Georgia Tech and UGA go scoreless with commitments at spring football games

Once upon a time, you could count on somebody committing at the Georgia Tech or UGA spring game.

It didn’t happen this year — well, at least not publicly.

Surely, somebody whispered in the ear of Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson at Saturday’s T-Day or UGA’s Mark Richt at last weekend’s G-Day and said, “Coach, I’m coming here. I’m just not ready to go public with it yet.”

Why none “officially” at either in-state spring game?

We have plenty of theories:

Maybe a certain kid has promised other college coaches that he would visit their respective schools later this spring/summer before announcing?

Maybe the prospect wasn’t able to attend either game to talk to Johnson or Richt in person. After all, it was tough scheduling — with T-Day played Easter weekend and G-Day during spring break for many.

Maybe the prospect prefers to announce at a press conference at a later date. Or at a table with a bunch of hats in front of TV cameras.

Maybe, simply, nobody was ready (Unlikely).

Maybe later today or tomorrow, we’ll find out someone did commit at T-Day; or even last weekend at G-day — and they are ready to go public with it.

Who knows?

No reason for followers of Georgia Tech or UGA to worry.

It was just that, once upon a time, you could count on it for the spring games.

Not this year.

What are YOUR theories? Please post below.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

Georgia Tech's CPJ at T-Day (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Georgia Tech's CPJ at T-Day (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)


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121 comments Add your comment

William

April 24th, 2011
5:13 am

first. I think they will wait to put on a big show at their school. No reason to do it when something big like a spring game is going on.

Reaper

April 24th, 2011
6:38 am

If both teams win, this will solve their recruiting problem. UGA and GT have no margin for error to start the seson off. If UGA wins the first two games, that will help their chances greatly. I hope they can solve the problems on offense in the summer. If not CMR and staff will be out of here. He doesn’t to win to keep his job, he needs to win consistently to compete for a NC every year the way that UA, Ohio State, and Oklahoma does every year. Win consistently and recruiting takes care of itself. Right now doesn’t look like Will Friend was the right hire for the OL Coach and we know keeping Bobo is a great disaster but I hope things change quickly. Johnson has to change his offensive mindset if GT plans on competing in the ACC, because Fla. St. has put a long distance between their football program and the rest of the ACC.

you can't fix stupid

April 24th, 2011
7:37 am

… maybe these kids are waking up to the fact that they SHOULD keep their mouths shut until they have made up their minds with no looking back. Otherwise, the media frenzy and “bad blood” between the schools on their list starts almost immediately.

jbegss

April 24th, 2011
8:12 am

Reaper – you’re an idiot. Coach Friend has been involved in 15 practices and he is not working out? You’re kidding right?

hey....

April 24th, 2011
8:21 am

FSU seperating themselves from the rest of the ACC? Sure, if you believe all the so called “experts” in these recruiting rags…..When was the last time they won an ACC championship?? Think it’s been a few years?? Got to do it on the field folks. Recruiting hype is just that, hype.

Dawg4ever

April 24th, 2011
8:21 am

Not surprising that UGA is not getting any early committments this year. Bama&Fl. are getting all the top talent in state so far, and all of their coaches are using the negative recruiting line that Richt want be at UGA next year after he and his coaches lay another egg. Richt is all talk and no substance, and his comment about how his team was outplayed and that they didn’t play hard is excellent recruiting material. This guy doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut, and when not to. He says he isn’t worried about his job, that is because his job is not what is important to him anymore. He is just buying time and taking money from UGA as long as the idiots will keep paying him. He has proven over and over again that he doesn’t know how to evaluate talent when it comes to hiring assistants, and it has finally caught up with him. BooBoo and Friend are jokes when it comes to offensive assistants, and this offense will get stuffed by S.C, Fl,Auburn,Miss.St, and probably Tenn. Thank god they don’t play Bama, or LSU. Recruits know UGA is a sinking ship, and with the rival coaches telling them this as well, it is a no brainer. McGarity is to blame for this, he should have pulled the trigger on this clown, and bit the bullet in last year’s class and done what is best for UGA in the long run. He allowed Richt to sell him on the Dream Team and he gave him another year. Now UGA will lose this year’s class, but it has to be done. It is a shame that UGA fans have to go through another year of this loser coach and his pathetic staff, and that they have to watch the God awful product they put on the field. This will make it 4 years in a row that UGA fans have nothing to cheer for, and they have to listen to this clown’s excuses of why he got out coached in every important game. Must be nice to have a competent coach in charge of your team. Would love to wake up every morning and read where Saban, or Cheesestick, or Spurrier, or even Muschump for crying out loud, has stolen another top recruit from the state of Ga. That is my dream.And that is better than next year’s DreamTeam, what a joke that team is going to be.

