DB Rico McWilliams proud to be South Carolina Gamecock after being ignored by local schools

The next few days are pretty big for Rico McWilliams, one of Georgia’s top college football prospects at defensive back:

Rico McWilliams is one of 7 Georgia players committed to South Carolina

Rico McWilliams is one of 7 Georgia players committed to South Carolina

Neither UGA nor Georgia Tech were one of McWilliams’ 25 scholarship offers, which included Nebraska, Arkansas, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

“I’m at a Georgia high school, so it kind of bothered me at first that I didn’t get recruited by Georgia or Georgia Tech,” McWilliams told the AJC. “But I look at it like everything happens for a reason. Maybe I didn’t do enough last year for them to recruit me earlier. But I had a good junior season, so I don’t really why.

“I think they are going wish they did recruit me. I’m going to make every school that didn’t recruit me wish that they would have.”

Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said the recruiting approach by UGA and Georgia Tech is nothing new at the Clayton County school. “I think Rico could start at either school right now. He’s a tall and rangy DB that has 4.4 speed and lots of explosiveness.”

“At Lovejoy, we’ve never been recruited early by Georgia or Georgia Tech ever, in the history since I’ve been at the school. We’ve had 159 kids sign to play college football since I’ve been here. One ended up at UGA, Jeremy Lomax. One ended up at Georgia Tech, Tashard Choice. Now a lot of them have been recruited by Georgia and Georgia Tech by the end of the recruiting process, but we seem to be late on the list.”

Does it bother the coach? “No, not at all. I’m happy to see the 159 go on and play college football anywhere,” Hughes said. “I had three play at Auburn and they all got national championship rings. I had two play at Tennessee and start side-by-side for a couple of years on the offense line. It all worked out.”

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Back to McWilliams: He talks to South Carolina’s coaches twice per week and has high expectations for Saturday’s game, “We’ve got to beat them Dawgs. Did you see South Carolina come back and beat East Carolina? I think the Gamecocks are going to win by two touchdowns on Saturday.”

Rico has a 3.26 GPA and plans to study Business or Education. He wants to coach high school or college football after playing it.

  • Note: Lovejoy also has one of the state’s top juniors, tight end AJ Carter. The 6-foot-6 Carter has early offers from Michigan State and Virginia.

RELATED: Georgia’s “hottest 2012 prospect,” Lassiter High School’s Kene Orjioke, picked up his fourth scholarship  in around a week when North Carolina offered on Wednesday. The 6-4 Orjioke plays safety and outside linebacker and transferred from California over the summer.

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41 comments Add your comment

Dawg-a-licious

September 8th, 2011
11:19 am

Probably 7th by now!

Dawg-a-licious

September 8th, 2011
11:19 am

Dawg-a-licious

September 8th, 2011
11:20 am

Sure he’s 170?
Sounds like a good kid. Go play and love the Cocks but don’t hate on the Dawgs. Can’t recruit everyone!

tide roll

September 8th, 2011
11:21 am

Of course, Lovejoy’s coach is talking about Chris Scott, a 3-year starter at Offensive Tackle for the Vols,and now in his 2nd year with the Steelers. It simply never ends with Richt/Bobo does it? Wait till you see the “side by side” Georgia boys starting at right guard and right tackle for South Carolina on Saturday. 6′5″ 345lb. OT Rokevious Watkins from Creekside, and 6′3″ 300 lb.OG Marcus Campbell. watkins was personally responsible for Carolina’s beat down of Uga last year. Losing more and more in-state offensive lineman is coming back to haunt Richt. And in a BIG (pun intended) way. Watkins and Campbell remind me of our two Georgians who played side by side at OG and OT for our National Championship team, The one that defeated Texas in the Rose Bowl: James Carpenter and Chance Warmack. Carpenter is from Milledgeville and like Chris Scott, was an NFL 1st round draft pick. Warmack is a 3 year starter for us, and attended Westlake High, Cam Newton’s high school. Richt is at it yet again this year. Under Armour All-American OT Brandon Greene from Cedar Grove has already committed to BAMA, and OG Joe Harris, from Lithonia, is headed to South Carolina. Incredible isn’t it !? Like Moths to a flame, Richt/Bobo keep making the same mistakes, over and over. Good riddace to both. Get someone in here that will keep talent of this caliber AT HOME, and start winning.

STATEment

September 8th, 2011
11:30 am

He could have come to state, he’d be 1-0 right now and played for Bill Curry!!

