Mailbag: Butts-Mehre expansion, Tech WRs and e-mail booty

THE MAILBAG:

I am so glad that I opened this new e-mail account, AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com, for the purpose of fielding your questions for the weekly Recruiting Mailbag. Never could I have dreamed it would lead to such good fortune!

So far, I’ve won a total of 2,350,000 euros in lotteries and sweepstakes I didn’t even realize I’d entered. There’s one young lady who wants to start a relationship with me and another one, Miss Aisha, who wants “to tell me something and send me a picture.” I’ve apparently gotten some great news from Quebec, only I can’t read the French to figure out what it is. And then there’s this poor lady named Mrs. Magret(sic) Winter who’s on her sickbed and needs me to contact her lawyer.

But I’m going to have to get around to all of that later. My inbox is so stuffed with questions from you guys that I haven’t had time to make my claims. So without further ado, let’s hurry and answer the mail so I can claim my booty (as in goods and money, shame on you!).

Experts say the $40 million Georgia is laying out for the Butts-Mehre expansion will be worth it. (UGAA)

Experts say the $40 million Georgia is laying out for the Butts-Mehre expansion will be worth it. (UGAA)

RAWdawg asks: I would like to know what kind of impact UGA’s football facilities expansion will REALLY have on recruiting. These types of projects cost big money, and I was wondering if you think Georgia will actually reap recruiting benefits from it or not? What kind of impact do you think facilities have on the recruitment of the blue-chip prospects?

Chip: Good question, RAWdawg. Obviously facilities matter because the SEC has been in the throes of a facilities “arms race” for the better part of a decade or so. The bottom line is you don’t want the other guys to have something you don’t. And if you have the same things, yours can’t be cheap if theirs is done first class. In the case of the SEC, its rich television deal with CBS and ESPN gives these programs the financial foundations they need to invest in expensive projects, such as the $40-plus-million expansion of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall at UGA.

But don’t take my word for it. I asked Rodney Garner, Georgia’s recruiting coordinator, for his thoughts about this. “Facilities are very important,” he said. “You have to keep up with your competition. The number one question we get from recruits and parents is about the Butts-Mehre expansion and an indoor facility.”

Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com, agrees. “It definitely matters. Kids nowadays know who has the biggest stadiums, what type of uniforms they wear, the types of cleats they wear. Number one, it shows them [the school is] putting money into the program, that they want it to be the best. So, yeah, I think what they’re doing right now over at Georgia definitely will help them.”

Dustin Thomas asks: What are the chances Georgia Tech lands Kasen Williams? Do really think someone of his caliber would go to a run-first type of offense?

Chip: I’d say the chances are at least 1 in 10 Williams ends up on The Flats. That’s because Williams — the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout — listed the Yellow Jackets in his top 10 released just last month. As you know from Demaryius Thomas 1,000-plus yards last season, Tech can produce some very big numbers for a primary receiver. But it will encounter some mighty competition for this 6-foot-2, 196-pound athlete from Skyline, Wash. His other favorites are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Washington and Washington State.

TybeeDog asks: What kind of chances does Georgia have in landing Gabe Wright? Last I heard the Dogs were running third behind Bama and Auburn. Also, do you think that Chris Mayes might sign with us?

Chip: TybeeDog, how about I just let Gabe answer you himself? I forwarded him your question. His reply (via text): “UGA is 2nd and close to AU!! G.90″ So there you go. . . . Didn’t talk to Mayes but I’d say odds are decent he could end up with the Dogs. Right now they’re his only “power” offer other than Miami. But he has lots of suitors.

Adam Bruce asks: How realistic are Georgia’s chances to snag some of the nationally elite prospects, particularly Jadeveon Clowney, Tim Jernigan, and Malcolm Brown?

Chip: This is recruiting, Adam; we don’t deal in reality. . . . Seriously though, I don’t give the Dogs much of a shot with any of the guys you mentioned. Brown is the only one I’ve done an update on lately and, earlier this week, he listed a top two of Alabama and Texas with FSU a distant third. Clowney continues to list Georgia on his recruiting profiles but I haven’t seen much action between the two parties. And I’ve heard next to nothing about Jernigan other than he has an offer from the Dogs. But who knows.

Tunde Ayinla asks: Is Deandre Smelter, the talented two-way athlete from [Macon's] Tatnall Square Academy, attending Georgia Tech or is he pursuing his dreams as a Major League baseball player?

Chip: Smelter, who signed with the Yellow Jackets’ baseball team last November, was drafted in the 14th round with the 435rd pick overall by the Minnesota Twins. As of Thursday he had not signed a pro contract and is scheduled to enroll at Tech on Aug. 16th, Tech officials said. But until he enrolls, he’s on the market.