Paddy

April 24th, 2011
8:31 am

Reaper, what happened, did they not hire your daddy to be the OL coach at UGA. Now you dump on the new guy with less than 30 days on the job. What a Maroon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Score Check

April 24th, 2011
8:45 am

What an amazing piece of journalism.

LOL

distant echo

April 24th, 2011
8:48 am

Paddy, i’ve heard that maroon expression b/f. are your initial F.K. journalism major? Meanwhile . . . I wonder who all these people who want to dump MR think would be a good fit. I wonder how anyone would want a job where success depends on the whims of 18,19, 20 year old idiots?

tony

April 24th, 2011
8:53 am

Reaper, I agree with you sir. Winning cure all wounds. These young men would sign at uga a year early if Mr.Richt won championships like Southern Cal, Fla and Al. I also think people(parents, fans,coaches and athletes)question Mr.Richt’s intellengence in terms of making the right decision for his football team. To his credit, he did hire a quality DC……. but look how long it took him to figure that out! I think 90% of the fans believe Mr.Richt should of hired an experience OC. Did Texas replace their OC with an inexperience guy? NO! They hired Boise St former OC Bryan Harsin. Did UF hire an inexperience OC to run their offense? NO! They hired Charlie Weis. These young men got Mr.Richt under their microscope.

Mark Richt

April 24th, 2011
9:17 am

I like the way Bobo calls plays.

secskools

April 24th, 2011
9:19 am

Maybe both programs suck and they are holding out for better options.

dawg fan fb

April 24th, 2011
9:36 am

Tony , reaper , and dawg4ever , you al are the biggest morons and fair weather fans around . Richt has done nothing but win since he has been here . He consistently has high ranked recruiting classes . You cant be perfect every year . hell , texas won 4 games this past year and you dont hear all of this crap about Mack Brown . If you are real fans , you will stick with them no matter what . If yall are so smart , how come yall aren ‘ t coaching . The dawgs are shut down Boise St and SC . With there stout defense and hopefully Aaron murray will find a way to win . He was awesome last year sa a redshirt freshman . He is money . So you part time fans go back to florida or wherever you came from and watch Granthams defense bring us back to the top . Dawg fan forever nomatter what .

tide roll

April 24th, 2011
9:37 am

I’m a toothless, rasist, redneck bama fan.
ROLL TIDE!

Old Gold

April 24th, 2011
9:47 am

No kid would ever commit to Tech this early unless there were no other offers! Johnson is too far out there with these kids and parents!

Mike Singletary

April 24th, 2011
9:47 am

@distant echo “I wonder who all these people who want to dump MR think would be a good fit.”
I’M looking for a job right now.

Mike Singletary

April 24th, 2011
9:49 am

@tide roll
At least your willing to admit it. Oh wait, maybe you were just bragging about yourself. BTW, learn how to spell.

tide roll

April 24th, 2011
9:49 am

How do you do that?

hey Dawg4ever

April 24th, 2011
9:50 am

we bama fans enjoy your pain. wah wah wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..

the georgia flag bearer univiersity has every possible advantage a school could have and the best thing they can do is win the fulmer cup.

not only are you losing the recruiting war but the recruits we allow you guys to have are thugs and thieves that lack character and heart.

we expect georgia yeck to pass you guys soon because they actually have a coach who can coach.

toooooooo funny….. wahhh wahhhhh wahhhhhhhhhh.

UGASlobberknocker

April 24th, 2011
10:02 am

Why would anyone commit early to Tech if their nutcase coach Johnson is going to try and restrict their other visits.? His policy is if you commit you cant visit elsewhere. What kid is going to commit to a second tier program this early without even checking out his other, likely better offers?. The only ones who are comfortable with that are the players who dont expect any better offers. That is why when you see an early Tech signing, it is often someone who chose Tech over schools such as UAB,, Middle Tennessee or Louisville.

UGASlobberknocker

April 24th, 2011
10:05 am

Finally the blogger “tide roll” states the truth. as he states above, and I quote:

“I’m a toothless, rasist, redneck bama fan.”

Hey TR, based on your daily idiotic ramblings, we already knew that..why dont you go get your cousin/wife to cook up some possum for breakfast and quit polluting the blog with your ignorance.We who dont live in the third world of Alabama would prefer not to have to read your brainless crap.

GTDog

April 24th, 2011
10:19 am

This is too funny. I’m carried back to early January, when some of the same names on here complaining now were predicting UGA wouldn’t even be able to get enough warm bodies to fill the recruiting ledger.

We’ve got three categories on here: (1) Real Bulldog fans, (2) Trolls, who get off on pretending they’re someone they’re not, and (3) Drama queens…

dawggone

April 24th, 2011
10:30 am

were uga and we still suck

tony

April 24th, 2011
10:48 am

dawg fan fb
April 24th, 2011
9:36 am

“He consistently has high ranked recruiting classes . You cant be perfect every year . hell , texas won 4 games this past year and you dont hear all of this crap about Mack Brown.”

