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 georgia.scout.com 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 scout.com 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).