I’M RECASTING THIS BLOG FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING BECAUSE IT WASN’T UP A FULL HOUR BEFORE NEWS BROKE OF HUTSON MASON GETTING AN OFFER FROM UGA, THEN THE DEFENSIVE COACH FIRINGS. SO IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .
Georgia coaches, banned from recruiting Carver-Columbus by coach Dell McGee back in July, visited the high school en force this week.
Assistant coaches Mike Bobo, Jon Fabris (since dismissed), John Lilly and Stacy Searels traveled to Columbus together on a mission of both business and diplomacy. On the first count, they went there to try to woo a pair of recruits to Athens as part of their Class of 2010. On the second part, they intended make good on a public relations gaffe from this past summer.
The Bulldogs re-extended a formal scholarship offer to senior quarterback Devin Burns, who was at the center of this summer’s controversy. Burns and his whole family came to UGA’s “Georgia Night” elite camp in July with the intention of accepting Georgia’s scholarship offer. But it was only after arrival that Burns was informed that the offer was no longer available.
That resulted in McGee refusing to let Georgia coaches recruit his players — a ban he lifted about a month or so later after accepting Bulldogs’ coaches apology and explanation — and Burns accepting a scholarship offer to Maryland.
Tuesday they offered Burns again. McGee explains.
“Basically they decided they needed a quarterback in this class and it was only right that they offer Devin since he was still No. 1 on their board at that position,” said McGee, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs in the third round last Friday. “I thought it was appropriate and commend them for doing that.”
Burns is sticking with the Terrapins, however, who also came to the school on Tuesday.
“They approached us about it and explained their situation in a professional manner,” McGee said. “They spoke to me and they spoke to Devin and his parents about it beforehand, then they came down here and stated their case. Devin is happy with his decision but he did listen to what they had to say and appreciated it.”
Burns wasn’t Georgia’s only reason to visit. McGee said the Bulldogs’ also offered 2010 offensive lineman David Beasley. The 6-foot-4, 287-pound guard has been committed to Clemson since late July.
“He’s committed to Clemson right now; that’s all I know,” McGee said. “Georgia wants him to come for a visit. I don’t know if he will or not.”
The Bulldogs have already extended offers to two Carver juniors: running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive lineman Gabe Wright. McGee said he thought they had a good shot at both.
Tuesday’s mission of diplomacy probably will help.