Mike Bobo to the rescue for UGA

Mike Bobo reportedly played a pivotal role in reeling home UGA’s most highly-publicized recruit a day after signing day.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, the 5-star linebacker from Lowndes, committed to UGA in front of a national TV audience at 9 a.m. Wednesday but didn’t turn in his paperwork until around 24 hours later. The delay caused a brief heart attack among UGA fans.

Harvey-Clemons had to get the approval – and signature – of his grandfather, Woodrow Clemons, who is also his legal guardian. Both of Josh’s parents are deceased.

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Grandpa had nothing against UGA, the story goes, he just wanted Josh to go to Florida because of convenience and thought it would be a safer commute for everyone.  Grandpa liked FSU also but felt the two-lane roads to FSU weren’t as safe as the 100-mile drive on I-75 from Valdosta to Gainesville. Note: FSU is 80 miles away, and UGA is 250.

Before Harvey-Clemons turned in the letter-of-intent, he got some helpful advice from Bobo, the UGA offensive coordinator who is also the Bulldogs’ chief recruiter for South Georgia, according to a person close to the situation:

“Bobo told him UGA would not intervene between Josh and his grandfather, and told Josh his God should always be first in his life, followed by his family, and his school of choice third.  He reportedly told Josh hopefully he would choose the college he most wanted to attend, but he had to work that out with his Granddad, and that he and UGA would stand by him and respect whatever decision he made.”

Bobo’s actions may have helped UGA save face on a tumultuous 2-for-9 signing day. The Bulldogs flipped Tucker DE Josh Dawson from Vanderbilt, but watched on TV or live blogs as seven UGA targets holding scholarship papers put on baseball caps from other schools – OL Avery Young (Auburn), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), DE Kenderius Whitehead (NC State), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama), WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn), OL Brandon Greene (Alabama) and ATH Will Redmond (Mississippi State). Note: Williams, Dawson, Greene, Whitehead and Redmond were all committed to other schools before signing day but each were considering UGA strongly enough that the Bulldogs sent them letters-of-intent to sign. UGA’s coaches had face-to-face meetings with Williams, Dawson, Greene and White the week before signing day. Dawson ended up flipping to UGA while the others did not. RELATED: On Friday, three members of last year’s “Dream Team” recruiting class were dismissed from UGA for rules violations.

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261 comments Add your comment

shanahan

February 4th, 2012
6:28 am

First!!!! Great way to start the day…Goooooooo Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedandBlackDawg

February 4th, 2012
6:38 am

Seems like he handled that pretty well, and that may have been what turned it. Good job coach.

Wise Dawg

February 4th, 2012
6:39 am

Before everybody starts praising Mike Bobo, please remember this is the same genius who recruited Cam Newton as a TIGHT END … smh

Danny

February 4th, 2012
6:50 am

Please remember he is also a Inconsistent Offensive Coordinator. I was hoping to get a 5 Star Off Coord this year on signing day.

Thomas K

February 4th, 2012
6:51 am

I saw Coach Garner at the Varsity on Wednesday at the Varsity and dude was pissed. He ordered six chiliburgers, two orange frosties, and a value size onion rings.

2-9

February 4th, 2012
6:52 am

2-9 was the batting average for the big closing day (and one was a steal from Vandy) WOW INTERESTING. Now 3 from the Dream Team have been dismissed. Can that class still be called a dream team 3 are gone. How many more will be gone in the next 2-3 years due to issues other than football

Hunker

February 4th, 2012
6:55 am

Nice dig at the end of the article….Guess Bobo could not save face on 7/9 per Ice Cream boys Journal…Why not title it Bobo fails on 7….as per standard practices here.

DawgMan87

February 4th, 2012
6:55 am

Maybe all those guys were going to sign with UGA but when they looked down somebody STOLE the paperwork!

ChiDawg

February 4th, 2012
6:58 am

This had to be worst signing day ever. We left 10 schollies open, and lost 3 players on black Friday. It was a good class but horrible, horrible, horrible job of closing the deal by Richt & Co.

