

July 27th, 2009
11:52 am

Chip, hate to correct you, but Nick Montana is a rising Senior. He did not sign with Washington this past February. However, he has committed to the Huskies for 2010.


July 27th, 2009
12:43 pm

Chip, you left a vital fact out of your bit on the Tavadis Glenn. The kid had made a previous “U” sign during an earlier drill. The Florida coaches went up to him after the first sign and asked him politely not to make the sign again, reminding him that this was a Florida Gator camp and not a Miami camp. They warned him nicely that additional “U” signs would not be tolerated and he would have to leave if he made another sign. After beating a Florida commit on a drill, he again gave the “U” sign with a big demonstration saying, “This is how they do it at Miami.” He was then escorted out of the stadium. It was not like the made him leave without first being nice and giving him warning. Just so you know. P.S. Other recruits were also complaining about his behavior on the field. They felt like he was trying to show everyone else up. He will fit in nicely.


July 27th, 2009
12:47 pm

Wil, Chip did not say Nick Montana signed with Washington. He said he committed to Washington, which he has. He said Notre Dame signed two more QBs (neither of which is Nick Montana). Please read the story more carefully.

Wil Walton

July 27th, 2009
1:05 pm

No problem Chip. Glad to help!


July 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

UGA missed the Boat with Burns, great kid, great QB. After Carver-Col wins the 2009 AAA state Title more schools will come calling……


July 27th, 2009
1:09 pm

Chip, thanks for the info. To me this is why you need an early signing period. The Glenn kid could have all ready signed w/ Miami making him ineligible to attend Florida’s recruiting night. I applaud the Florida coaches for tolerating his early behavior before asking him to leave. While his actions are inexcuseable, we still have to remember that you are dealing w/ 17 year old young men. They all have some growing up to do. We probably all did some things at that age that we wish we could do over. Glad to see that the Georgia coaches are working on rectifying the situation w/ Carver Columbus coach. I hate that it happened the way it did but it did so you deal with it and move on. Another reason to me an early signing period is needed. These kids need to know that scholarships are limited in numbers and once an offer is made if they wait to long it may not be available. I think the NCAA needs to put a date on when an offer can be made. In my opinion, offers should not be allowed until after the player finishes his Junior year in school, not his Junior season. Then, allow the schools to sign players during a two week period in July. After that, they can’t sign till February. They will be allowed to take a paid visit to the school they signed w/ during their Senior season but only that school and only one visit. They can visit all they want at their expense. After signing, they will have a three day period in which they can get out of the contract. After that, regular rules apply.
Food for thought.


July 27th, 2009
1:33 pm

South Florida kids are coacky kids! Miami is getting studs everywhere but i dont think Randy Shannon is the guy to coach them. The Georia/Carver situation is a dunb mistake and I hope it gets resolved, but the University of Georgia is bigger than Carver High, even though they produce good talent. Just give the scholarship to Teddy Bridgewater who has more talent than Burns and will be a better college qb. And who cares about any of Joe Montana’s over ratted sons? They both stink!

LTG (Loves the Game)

July 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Tampa Gator – You need to read the article more carefully. He corrected it and noted it in parenthesis…….


July 27th, 2009
2:31 pm

LTG…it was already corrected when I read it this morning and I do not believe it had the parenthesis at the time, or I did not see them for some reason. But, when I read the article, it said exactly what it says now.


July 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

Chip, I have read that one of those soon-to commit recruits will be Dominique Easley, the #6 rated DE (Scouts) from NY. To the Gators. Also, who does Georgia focus on now that Brown is “committed” to the Gators? I know Bulldog fans think they are fully loaded at RB, but I do not see a Brown type runner on their roster. I know King was supposed to be, but that has not evolved for them. The remaining guys are your power type runners. I saw the 2009 recruit (I forgot his name…Easley???) at the Under Armour camp. He did not seem to have breakaway speed, but did have slasher moves (he also ran east and west during the game too much). Will Georgia go after another RB with similar combination of agility and speed as Brown? Who? Also, what is your feel on Luc. I know he had a great time and spent a lot of time with Meyer and Strong at Florida, but I think he will end up somewhere else (not Georgia). Any thoughts or inside knowledge on Luc?