South GA Dawg

September 8th, 2011
11:32 am

UGA is just loaded in that position. Good luck to the kid and I am glad to hear that he wanted to stay in state.

DawginLex

September 8th, 2011
11:34 am

He and his coach both need to chill out and realize that not all the kids in the state can go to UGA or Tech.

good lord

Bob Loblaw

September 8th, 2011
11:40 am

If only Tech and UGA could offer 150 kids every year. Get over yourself, coach and McWilliams. Perhaps you should be humble?

GT Insider

September 8th, 2011
11:48 am

I also think USCe will beat UGA by at least 2 TD’s.

nash

September 8th, 2011
11:55 am

I am happy for this young man because he will receive a quality education free of charge and, that is something that few people get. I wish him the best of luck

Beast from the East

September 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

Sounds a little bitter about the whole ordeal doesn’t he? Just go out and prove them wrong ON THE FIELD…….not in the newspapers. No one ever won a game of football with talk.
Best of luck, young man!

TRACK STAR

September 8th, 2011
12:43 pm

Hey Michael Carvell is # 1 RB from NC still coming to UGA vs SC game this weekend?

dawgman

September 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

@tide roll

toolbag

ATL Sports Fan

September 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

Tide Roll, are you aware that Brandon Greene will be on campus as a visiting recruit for this game? Didn’t think so!

tide roll

September 8th, 2011
2:32 pm

ATL Sports Fan. That’s good news.(Too bad Bobo chose Brice Ramsey over Greene’s teammate, Jonathan McCrary, only the best QB in the State.) As long as Richt and bobo continue to ignore these deserving offensive lineman,and instead go out of state to Maryland to sign some kid from a boys Catholic school (total enrollment K-12 – 600!), high school coaches, administrators and parents,in this state, who made Richt what he is today, should “RISE UP” and refuse to send their athletes to Georgia. Last I heard, it was the UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, not the University of RICHT/BOBO. It’s a STATE SCHOOL and these kids, like Brandon Greene, Joe Harris, Chance Warmack, JuWuan James, Ed Christian, and the list goes on and on, are being denied the opportunity to represent and, BENEFIT FROM, playing for their state school. It’s downright shameful.

Charlie Hayes

September 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

Dan Mullen or Kirby Smart? Who does McGarity have his eye on for the job? McGarity and Mullen have a history together. Mullen dialed up the O at UF to win two (2) Nat Champs. Smart is probably the strongest 3-4 D coach (outside of Saban) in college football. Thus, if you want a good HC that is D minded then Smart is a smart (pun intended) decision. If you want a good HC that is O minded (and proved at Utah, UF and now at Miss St that he can win) then Mullen is the guy. Who will it be?

RxDawg

September 8th, 2011
2:41 pm

Would he care for some cheese with all that whine?

RxDawg

September 8th, 2011
2:43 pm

“I also think USCe will beat UGA by at least 2 TD’s.”

GT Insider, so does about 99% of the UGA fan’s :/

RxDawg

September 8th, 2011
2:44 pm

Mullen >>> Smart

navy92

September 8th, 2011
3:20 pm

I stopped reading when the coach said he could be starting for UGA right now. Good luck at USCe…….

Bob Loblaw

September 8th, 2011
3:36 pm

tide roll

It’s pretty sad that you hide behind your name. We all know you are a Tech fan. Why are you so obsessed with UGA, anyway? Yall have a big game this week against MTSU, right? Don’t sleep on those guys. Oh yeah, GET A LIFE!

tide roll

September 8th, 2011
3:54 pm

Don’t you see. Greg McGarity, Georgia’s new AD, and a Uga graduate from the early 1970(s) (ugh)has this plan. Sign OL(s) like David Andrews (Wesleyan Private school), Watts Dantzler (Father played at Uga}, the Theus brothers (Bolles Academy, Jacksonvile,( FLORIDA), the Long Brothers ( Briaircrest Christian Academy, Memphis (TENNESSEE.), Kolton Houston/Dallas Lee (Buford), Zach Dabell (Tarpon Springs, (FLORIDA). Greg Pyke (The Latin Boys Private School, (MARYLAND). Then McGarity appoints his good buddy from Uga, Joe Tershinski,(another 1970(s) grad.-ugh) stength and conditioning director, Tereshinki’s job is to “bulk ‘em up” thus creating some Master offensive line that McGarity and uga fans just like him would be thrilled about. All the while passing over in state kids like James Carpenter (Alabama and NFL 1st rounder), Jason Peacock (starting left tackle -Arkansas), A.J, Hawkins MLK (starting center Ole Miss) .Ed Christian, Lowndes (Auburn), Rokevious Watkins Cedar Grove (South Carolina), JuWuan James N. Gwinnett (Tennessee) Joe Harris,Lithonia (S. Carolina),Brandon Greene (Cedar Grove) and on and on. All of them great in-state athletes that played in a much more compettive region than those signed or committed by Uga. It just doesn’t make sense. OR DOES IT? In-state high school coaches need to protest this, and demand an explanation and an apology from Richt. These kids deserve a chance to perform for their home state school.