Sir, that’s my point……he gets the recruits but where are the championships. To Mack Brown’s credit, he at least won 1 championship since he been at Texas, so he should get a pass for having 1 bad season(5-7). We now live in an era where you have to spend big money to get quality coaches especially playing in the SEC. Had Mr.Richt done that from day 1 I believe he would of won at least 1 championship by now. He has 2 more years to match the amount of years that M.Brown had at TX. I know our defense is going to be good this season but I’m still not sold on M.Bobo and his offensive strategy.

Dawg4ever

April 24th, 2011
10:55 am

DawgFanFb, Richt has done nothing but win? Where have you been the last 3 years? UGA has a .500 winning percentage against SEC competition the last 3 years. They haven’t won a big game since beating Arizona St on the road in 2008 the game before they really started this slide when Bama embarrassed Richt and his whole program. Richt has looked like a deer in the headlights on national t.v. for every big game since then. Maybe you aren’t a true fan, because it would take an idiot to not feel embarrassed watching this pathetic product that Richt and his coaches have put on the field. How aboout the last 2 years Tebow was at Florida, How about Ga.Tech running up and down the field in 2008, and again last year to the tune of 500 yards rushing. Or maybe you weren’t around when Lane Kiffen of all people beat Richt like a drum in Knoxville, and all your wonderful coach could say was”we had no answer to the q.b. bootleg” That sums up this coach and his pitiful coaching staff. A high school coach could adjust to the bootleg rollout, but not Richt and his wonderful staff. Hell, his Offensive Genius BOOBOO didn’t even get into the redzone the whole game. You can except this MEDIOCRE coach and his accomplishments before Saban, Meyer,Cheesestick, Mullen, and even Dooley got their programs back where they belong, but i don’t except this loser of a coach with all of his excuses. He lost this program after after the W.Virginia embarrassment, and he will never get it back. So have a great time watching UGA struggle again on offense, and lose again against major competition. Richt=Mediocrity, show me his record the past 5 years in big games moron.

Borndawgfan

April 24th, 2011
11:01 am

Dawg fan fb, what the hell are you talking about?? Dawg4ever has a valid legit point.. You must be happy with a HC that’s 2-8 against our biggest rival.. What was the main reason CMR was hired for???? TO BEAT UF!! BoBo should’ve been fired or demoted years ago too.. His(CMR) eye for talent is no longer on point.. CMR and BoBo had a freak vision of Richard Samual being a S.E.C running back.. REALLY?? Branden Smith playing on offense.?… REALLY? YOU MUST LIKE THE FACT THAT CMR IS ROBBING OUR PROGRAM.. He’s one of the highest paid HC’s in the country and what do we(UGA FANS) have to show for it?? 2 S.E.C championships out of 10 years.. NOT GOOD! You need to wake up and face reality buddy! Exit CMR Enter Bud Foster!

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
11:24 am

All we can do now just wait and see what happens with season good thing is schedule favors UGA we have about 8 home games recruits are just in wait see mode that is only can i say .

Herschel Talker

April 24th, 2011
11:25 am

Anyone who supports Richt at this point is clearly a braindead fool.

Bring in Kirby in 2012 and let’s turn some of these high school studs into winners unlike Richt who wastes more talent than even Ray Goof.

FIRE MARK RICHT

BYRDDAWG

April 24th, 2011
11:27 am

BTW bama fans……CMR is 3-1 vs your team!!!!! Laugh all you want to at that!!!! 9-1 vs tech & 4-1 vs auburn in the last 5 yrs!!!!! The ONLY team we can’t beat is the gaytors……just sayin

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
11:33 am

BRDYDAWG….. Nice stats…. How may National Championships did that get ya? Or do yall not play for those over there? Roll Tide …. #14 on the way

BYRDDAWG

April 24th, 2011
11:40 am

We should’ve played for it in ‘07 whem we finished # 2 but once again the buckeyes were given the chance to let LSU hand them their rears!!!! Blackout are you the guy that poisoned the trees @ Toomers Corner???

UGASlobberknocker, Braindead

April 24th, 2011
11:42 am

I always thought I was a pretty smart guy, but based on “Herschel Talker”’s standards I am braindead. Who knew? Just because I support Richt? I am not happy with the way things are now, but Richt has had too much success to dump him with a 96-34 record and 2 SEc championships and I dont care what years he won them in.To be screaming for Richts head after last year is a very short sighted viewpoint. And who says Kirby is anything special or would even come here? He seems OK and has Ga ties but so what? Saban is 90% of the reason for Kirbys success.