Chris Groskreutz asks: Now that Seantrel Henderson has been fully released from his scholarship from USC, does he have any eligibility restrictions wherever he ends up? Do you have any idea where he might be looking now?

Heidi Groskreutz of "So You Think You Can Dance" may or may not be related to one of our mail-baggers.

Heidi Groskreutz of "So You Think You Can Dance" may or may not be related to one of our mail-baggers.

Chip: First, Mr. Groskreutz, a question for you. Any relation to Heidi Groskreutz of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame? See photo. Is that you doing the heavy lifting?

As for your question, “fully released” means just that. Henderson does not have any restrictions, other than he needs to be enrolled somewhere before fall semester begins to be able to play. Best bets for the 6-foot-8, 330-pound offensive lineman’s destination are Miami and Ohio State, two of his finalists before he inexplicably signed with USC despite the hovering NCAA hammer. But I can promise you Tech and UGA have inquired, and so has most everybody else in the FBS.

62 comments Add your comment

#2 Bama Fan

July 9th, 2010
6:17 am

It is early in recruiting for the 2011 class but Georgia seems to beating the crimson tide for the best players in the state of Georgia. BTW the vols had a bang up party on the strip early this morning!! RTR

hogmtnplayer

July 9th, 2010
6:17 am

First! Had to do it . . .

Raleigh

July 9th, 2010
6:49 am

TMI, Chip – how can we trust someone’s insights when he reveals that he knows way too much about a dancing reality TV show – and not even one where professional athletes participate.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 9th, 2010
7:10 am

Chip- any truth to the rumor that QB Mitch Mustain from USC will transfer to Tenn??

JB

July 9th, 2010
7:29 am

Vols could end up with 5 to 8 players from USC…..It’s a perfect storm type event…..you take a couple of guys already there, and 6 or 7 more could end up there…..Why? IT IS the SEC and lot’s of playing time opportunity awaits on a big stage in a big conference. No bowl, no BCS. no chance at NC….they are bailing…….Tennessee has open arms……

theTruth

July 9th, 2010
7:37 am

DR K, according to Mitch Mustain, he is staying at USC, he was doing a live chat on a trojan board and was asked if he was staying. His reponse:

[Comment From hectorhector: ]
are you staying at USC
Wednesday July 7, 2010 11:58 hector
11:59

Mitch Mustain:
Yes I am.

theTruth

July 9th, 2010
7:38 am

JB, although I don’t like Tn, for every player that leaves USC and goes to Tn, it brings a smile to my face.

Marlin

July 9th, 2010
8:02 am

Perhaps UGA could promise recruits a new pair of red panties.

And a “get out of jail free” card. :-)

bitter tennersa fan

July 9th, 2010
8:05 am

me sistar he/she waits for all them there usc boy’s coming over, uh!!! well you gets the pic, she be happy to let them shave her her under arms with ourr weed eater, hahahah roll tide, not!! getem smokey

bitter uga fan

July 9th, 2010
8:10 am

news flash to all dawg fans, dont buy your wife a pair of red panties!!! in fact double dont buy your girl friend no red panties, well bamma sux no news there

bitter dr noisewater

July 9th, 2010
8:20 am

i have no ideas of my own!!! slap me please im a clemson fan!!!

bill_in_atl

July 9th, 2010
8:38 am

JB, you may need that many from USC to replace the ones that are about to be kicked out of school (and perhaps incarcerated).

UTk is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to sweep indiscretions under the rug, but I don’t think they can do anything about players beating cops unconscious. Bout to get REALLY ugly in Rocky Top, if it wasn’t already.

I wonder if there will be a story on the AJC about this situation that’s open for comments. If so…it ought to be interesting to say the least. Some might call it karma while others will say this is what they expected all along and UGA was lucky to miss out signing a certain “pre-madonna”who just got arrested.

dawgster

July 9th, 2010
8:45 am

any more info on the arrest Mr. Rogers and Miles at Tenn…don’t want to comment too much as the facts are not our but appears to be a serious issue as an officer i believe was left unconscious in the street..but we will see…..

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 9th, 2010
8:47 am

MORE GREG BLUE!!!!!!

BuddyColtrane

July 9th, 2010
8:48 am

You know, that’s messed up Marlin, but funny..

92 UGA Grad

July 9th, 2010
8:49 am

No holding cell, but we’re adding a wing to hold all the Governor’s Cup trophies we’ve won for kicking Tech’s @ss every November…

92 UGA Grad

July 9th, 2010
8:55 am

All the “UGA players are thugs” and other comments about player arrests are really pretty funny coming from Tech, UF & UT fans. We’ve had players arrested primarily for traffic violations & underage drinking (with the exception of Mettenberger, the dumb@ass) and Tech has a player arrested for being a drug kingpen, UT has kids assaulting police officers and robbing people at gunpoint and UF has players stealing credit cards of the dead girlfriend of a teammate and UGA gets called thugs??? Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…..

