Mark Richt’s future not a major concern for Georgia commitments

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Saturday he expects Mark Richt to be the Bulldogs’ head football coach next season.

“Sure I do,” he told the AJC’s Tim Tucker. “Absolutely.”

Some of UGA’s commitments needed to hear that.

“That was encouraging for sure,” said Stacy LeMay, the father of quarterback commitment Christian LeMay. “He’s a great coach and a better man. I look forward to my son playing for him.”

Dalton’s Watts Dantzler, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle, who has been committed to Georgia since June, had not heard McGarity’s comments. But he said he didn’t need to.

Dantzler was at the Auburn game this past Saturday as a Tigers’ visitor. But he says he wasn’t overly concerned about the Bulldogs’ 5-6 season has gone.

“When we were 1-4 or whatever it was, I think a lot of us were a little worried and kind of looking around,” said Dantzler, who is now playing basketball. “But they’ve gotten it turned around since then and it would take something completely crazy for me not to go there.”

“Something completely crazy,” he said, generally means Richt or some of his assistants getting fired.

“I mean, that’s why I still talk to the Auburn coaches, in case something were to happen,” Dantzler said. “It’s been a bad year for Georgia. But it’s been a bad year at Florida and some other places, too. It’s been a weird year. That’s going to happen sometimes. But most of the commits I talk to are still solid with the Dogs.”

Dantzler said he talks to a half dozen or more of his fellow UGA commitments on a weekly basis. The Bulldogs have 16 commitments so far for the Class of 2011.

Meanwhile, Dantzler’s visit to the Plains did nothing to dissuade him from Georgia despite Auburn’s 49-31 win. The Tigers were Dantzler’s No. 2 team when he committed to the Bulldogs last summer.

“I left with about 10 minutes left in the game,” he said. “I had enough of Auburn by then. I got treated very poorly while I was there. A lot of the fans were getting on me, saying they didn’t want me there. I even wore blue and everything. It wasn’t a very good day for me over there.”

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DDPO

November 15th, 2010
5:04 pm

Matthews Dawg

November 15th, 2010
5:05 pm

Matthews Dawg

November 15th, 2010
5:05 pm

Crap…not even close! LOL!!!! Just wanted to get in the game!

DDPO

November 15th, 2010
5:07 pm

It is sad to see any school treat treat a 17/18 year old kid like that. I would think that Watts would not even take that trip unless he had a slight interest in Auburn.

DDPO

November 15th, 2010
5:08 pm

MD -

You were very close!

RxDawg

November 15th, 2010
5:12 pm

“It is sad to see any school treat treat a 17/18 year old kid like that. ”

At this point, nothing out of Auburn would surprise me anymore. Sounds like someone needs to get knocked off their pedestal.

ryan

November 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

Ray Drew and Crowell will be in Athens and several other big recruits .

15 Yard Penalty Dawg

November 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

Lemay continues a long line of bad characters with on and off the field issues. CMR please fix this issue.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

November 15th, 2010
5:16 pm

Don’t worry my Dawg buddies – The might TIDE will smack some humility to Auburn. Bama 35 – Auburn 27

secbama

November 15th, 2010
5:18 pm

Ryan: forget Crowell. He will be wearing #1 in Crimson next season spelling Trent Richardson. Saban has made him headline RB recruiting priority. Saban will close with Crowell, X.Dickson, C. Kouandijo, M. Mitchell and Antonio Richardson. ROLL TIDE.

Chip Towers

November 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

Ryan: Ray hasn’t told me for sure yet but I called down to columbus today and crowell still plans to.

smh

November 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

not surprised at all to here the Auburn fans treating Dantzler poorly. I really hope Bama whips Auburn.

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

I’m suprised Nick Fairley didn’t run over and headbutt him in the back while he wasn’t looking and $cam Newton’s daddy run out of the stands and take his wallet while he was down. This Dantzler kid seems like a great kid. Auburn could learn a few things from him.

ryan

November 15th, 2010
5:24 pm

Secbama Crowell’s mom is making the trip so don’t get confident that he is going to Bama a trip to SEC championship would have sold him .

jack bull

November 15th, 2010
5:27 pm

Auburn continuing to show just how classy they are..talked to my nephew last night, and came away with two things, one about the game, and the other about next year..first, the O-line was just trying to ‘protect’ their QB(which wasn’t being done very well at the snap of the ball), secondly, of the two or three underclassmen that could go pro, i would expect two of them back, with one being a very, very big surprise…some have already looked at next years schedule, which they think could make-up for this year..

Dale

November 15th, 2010
5:38 pm

Typical Auburn fans, for being rude to a kid just because he didn’t pick their school. Now I can see if it was DaRick Rogers, because he was a jerk and we didn’t want him anyway, but not this kid.