Paddy

February 4th, 2012
7:08 am

DawgMan87………is that rumor or fact? The three players kicked off the team stole $ from teammates? Say it ain’t so. Nothing worse than a thief. But to steal from your teammates, WOW! I thought CMR was solving these issues? No thugs and good character? Well back to the drawing board.

JB

February 4th, 2012
7:19 am

IF…………and I mean IF….we could ever get those 5,6,7 or 8 bluest of blue chip players to stay home…..4 classes say X 7 players per year =28 studs in Athens on top of what we now get…..Would put the SEC on notice and put us in the game. We can all dream. But we have got to get the program to a point were we are full and turning these guys away, not watching them go out of state. We ain’t there.

JB

February 4th, 2012
7:27 am

Bobo ought to be moved to full time recruiting cord…..and richt needs to hire some new ” blood” and juice up our offense…..We have the horsepower, what we need is some jet fuel. These moves would change UGA football overnight.

St. Bernard

February 4th, 2012
7:28 am

Let’s be realistic. With the exception of the two Alabama recruits, these guys probably saw that the quickest and easiest way for them to get playing time was to go to the school they chose. We’ve got a fleet of young talented WRs, who an incoming WR would have to compete with. Young saw that we had just signed the best OT in his own state, which would mean he would probably be playing on the right side of the line instead of the left his entire career.

cybercody

February 4th, 2012
7:32 am

The big reason Georgia losses games to good teems is they let up when they think they are ahead. If you coach like Spurrier did at Fl. You score as much as you can aginst everybody you play you then do not know how to let up. I know people think embarrassing a lesser teem is bad but when you put in your second teem in you still have to try running your big plays instead of running three runs up the middle then punt. These guys are your future. They need to feel he game. They need to know that they can play too. Instead they call plays that run time off and produce nothing. That sticks in one mind when they have a big game” hay it’s getting late in the game and we haven’t had our break.

Joey

February 4th, 2012
7:32 am

JB, it seems like Grantham IS getting the studs for the D. At least 4 blue chippers, including the top 2 in the state (JHC, Jenkins).

The offense got a couple, also, but what is worrisome to me is the number of scholarships we keep having unused – except the ones we give to walk-ons.

Unbelievable to me that we can’t get a full class. Lack of depth (along with idiotically conservative play calling with small leads, and mistake-prone QB) is what keeps us losing to good teams. We had the lead in every loss last season.

It's About Time

February 4th, 2012
7:37 am

Didn’t lose seven, three was already committed to other schools.

DawgMI

February 4th, 2012
7:40 am

“It’s About Time” spin it however you want. Our coaches sent LOIs to all nine and only two signed. And like the other guy said, our “steal” was from Vanderbilt. It was a depressing signing day for me … Heck yes to a new recruiting coordinator. I’d pick Lilly or Bobo.

Destin Dawg

February 4th, 2012
7:41 am

yes to a new O.C… Bo Bo for QB.s coach and recruiting coordinator..

Joey

February 4th, 2012
7:41 am

cybercody, a leopard can’t change its spots. Richt thinks his way is the best way, he believes in his system and Bobo. McGarity and Co has validated that with the new contract, and McGarity has said in an interview that he would never mandate staff changes to a head coach.

This, “get a lead, and sit on it” offense is here to stay.

slydog

February 4th, 2012
7:53 am

Just how the heck does this article demonstrate that BoBo saved the day? So by BoBo not being pushy, he may have saved the day? I think not. It’s simple really. Woodrow embarrassed the family in public and they put pressure on him to concede. Woodrow went prayed, went to sleep, and did not receive any new visions from God, he awakened, and signed the damn paper. Simple as that.

” McGarity and Co has validated that with the new contract,..”