Lakedawg

September 8th, 2011
4:09 pm

Tide Roll you are a complete idiot. The Dawgs offered at least half the kids you mentioned, can’t force them to attend. Brown, Theus, and Pyke plus one more will make for an excellent OL recruiting year.

realitycheck

September 8th, 2011
6:14 pm

No education is free of charge . You pay for anything of quality that you receive. I really don’t understand how people tend to believe that high quality athlete receive their education free. University learning is no picnic especially after 5 a.m. workout session, 7 a.m. skull sessions, showers and 20 minute walks back to campus to make it to class before 9 a.m… No nothing is free. These kids work for these scholarships and make the universities a lot of money while doing so.. I applaud the kid for going to USC… Ga. misses out on a lot of good athletes but they can only go with a select few….

How many on here believe Tide Roll

September 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

When he writes things like the following?

That Greg McGarity decides who UGA recruits on the offensive line?

Of course, you also wrote that Saban did not recruit Cam out of Juco because he figured he was a lock to UGA, and then regretted it when he discovered UGA offered him as a tight end (out of Junior College).

20-20 hindsight is another staple of tide roll. This state has at least 175 kids a year signing D-1. UGA can only sign a few. It is very easy to look back 3-4 years at the 500-600 players that went elsewhere, and find a handful that prospered. That is supposed to impress us?

Valdosta Cat

September 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

Two words……..who cares?

Ramblin Man

September 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

Sounds funny to me that only 2 out of 159 signed with a state school. Could the coach have possibly done something to cause GT and UGA to go other places first?

Dewayne

September 8th, 2011
8:48 pm

He kinda sounds like a “ME” person with a chip on his shoulder. Dude, get over it your getting a free education so good luck and get over yourself!!!!

5150 UOAD

September 9th, 2011
12:01 am

No team can get them all. I am very happy he got a RIDE at USC. parents and family don’t have a far ride to see him play. He just needs to worry about studying first the football will come.

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SC fan here

September 9th, 2011
12:10 am

vegas line is SC by 2.5

and I have to agree, despite the fanfare around the returning skill players for SC, this game is ALWAYS within 1, if not 2 scores. UGA was roundly defeated by Boise, I think that UGA rebounds nicely here. Dawgs are too proud to turn in 2 mediocre performances in a row

in the end, however, the loss of ogletree and the lack of depth in the secondary gives my chickens the edge – 31 to 28. Murray has a good game, but Crowell misses more blitzing LB’s which gets Murray sacked a couple of times.

Paddy

September 9th, 2011
5:49 am

tide role…..new material pls. Boring!

Dr. Phil

September 9th, 2011
7:56 am

Assuming that the talent level is similar for Georgia and SC, the best coached team will win as it did in the Boise State game.

used2badawg

September 9th, 2011
3:22 pm

Roll Tide is dead on point! Please don’t forget to throw good ol DL COACH RODNEY GARDNER in the mix. After all he’s the one who’s responsible for recruiting most of Georgia’s in state talent. All of our GA Players are doing excellent at other Universities around the country! Maybe Smart will do a better job. Cam Newton at TE?, Eric Berry? Darrius Walker? The kid at FLA.ST from Lowdes Co.? LMAO!!!

Dewayne

September 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

You people bore me with your ignorance. UGA didn’t need Cam at QB at that time so get over the TE thing geez. Yes, he won a national title and Stafford didn’t. Eric Berry was TN from the start so get over that. Greg Reid wanted to stay near home so he didn’t chose to go to UGA. Yeah usually some kids from GA do good at other schools what’s your point? Thousands of players so yeah some will do good then people like you will come back and say damn UGA messed up when they didn’t recruit this kid. Get some football sense dude!!!

Gamecockrock

September 9th, 2011
7:42 pm

Welcome to the family, Rico. See you next year!

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