July 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Yes Glenn will fit in very well at Miami, soon to be the bust of the ACC in ‘09.

The article I read on Montana was that he was not going to be given playing time behind scholarship QB’s, because he was a walk-on at ND. Is this true, he is a walk-on?


July 27th, 2009
3:10 pm


Thought the Florida Coaching Staff handled the Tavadis Glenn situation properly. These are 17/18/19 year old kids – and have some maturing to do – holding them accountable for behavior on and off the field is appropriate. Glad the kid is going to Miami – will fit in well there.

As for the Carver – Columbus QB – Burns – Wow! UGA is in a PR mess.
I hate it that a kid and his family were embarrassed and hurt – this should be a great time for this family. The kid still has offers from Vandy, MS STATE, Maryland, Louisville – etc. I say go to Vandy and get your education!!!! How fortunate this kid is – and he needs to realize that. Hopefully – time will heal his wounds.

Whether UGA did everything correct or if they messed it up – they can not comment due to NCAA rules. The HS Coach appears to be getting his “15 minutes” of fame by holding a major university “hostage” in the press.

Here is the statement that bothers me, “and I will only visit them in the future if my coach lets me,”

It will be interesting to find out what really happened.



July 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

Ealey was hurt during the Under ARmour game I think. I think he has been clocked around 4.4 for the 40 which is plenty fast. Not as fast as Mack but might be more powerful.

I think the Mack Brown recruitment was more out of not having him go to Florida instead of filling a big need. Everyone could use a back like that but Georgia has plenty of backs. I’m just glad he’s not going to be a Techie b/c he could probably do the best in that run focused offense and would hands down be the most talented back there once Dwyer leaves. I don’t think the drama is over for this kid but still don’t think he’ll end up at Georgia. Can’t get them all.

Eduardo Clements is still an uncommitted RB out of Miami that Georgia is interested in but he has said he won’t committ until signing day. IMO, we should not wait and risk losing out. Move on and get someone else that wants to be a DAWG!

The U

July 27th, 2009
4:25 pm

TampaGator chose to leave out the part about the Florida commits taunting Glenn during the drills. The guys are competing. I would’ve done the same thing and I would hope if you guys would too if you had any b@lls to stand up for yourselves. He was trying to raise his stock at the camp. UF and UM play in a few years so he can’t back down to those guys now.

dawgfan1911, Glenn is from Jacksonville, not South Florida. Bridgewater will only go to 1 school. If you want to put a label on South Florida kids that fits, it’s that they all play the recruiting game. Check Miami’s roster for Miami Northwestern HS.

Paddy, How many arrests has Miami had in the last 5 year? Do just a little bit of research.

I just want you guys to Google, Yahoo, Bing or something before you talk about a situation or a school. Miami’s arrest record is lower and graduation rate higher than any of the FL schools and UGA. CMR played at Miami and is from South Florida. Is CMR a Thug? He fit in at Miami when he was there. Come on guys! Stop living in the past and stop stereo-typing.


July 27th, 2009
4:47 pm

If the world of college football knows anything about CMR and the way he operates it’s that he and his staff are sincere men and of the utmost integrity. If the Burns kid wanted to go to UGA he should have committed sooner. UGA’s 2010 class is nearly full and the team doesn’t have an immediate need at QB. Mistakes happen and regardless of what the miscommunication was in this situation CMR and company have certainly earned the benefit of the doubt. In my opinion the Carver Coach is simply pounding his chest, If Wright wants to go to Auburn and have his rear end handed to him by the upper tier SEC teams (which Auburn no longer is) for the next four years then he’s an idiot. Carver is one of thousands of high schools Georgia can choose top flight players from. But only a handful of teams in Div.I college football teams rank with Georgia by averaging ten wins year in and year out. GO DAWGS!