So, how does a 3 year extension, which hasn’t been signed yet (sending an implied message), validate that McGarity believes Richt’s way is the right way? Richt has coached at this school for 11 seasons. A 5 year extension would reflect validation. By giving a 3 year extension, which includes not one raise BTW, it’s just enough not tie his hands and not to give credence to “hot seat” talk. In this current climate, 10-3 and 10-4 seasons are not going to cut it, especially when you lose all of the games to the best teams on your schedule. Anyway, BoBo is running Richt’s system, so there will be no changes as far as scheme, but maybe, just maybe, the one who is calling plays might change. Clearly, Richt was calling plays more last year. It was apparent.

Beast from the East

February 4th, 2012
8:04 am

Even this Gator is glad it worked out the way it did. The young man wanted to go to UGA and that’s where he ended up. Gramps did nothing more than cause undue stress in what was already a tough decision for his grandson. Glad it all worked out for him in the end.

mike

February 4th, 2012
8:21 am

Wise Dawg

February 4th, 2012
6:39 am
Before everybody starts praising Mike Bobo, please remember this is the same genius who recruited Cam Newton as a TIGHT END … smh

Hey Wisedawg, Bobo also is the one who recruited your mother as a tight end and boy does she have one.

Bulldog Proud

February 4th, 2012
8:24 am

Slydog, you need to adhere to the “Thumper” rule, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”

It's About Time

February 4th, 2012
8:28 am

Next year Ga. will be ranked somewhere in the top 10,they have several great players coming in. 2013’s talent in Ga. suppose to be the best in years and Ga. could sign as many as 28 players,we already have 3 great players committed that seam to be recruiting hard to make this one of Ga. best recruiting classes they have ever had,the future is very bright if Bobo developes into a better coach.

KeepDreaming

February 4th, 2012
8:30 am

I…sense…the…media…is…trying…to….flip…this….story….

Kydawg

February 4th, 2012
8:39 am

Agree with Destin…Bobo to do QB’s and recruiting coordinator; Coach O can do all the LB’s; CTG cam do the front 3 like in Dallas. (just a thought)

OC_Dawg

February 4th, 2012
8:43 am

Woodrow thought it would be a safer commute to Gainesville? Maybe until he got inside the city limits.

BobDawg

February 4th, 2012
8:52 am

The way I’m looking at this is we will have a monster class in 2013 with Brice Ramsey leading the parade. How many can we get to enroll in January will be huge, something like 7-10 kids possible???

BullDawg

February 4th, 2012
8:54 am

This just in, Alabama missed out on 27 recruits. They all signed with Auburn. It does not get any dumber than that!

SatchelBuzz

February 4th, 2012
8:55 am

Sure did enjoy watching Ben Jones getting blew up in the Senior Bowl. Dude from Michigan owned him. Wish he’d played more.

THWG!!!

jeffrey d

February 4th, 2012
9:03 am

Sure did enjoy watching Ben Jones getting blew up in the Senior Bowl. Dude from Michigan owned him. Wish he’d played more.

He did just fine against Tech for a few years

SouthGaBrave

February 4th, 2012
9:10 am

I guess we missed all those Tech players in the Senior Bowl, didn’t we? Not too many 270 lb offensive tackles are going to get a look from the NFL scouts.

SickandTired

February 4th, 2012
9:18 am

God’s will was done. Also the three players that were kicked off the team for stealing from their own showed God’s will in signing with UGA. So what’s the point. Everything is for a reason. It appears all those reasons are for Georgia to remain an underachieving program that has no rudder.

Contractor

February 4th, 2012
9:20 am

I’m so sick and tired of the Cameron Newton to Tight End BS. Who cares what he was recruited for and what he did. The guy had character issues till he became a Junior, IE getting kicked out of Florida for pulling a Nick Marshall and Sanford Seay. It’s over, he’s gone, and so should the lame comments about him and the tight end recruitment of him. Get a life and a better argument.