Tom

July 9th, 2010
8:56 am

So will part of the changes to the building be to finally change the name to something more appropriate in light of recent events?

Hardly seems right to fire Damon Evans for his transgressions but leave the name of a womanizing drunk on the building where he worked.

Maybe “Mehre-Dooley” would be better. Yeah, yeah, Vince was quite a cheater but it’s hardly the same thing. I mean, seriously, “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’!”, right?

Buckhead Dawg

July 9th, 2010
8:57 am

Thank you Da’Rick for stiffing the Dogs! Jailbird/Vol orange is definitely your color!

92 UGA Grad

July 9th, 2010
9:03 am

Da’Rick can go from jail to practice and not even have to change clothes….The report says a police officer was left unconscious in the street after this brawl…unbelievable. Hopefully, Da’Rick will be the one unconscious and looking out of the earhole of his helmet in early October in Athens….I’d be willing to take a 15 yarder to see Jakar or Baccari get a clean shot on Rogers.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 9th, 2010
9:08 am

Read the Knoxville Sentinel article on the brawl. Not looking good for Da’Rick. He got da’rrested.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 9th, 2010
9:08 am

Read the Knoxville Sentinel article on the brawl. Not looking good for Da’Rick. He got da’rrested.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2010
9:10 am

Da’Rick…DON’T bend over to pick up the soap!!
Can’t drive that new car behind bars.
What ‘cha think now BigPapa Nance. You better get up off that bail money or he’s liable to open a can ‘o whoop@ss on you….and he’s got a partner…and you better bail him out too!

gdawginkalamazoo

July 9th, 2010
9:15 am

So Darren, Montori, Denarius and Da’Rick walk into a bar……

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2010
9:19 am

Those are a couple of bullets I’m glad we dodged. See, when you live right and trust in the Lord he’ll take care of you…ain’t that right Coach Richt.

DawginLex

July 9th, 2010
9:20 am

DaRick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say it ain’t so Ethel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 9th, 2010
9:22 am

Dawgtard of the week – A look back into thUGA’s history!

Georgia Linebacker Arrested in Cocaine Bust
September 18, 1990|From United Press International
ATHENS, Ga. — Norman Cowins, the University of Georgia’s star linebacker, was in the Clarke County jail Monday after allegedly attempting to sell cocaine from a truck parked in downtown Athens.

Coach Ray Goff suspended Cowins from the team after learning of the arrest.

Buckhead Dawg

July 9th, 2010
9:25 am

Why in the world is someone posting about an arrest from 1990?

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 9th, 2010
9:34 am

If you know history, you might not make the same mistakes over and over. I’m giving you some thUGA history since you don’t learn much in athens.

Worm

July 9th, 2010
9:41 am

I predict new carpet for the Knox county jail!

Tech also had a player that

July 9th, 2010
9:43 am

Tech also had a player recently OD. Now THAT is serious gang.

GT where you'll learn how to run...for your life!!

July 9th, 2010
9:45 am

HEY DAWGTARDS!!!!!!!! I have a look back into history for you. 30-24 at home to a 7-5 team hahahah. Eat it!!!!!!!! GO Dawgs!!!!!

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 9th, 2010
9:49 am

How was tailgating @Shoney’s in Shreveport? Your best win was by 6 points? Keep the comments coming, you’re stating my case for me. Thanks Dawgtards!

Will

July 9th, 2010
9:50 am

CDD must have been feeling proud about the week he had put together until early this morning when he got a call that 2 of his future stars beat up a police officer at a strip club. Not good at all. By the way, this is serious and look for both kids to be in big trouble with the law not to mention their team status. See Dawgs fans….. sometimes things do work out for the best.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 9th, 2010
9:51 am

Don’t worry Da’Rick’s sugar daddy will hire him the best possible lawyer for this one. Is Matlcok still alive? Can you check on that one Chip?

#2 Bama Fan

July 9th, 2010
9:56 am

UT may bring the Fulmer Cup back home this season after the beat down on a off duty cop. It is sad
to see anybody getting in to trouble with the talent of the Rogers kid!! Like Rivals Radio guy Bill King
says it is Knuckle Head Season between spring football and fall football season. RTR

joe

July 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Worm, now that was funny!! Look, no matter your school, we’ll all have to deal with stupid juvenile punk athletes who think the world owes them something, other than the free ride they are getting through school. It’s a black eye when it happens, but throw up some meat on it for a while and the swelling goes down eventually. Kids that do dumb things and get arrested will have to face the consequences, like Mettenberger and Nukeese. Seems the penalty they end up paying is leaving the big time SEC schools and going to play division II. That seems to zap them back down to reality.