Manny

November 15th, 2010
5:38 pm

I expect this year’s UGA class to be the best ever. All will get to play right away. Crowell, Rome, Drew, and more. Add in all the solid guys like Lemay and Dantzler, and it wll be a class for the ages. Georgia needs a power back like Lattimore, and a couple of DL’s & DE’s.

SouthGaBrave

November 15th, 2010
5:38 pm

secbama – Went to Griffin last Friday to watch the Bears play vs. Lee County, mainly to watch recruits. Griffin teammates Safety Corey Moore (UGA recruit) and WR Nile Daniel (Kentucky among other offers) far outplayed Dickson who, to be honest, looked out of shape and really only “played hard” about half the time. He may be another case of someone who takes 2-3 years to figure it out at the next level because he’s never had to work hard to be better than his competition before.

Manny

November 15th, 2010
5:42 pm

It was good to hear from McGarity that Richt will be back for sure. No surprise, but good to hear none the less. McGarity’s a big fan of Mark Richt. I think he knows with a great class, and some recruits that fit the 3-4, the future for Georgia will be a National Championship within 2-4 years. LOVE this coaching staff, best special teams, Bobo’s on fire, defense really improved already, only getting better.

Dale

November 15th, 2010
5:43 pm

Auburn will be without Newton next year. Remember the Bulls without Jordan?

Manny

November 15th, 2010
5:43 pm

Saban’s never stayed in one place more than 5 years, so he won’t be at Alabama much longer. Dallas rumors are heating up.

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
5:44 pm

I sure hope that Lowdnes25 wasn’t the one arrested for setting fire to Toomers Corner! Crowell is giving UGA one last chance to convince him why that’s the university for him. Crowell is going to Bama unless Mark Richt pulls a rabbit out of his hat.

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

@ Manny , where do you get your info at bro? Dallas played the best game that they’ve played this year with Garrett as the head coach. Jason Garrett is and will be Dallas’ coach next year. I could say Richt is going to Colorado but that doesn’t mean that it is true.

ryan

November 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Hey Chip Lowndes25 said Drew was going to make trip that who i heard it from .

Neydermeyer Returns

November 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

UT gets 4* DT Maurice Couch! (6′3 295)
Chose to play for Dooley over offers from
Southern Cal, South Carolina, UNC, and Georgia
according to Rivals.

Bleeds Red and Black

November 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

C’mon down guys, would love to have some new talent! And this year and last is just a blip, we will return to 10-win seasons starting next year. I truly believe that and its great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
5:57 pm

Good job Chip on reporting how classless that the “Auburn Family” is. I can’t believe that you guys just thought that it was Nick Fairley.

like2win

November 15th, 2010
5:59 pm

lemay and his preacher dad thinks its alright to have sexual intercourse on school grounds and students shouldnt be punish for it perfect fit for ga how many of you parents agree with him wonder if he sold tickets to the encounter

ryan

November 15th, 2010
6:04 pm

You stupid haters haters still talking about that seem so long ago i don’t see that as a major story about LeMay he is a good kid that maid a little mistake .

bardawg

November 15th, 2010
6:09 pm

I hope Auburn runs the table , beating both Alabama & Oregon for the national championship ! Give Cam Newton the Heisman trophy ! ‘Cause one of the sweetest , most just things that I’ll witness in my lifetime is the reaction of all the East Alabama trailer trolls when a similar fate befalls them that happened to USC with Reggie Bush . Their esteemed National Title will be vacated & cam will lose his precious Heisman . GO TO HELL CHEATING A$$ WAR EAGLES !

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
6:11 pm

@like2win, what 17 year old doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse on school grounds or anywhere else for that matter? It’s not like his preacher daddy solicited money for his kid to enroll like a certain other preacher we’ve heard so much about. He’s a kid who made a bad decision, get over it already.

doggit

November 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

It would seems you ryan “maid” a little mistake as well….

doggit

November 15th, 2010
6:13 pm

and so did I – touche!

ryan

November 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

I never thought i would pull for PAC 11 team but if Auburn does go i might cheer for Oregon and will pull for SC .

1eyedJack

November 15th, 2010
6:16 pm

Maybe ryan meant to say “maid” and you didn’t get the joke. Now wouldn’t you feel like a Doofey!

Supes

November 15th, 2010
6:37 pm

UGA needs Crowell…looking at Lattimore it makes you wonder what UGA would be able to do with a stud RB.

