Georgia Tech and UGA haven’t ruled out adding players to this year’s recruiting classes, although it seems more likely of a possibility with the Bulldogs.
Georgia Tech has a 17-member class after adding LB Beau Hankins on signing day. The Yellow Jackets also had a pair of longtime commitments switch to other schools a few days before signing day, leaving at least one scholarship available if the Yellow Jackets decide to make a late addition.
“We don’t have any plans to sign anyone else right now,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told the AJC on Wednesday. “That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t take a transfer if it would fit. Now some of that would happen after spring practice, I think. But we don’t have any set plans to sign anybody else.”
UGA has a 19-member class and expected to sign more, but missed on a few high-profile targets on signing day. Within the last week, the Bulldogs have evaluated OL transfer Max Garcia, who was granted his release from Maryland on Monday, and speedy junior college WR-DB Mario Alford.
“You never know if we’re finished this year; that’s my quote ‘You never know,’” Richt told the AJC.
UGA has had a couple of late surprises in recent years.
Nearly two months after signing day in 2009, UGA added a late signee with JC kicker Brandon Bogotay. In June of 2010, UGA hit the jackpot by landing USC transfer Jarvis Jones.
“If someone like a Jarvis Jones shows up and you have space, you try to get him,” Richt said. “Who knows what the future might bring? We’re not scouring the country. If something comes to our attention that we might want to move on, we might do that. But we’re not scouring the country for that type of thing. There’s always a chance something could happen but right now we’re really working hard and focusing hard on 2013 kids.”
UGA’s best chances of enlarging its 2012 class may have ended on signing day, which was a tumultuous experience for the Bulldogs. They went 2 for 9 on signing day on targeted prospects that either had yet to reveal their college choice or were heavily considering switching their commitment from another school to UGA.
DE Josh Dawson flipped from Vanderbilt, while LB Josh Harvey-Clemons committed to UGA on national TV but waited a day later to turn in his letter-of-intent. The biggest blow was OL Avery Young picking Auburn, while WR Cordarrelle Patterson opted for Tennessee and DT Dalvin Tomlinson put on an Alabama baseball cap. WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn) was wavering until he signed the paperwork, while OL Brandon Greene (Alabama), ATH Will Redmond (Mississippi State) and DE Kenderius Whitehead (NC State) were considered relative longshots.
UGA felt confident enough about having some kind of chance for all nine that it sent each scholarship papers to sign. We asked Richt: What if all nine had signed with UGA that day? Would the Bulldogs have had enough scholarships available to take them all in?
“I think we would’ve been all right with the space issue,” Richt said. “We’re not going to give out more [letters-of-intent] than we can handle. You kind of know certain things where you know you might have an outside shot of something happening, but I think we would’ve been fine.”
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