WonderDawg

July 9th, 2010
9:59 am

Welcome to Knoxville, Duh”Rick!!

WonderDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:00 am

Right, joe, not to mention stupid juvenile ADs . . .

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 9th, 2010
10:06 am

Read the article, but no specific mention as to what the condition of the officer is. He was admitted with a head injury, and all kidding aside, this could prove to be more serious than about these guys playing football again.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Also what happened to Norman Cowins after all that? I thought in ‘90 UGA had the best tandem OLB in the Nation with Cowins and Mo.

TheTaxJacket

July 9th, 2010
11:46 am

All the top players want to play for Tech, but they know a commitment to Tech is a real commitment. If they declare for Tech they can no longer take visits, so look for this #1 WR to choose Tech closer to signing day. CPJ always gets his man.

Go get em CPJ!

(((( 45 – 42 ))))
– thwg -

kevin

July 9th, 2010
12:10 pm

wrong adieu, i believe. but everybody does that and it’s just accepted. that adieu means farewell. you are looking for ado.r

dagnabit

July 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

The bulldawgs dodged the bullet there. Da’rick won’t stomping the puppies into the turf this fall.

dagnabit

July 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

However , Damon will be stomping on the infamous red panties into the concrete under the bridge he’s living under this fall.

John

July 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

Did someone ask for UGA arrests. I keep a running list…

Damon Evans (AD); Jul-09: DUI
Josh Parrish; 4/26/2010; Dissmissed; underage possession of alcohol and possession of false ID
Trent Dittmer; 4/21/2010; Dissmissed; Public Intoxication
Montez Robinson, 4/4/2010; Dissmissed; Simple Battery/family violence
Z. Mettenberger; 3/7/2010; Dissmissed; underage possession/consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and possession of false ID
Montez Robinson; 11/30/2009; suspention; criminal damage, underage possetion of alcohol
Montez Robinson; 10/20/2009; Simple Battery/family violence
Vance Cuff ; 10/14/2009; one game; riding scooter on suspended liscense, moving violation(LOL)
Kevin Perez; 11/27/2008; 2 games; DUI
Brandon Wood; 10/20/2008; DUI
Vince Vance; 10/19/2008; Liscense violation
Darius Dewberry; Aug-08; two games; Vandalization ($2100 in damages to hospital while visiting bar fight players)
Jeff Henson; 8/2/2008; Suspended; public intoxication and urinating in public
Donovan Baldwin; 8/2/2008; Dismissed; Alcohol related Bar fight
Marcus Dotwin; 8/2/2008; Alcohol related Bar fight
Michael Lemon; 6/29/2008; Underage consumption of alcohol
Michael Lemon; 6/28/2008; dissmissed; Felony Battery (Own UGA Player multiple times in the face, fracturing the victim’s left eye socket)
T. Sturdivant; 6/27/2008; Simple battery (misdemeanor)
Justin Anderson; 6/27/2008; Simple battery (misdemeanor)
Jeremy Lomax; Jun-08; Speeding, concealed firearm
Clint Boling; May-08; one game; Wreckless driving, refusing breathalyzer
Donovan Baldwin; 1/22/2008; one game; DUI
Fred Munzenmaier1/22/2008; one game; Underage consumption of alcohol
Jeff Henson; Nov-07; DUI
Darryl Gamble; 9/6/2007; driving without wearing a seatbelt and driving with a suspended license
Caleb King; 7/1/2007; wrongway driving and driving with a suspended license
Blake Barnes; 6/14/2007; Furnishing alcohol to a minor, open container
Tripp Chandler; 6/14/2007; underage possession of alcohol, open container
Akeem Hebron; 2/25/2007; underage possession of alcohol (arrested twice over course of spring)
? Green; 8/4/2005; underage possession of alcohol, open container and littering
Kedric Golston; 4/11/2005; simple battery of a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct
Derrick White; 4/11/2005; disorderly conduct
Zeb McKinzey; 3/1/2005; 1 game; underage possession of alcohol

dap01

July 9th, 2010
1:25 pm

John: You need a girl friend.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

John, good try but it’s tough to educate Dawgtard nation.

John

July 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

blame it on the economy, and slow work days, btw, I am married, and not the AD for UGA, so no girlfriends for me ;)

Chip Towers

July 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

Kevin: You’re right indeed. I changed it. Got to stop penning these blogs after my normal bedtime.