On better news, glad Harvey-Clemons is with us and can’t wait to see what he’s got. Go Dawgs!

bravos0516

February 4th, 2012
9:21 am

boboDawg I heard 6 but not 100% sure. Ramsey is a great player but I hope it’s Reuben Foster leading the way for next year’s class.

Dawginit.

February 4th, 2012
9:23 am

“On Friday, three members of last year’s “Dream Team” recruiting class were dismissed from UGA for rules violations.”

Yellow journalism at it’s best. What does this have to do with the article?

1eyedJack

February 4th, 2012
9:25 am

“Sure did enjoy watching Ben Jones getting blew up in the Senior Bowl. Dude from Michigan owned him.”

Not what I read. The article I read “the guy from Michigan” was saying Ben Jones was the best he’d faced all year.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 4th, 2012
9:30 am

Thomas K – your lying about Garner being at the Varsity and he doesn’t like onion rings.

Bird

February 4th, 2012
9:41 am

You guys are all idiots. You can’t tell for 3 years if a class is good. Relax and grow up.

Burt Macklin

February 4th, 2012
9:46 am

Wow. The positive tone of this article really takes a nose dive in the last paragraph.

In other news, literally thousands of other college prospects spurned, thumbed their nose, and gave UGA the finger by choosing schools other than UGA this past Wednesday. In response UGA is shutting down the football team immediately.

Bulldog maniac

February 4th, 2012
9:49 am

2-9……..you are crazy”………..Georgia fans would much rather have players like that “weeded out” of our program. I would rather have a team with great players who are good people than five star thugs!

Just need some

February 4th, 2012
9:50 am

Somebody didn’t get laid last night….Wow. Talk about a foul tone….

Dawg Haus

February 4th, 2012
9:55 am

Way to go, CMB!

1eyedJack

February 4th, 2012
9:55 am

“Somebody didn’t get laid last night….Wow. Talk about a foul tone….”

I’m working on getting laid tonight. That would be AWESOME. ;)

Lakedawg

February 4th, 2012
9:56 am

Bobo, Richt, and Grantham about as good recruiters as around.

Dawgs had 22 schollys to give and signed 19. That would have left 3 for early enrollees. Now with 3 knuckleheads getting dismissed, Dawgs could give up to 6 early plus how many seniors or juniors leave next year, as of right now 19-20.

Should be able to sign full boat in2013.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
9:57 am

As usual with the Dawgs,, super nice coaches. Problem is, when things go wrong it was because God said it wasn’t their time…you guys keep waiting on Richt and Bobo and they keep waiting on God to do it for them. Same ole story every year…I can appreciate the coaches faith but Richt and company for years have been getting outworked and out coached. You guys have had top ten recruiting classes for 10 years and yet no hardware or big game wins (Hawaii?)…C.’mon, this has to fall on Richt’s lack of coaching ability not on God’s will…..

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
9:58 am

The grandpa is 51 years old, dirving for 3-4 more years won’t be an issue for even a 60 year old. If he were 80, I’d understand, but 51 years old?

And if it’s about distance, FSU is closer than Florida, and 51 year old GrandPa wanted Clemons to go to Gaineville?

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
10:02 am

Avery Young was the only guy out of the 7 we had a real shot at, so no one expected us to land more than Young. We tried, but the 7 were long shots, outside of Young, which was about a 50/50 shot.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

February 4th, 2012
10:04 am

Jawjaw HS football is overrated and has been for 50 years. There is no doubt you have talent but no way is that talent close to what is reported. 5*’s are on every street corner in Jawjaw based on the rankings and they don’t ever reach that level on the field. Hell, look at your trophy case for the last 60 years. No way it could be the coaching…….LOL….wait…The Old Ball Coach has something to add…do what Steve

KB

February 4th, 2012
10:04 am

I hate it for the kids that got kicked off blowing a great opportunity many never receive. But there is always attrition of some sort at every program. One reason for not filling up the classes is Georgia will not oversign or over commit and pull the type stuff Saban does last minute with these kids.