July 27th, 2009
5:07 pm

The U…I didn’t choose to leave out anything, dude. There was nothing in three different articles I read on the subject that indicated that any of the Florida recruits were taunting him. One did say some of the Florida recruits were talking up Florida to him and others (not talking trash like he did to them) but mostly to his friend who is a big time DL prospest who is also committed to Miami. I think this guy was successful in that he was able to get his friend mad at the Florida coaches so he would not consider the Gators.


July 27th, 2009
5:15 pm

Also…the U…I agree that Shannon has turned things around as far as player behavior is concerned. You don’t hear about anything bad coming out about Miami players these days. Shannon gets a lot of credit for that. But Shannon has issues himself, especially when he would not shake Meyer’s hand at the end of the game last year because Meyer went hard after a few of his recruits last year (unsuccessfully by the way). Shannon showed no class with that move last year. Recruits are not commits until they sign on the dotted line. Shannon needs to realize that. Until the NCAA makes “commit” official and binding, coaches are going after those commits until the player says get lost. None of the Miami commits last year told Meyer and his coaches to get lost, so they continued to recruit them up until signing day. Some of these kids will play coaches up until signing day to get trips to new places, have a good time somewhere (including the female type of fun), and also to make sure they have made the right decision. If Shannon ever gets good QB play, Miami will be back in the NC picture again. They are loaded with talent 2 and 3 deep everywhere else. I think they will dominate in the ACC this year given the QB play as a factor.


July 27th, 2009
6:56 pm

anyone know who the five star recruit thats visiting ga is?


July 27th, 2009
7:19 pm

TampaGator, I’m not a Miami fan by no means but i did watch the game, the reason you state that Randy Shannoon would not shake Meyer’s hand is incorrect, go back and read some of the comments from players and other people that know the real reason as to why…Could the end of game strategy when the game was well and i mean well in hand have something to do with it…You always amaze me with your insight, i just wish you would be a little more unbiased when it comes to your Gators, the tide will turn eventually so enjoy it for now, but please don’t make excuses for everything your gators do, all of the schools make mistakes with recruits and other issues from time to time and guess what so do the gators


July 27th, 2009
7:47 pm

“Georgia was my leader, but I had to drop them down after what happened with my teammate Devin Burns and I will only visit them in the future if my coach lets me,” Wright told

…”if my coach lets me”… Is this a correct quote? The coach at that
school is preventing a player from talking to Georgia or any other school. If this is correct, Richt needs to release a public statement that none of his coaches will recruit that school until that coach publicly apologizes to his school & players for his boorish behavior.

Richt needs to step up or step down. My kid would not play for that high school coach & he would not play for Richt if he backs down on this. Georgia is THE state university in Georgia. For a high school coach to prevent his players from talking athletic scholarship to The state university in his state borders on criminal.

BS Patrol

July 27th, 2009
10:01 pm

At Georgia Tech, it would be unseemly and undignified to even address an issue so distasteful. I am proud to say that at least the highest institution of learning in this State is above and beyond this type of petty quibbling.

pensacola dawg

July 27th, 2009
10:13 pm

BS Give me a break!

Dawg 1

July 27th, 2009
10:23 pm

BS Patrol – your swimming in your own BS…

johnny too good

July 28th, 2009
12:25 am

for those of you who dont know much about geography, columbus,ga is on the bama/ga state line and about 40 miles from auburn, and if you’ve ever been to columbus theres a whole lot of support for auburn so dont be surprised that their coach(an auburn alum) can convince his guys to go there


July 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

It’s way past time for the GHSAA to step in with regard to Carver Coach McGee. NO high school teacher and/or coach should be allowed to determine where students can go to college. In this case, as an Auburn alum, he is using his position to sway kids to his alma mater. As for Wright, he needs to make his own decisions– not his coach.


July 29th, 2009
8:24 am

Actually, since Dell McGee went to Carver, none of his high profile recruits have gone to Auburn. He is like every other high school football coach in the south; he thinks he is way more important than he really is. I don’t think a football coach has the power to limit who comes on a public school campus.


July 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

No such thing as freedom of speech at the florida camp. What a joke! Kid can say and do whatever he wants, as long as it is not offensive.


July 30th, 2009
12:34 pm

Burns is taking an official to Maryland and will commit to Ralph Friedgen this weekend.