King and Ealey are fine RB, but there is that next elite level…and they simply don’t have it.

bigdsel

November 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

Come to UGA, my lovely recruits and make UGA Better. Auburn is gonna get sanctioned and end up like USC. So I recommend all Recruits thinking of going to Auburn need to change their minds and come To UGA. GOO DAWGs!!!!!

dawgster

November 15th, 2010
6:55 pm

I’m with some of you…its hard to say this but i believe i might have to pull for Bama to win..I think Mr. Newton and Au need to be brought down a notch…if it doesn’t happen this year, it will happen soon, the NCAA will take care of it..they can say all they want, but its hard for me to believe that they didn’t know what they were getting in Newton…Of course he is innocent until proven otherwise, and i could almost believe that he didn’t know what his father was up to except they are pretty close, so getting me to believe otherwise is difficult..maybe them and Au can convince the NCAA and FBI…well anyway, doesn’t really have anything to do with recruiting i guess, just irritates me that we sit our best player down, without knowing all the facts as to not put our university at risk in the future, unlike the huge chance Au is taking…It may work out for them though…Hey, how did that work out for the USC trojans…i see some similarities that will take some time to reach a decision…go dawgs

1970 Dawg

November 15th, 2010
7:05 pm

Hang with us Watts Danzler. Better days are on the way and you will be a major reason for them. Go Dawgs!!!!

ryan

November 15th, 2010
7:07 pm

It has been an awful year all a round for college football you had agentGate also bar fights UF player that was a stalker just scandal after scandal .

H walker

November 15th, 2010
7:09 pm

Crowell is going to GA. His brother said so. Saban jumping ship also. Sorry Tide fans.

dawgster

November 15th, 2010
7:16 pm

Just reading some info on other RB’s around the state of Georgia and there are some very good ones…to me what the coaching needs to do after the Tech game is just be honest and up front with Crowell and ask him and his family the same…We want him very much, but if he tells the coaching staff, and i don’t know that he would, that Bama has the lead, then the dawgs should offer the openings to tow others perhaps, Clemens or Bray…get both of them and losing Crowell as hard as that would be would be a pretty good pick-up…If we lose Crowell late, it could also cost us with some others that may have gone with us…I hoping we can lock down Crowell during the Tech weekend…if we don’t then it won’t be because of anything the coaches did or did not do…In my opinion we need people that really want to be a dawg, i hope Crowell feels that way, but if he feels comfortable somewhere else, then we have to wish him well and move on and get the best available out there..and folks there are some very good backs out there this year, not forgetting a very, very good one next year that will be ours to lose…go dawgs…beat Tech and lets get this great recruiting class signed…

ryan

November 15th, 2010
7:19 pm

If that is true about Crowell this going to a great class i am not jumping the gun and saying he is a lock because of the JWJ story but with his mom coming to Athens it just might seal the deal .

Dorsey Hill

November 15th, 2010
7:32 pm

Seth’s comments and the events of the last couple of weeks hopefully brings the Bulldog Nation closer to where I have been for years. I know that the old guard hates Tech and there is no one you want to lose to more than Tech. I also know that the young guys hate Florida because of our lack of success with them over the last two decades. However, I hate Auburn and have always hated Auburn more than any other opponent we play and its not even close. When some other team hoses our fans down in the stands then and only then will I consider changing my mind. Forget Hell!!!

tom

November 15th, 2010
7:37 pm

SEVERAL RADIO STATIONS (INCLUDING 960 THE REF) ARE HEARING THAT TROOPER TAYLOR IS THE AUBURN COACH WHO ACTED AS THE GO-BETWEEN FOR AUBURN AND CAM, SR.

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
7:38 pm

@Chip Towers, any idea on when or if Crowell is planning his official visit to Alabama?

bigtime

November 15th, 2010
7:41 pm

@tom , does that suprise you? Trooper Taylor is the only coach that I have ever seen that acts more immature than their players and when you coach at Auburn that’s saying something.

trupert

November 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

So what’s new, just another unbelieveable example of Auburn’s lack of class.

dawgster

November 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

guys..just be patient there is more coming down regarding Au, Miss State in the recruitment of Newton…Is anyone surprised that he is not at fla…i don’t like to give the gators credit for a whole lot, but they know alot about what the deal was with Cam…I’m not saying he is not a good kid, he appears to be just fine, but i think he has some people around him that are very selfish, and he unfotunately has been used…It’s going to be hard to keep all that probably gone down from coming out, but it may take a while..i still think the whole situation is sad for college sports and these kids…i don’t think this will get washed under the bridge…

dawgster

November 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

Scout.com…reporting that Rb B. Snoody, who happens to be one of the fastest backs in the state favors UGA,,,more to come on him, but don’t be surprised if doesn’t become a dawg…Of course Crowell is our main target, but we do have some options…