Mark Richt has seen a lot in his 10 seasons as UGA’s football coach.
He’s never had a recruiting moment like Friday night.
Four players committed at the same time at UGA’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp (This was a “package deal” unlike any other … four players from four different high schools, from three different states).
John Theus, a 5-star offensive lineman from Jacksonville, and a trio of 2013 recruits — Camden County QB Brice Ramsey, WR-DB Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., and RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla. — all huddled around Richt and pledged at the same time (and a fifth one committed later in the night).
Four? Maybe four on the same day. Maybe. But four at the same time? What?
Ramsey explained how it went down:
He said Theus was one of the first people he saw after reporting to UGA on Friday. ”Theus talked to me, and whispered that he was going to probably commit that night. We were sitting in the lobby, and I said ‘I can’t complain about that.’ Georgia has always been where I want to go. I told Theus ‘If you will commit, I will.’”
That conversation triggered a chain reaction for later in the evening.
Two down, two to go.
Ramsey helped close the deal with the other two. One of his best buddies is Terry. They became fast friends on the recruiting circuit. They are so tight that Terry traveled from his family’s residence in the Charleston, S.C., area to Camden County this summer to train with Ramsey. “Tramel stayed at my house. I’m at camp right now at West Georgia, or he would be at my house right now. We work out together.”
Ramsey and Terry have always talked about playing college ball together. However, that plan was in jeopardy, according to Ramsey. “Tramel is a Georgia fan. But he was going to commit to South Carolina on Friday. He’s from there and lives there. I had to change his mind because I wanted him to play with me at Georgia.”
Ever the recruiter, Ramsey had also been working on Henry on behalf of Georgia. Henry lives across the state line, but only 15 minutes away from Ramsey. They hang out sometimes, too. “Derrick had Florida on top. I told him ‘let’s get it done and let’s make a Dream Team.’ Derrick really liked what he saw at Dawg Night.”
Once the camp began, the foursome kept chatting among and encouraging each other throughout the evening. “We all decided that we were going to talk Coach Richt after the workout.”
What was Richt’s reaction? “He was astounded that all four of us wanted to commit right then and there. It was on the field. All four of us walked up to him and said we wanted to be Bulldogs. Coach Richt smiled, his eyebrows lifted, and he all gave us big hugs.”
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