IMO Richt has responded positively to the bad season in many ways, not the least of which is the good recruiting class. If we suck this year, my support may change..but I dont expect that to happen..so in the meantime, HT, I guess Im just Braindead Slobberknocker.

GT

April 24th, 2011
11:48 am

There’s probably not much one-on-one time with the coaches during the spring game. After all, the coaches are coaching, not standing on the sidelines chatting with recruits.

tater tot

April 24th, 2011
11:51 am

HAPPY EASTER !!

Three stupid guys just died and are at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter tells them that they can enter the gates if they can answer one simple question.

St. Peter asks the first man, “WHAT IS EASTER?” The man replies, “Oh, that’s easy, it’s the holiday in November when everybody gets together, eats turkey, and is thankful…”

“WRONG,” replies St. Peter, and proceeds to ask the second man the same question, “WHAT IS EASTER?”

The second man replies, “No, Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree, exchange presents, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.”

St. Peter looks at the second man, shakes his head in disgust, looks at the third man and asks, “WHAT IS EASTER?”

The third man smiles and looks St. Pete in the eye.

“I know what Easter is. Easter is the Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper and He was later deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. The Romans took Him to be crucified and was stabbed in the side, made Him wear a crown of thorns, and He was hung on a cross. He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large boulder. Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out, and if He sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter.”

Whats a hommer?

April 24th, 2011
11:53 am

Is that

1/a Hummer’s mama? or is it that

2/”Blackoutanyone” is an idiotic moron who can’t spell.

I am always irritated when people feel the need to comment on college sports when they cant even spell diploma, much less have one from somewhere. The closest “Blackoutanyone” has been to college was a free back adjustment over at Life Chiropractic College

pls “Blackout” keep your comments at the level of your education…junior high football.

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
11:57 am

Man Im hungry..anyone got some possum or squirrel or duz I has to go shoot some? I hope not, Im tired. It takes a lot of energy being the official Tide spokesperson. Not a lick of sense is needed, but i do have to eat.

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

Birdydawg…. U got killed by UT, beat at home by USCe and barely beat a 5 loss Bama team in overtime. Not the resume of a National Champion sorry. I did NOT participate in the tree poisoning. Ive heard that the poster bigtime may have been involved though. Was that u that set the tree on fire after the UGA vs Aubarn game? Roll Tide

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
12:04 pm

I guess we miss Chip Towers he is covering UGA now .

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:08 pm

Children… Are there not Easter eggs to hunt? Anyone who take on another’s screen name is lame.. really dude do something original. Anyone who spell checks posts on a recruiting blog… Lol just sad. Get a life.

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
12:09 pm

The good thing for UGA we have a lot of home games that might help with recruiting some what everyone think about Gators CB Janoris Jenkins arrested 3 times and he still on the team .

Hoopster

April 24th, 2011
12:09 pm

“I guess we miss Chip Towers he is covering UGA now.” Are you kidding? He’s been comvering UGA for the last 4 years under the guise of a Recruiting Blog.

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

Signing off now. Im going to a family reunion now…looking for dates..

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
12:15 pm

Hoopster get over your self you don’t have to be a jerk about it .

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:15 pm

lol that’s better. Now if your coach would just demand improvement like that your team might win a few games.

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

Yea its Easter we should not let this blog ruin the holiday Happy Easter every one i am out .

Saban

April 24th, 2011
12:19 pm

Wonder how many UGA`s will croak this year?

Seems the Boise State loss and the South Carolina beatdown will croak the first UGA. The loss to Coastal Carolina at homecoming will take another one out.

Of course the 38-0 loss to Tech will be tough too take, but Richt will proclaim he is recruiting another dream team since by then the current dream team will be in Clarke County Correctional.

Life is good in Athens. Another 4 win season.

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:21 pm

RRT…. as I’ve said in the past…. I expect UGA to play on SEC Champioship game this year. Richt will get an extension and UGA will finish top 5 in recruiting. Just have to be patient.

RRTDawgs

April 24th, 2011
12:27 pm

I hope so Blackout haters will keep bashing UGA can’t control them schedule is in our favor one bright spot .

Blackoutanyone?

April 24th, 2011
12:43 pm

RRT… u shouldn’t get upset with the UGA fans who expect more than what Richt has delivered to this point, especially the past few years. He is paid very well to produce and I think Richt would be the first to admit that he hasn’t gotten the job done. I think it’s a good thing for UGA fans to expect and demand more. The SEC East is down… and you guys get the Gamecocks at home. It’s now or never for Richt and I think he’ll coach with that in mind. Alot of people on here defend Richt with his overall record or as the poster above did comparing him to Mack Brown. Richt has zero national championships… and without a ring I don’t think you can put him in the untouchable category.

This sums it up

April 24th, 2011
12:58 pm

UGA football under CMR = GT basketball under CPH

The party’s over, but the head partier just won’t admit it.