Will UGA and Georgia Tech sign a few more football recruits for 2012?

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 and Georgia Tech haven't ruled out adding another signee for 2012 (AJC photo)

UGA and Georgia Tech haven't ruled out adding another signee for 2012 (AJC photo)

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.

Which is more likely to sign another recruit for 2012?

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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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Well said

February 16th, 2012
5:29 am

Bryant-Saban Stadium

February 16th, 2012
5:35 am

I don’t see why any mother would send her son to Athens just so he can become a federal fugitive.

Richt may be a righteous man, but many of the players he recruits actually devolve into felonious animals under his stewardship.

If Tim Tebow had made the MISTAKE of going to Athens, even he would today be a drug-addicted, tattooed, nipple-pierced militant who uses profanity with illegitimate children and a criminal record.

Bryant-Saban Stadium

February 16th, 2012
5:39 am

Mark Richt may be a dismal failure of an SEC Head Football Coach, especially in comparison to Nick Saban and his accomplished resume, but Coach Richt is a CHAMPION Human Being.

(Coach Richt’s Players? Not so much.)

ROLL ! !

TIDE ! !

Crimson Crush

February 16th, 2012
5:42 am

It is fairly clear that the reason UGA is now in the position of putting out help wanted signs at the local rescue had nothing to do with the usual slacka** and lackadaisical attitude towards recruiting by Richt . No sireee.

The reason UGA is still trying to fill up last years class is because it is the “Christian” thing to do . Bomb every recruit you can with unsolicited LOIs … hope a few get sent back … if they don’t … let your zombie cult members blame it on God …

If by some weird chance the recruits ALL lose their minds and reply yes ? What would Richt do if the UGA program suddenly had to shift players around to make the straight jacket numbers work ? … let the same hypocrites blame it on Satan :-)

Crimson Crush

February 16th, 2012
5:45 am

LOL … just read the one about Tebow … that has to be 5150 in drag LOL ;-)

bsg3003

February 16th, 2012
5:59 am

Bryant, you are an idiot. There’s a difference between every single kid in the world. Some kids Just can’t handle being unsupervised in college. Some kids can’t even handle being unsupervised in high school. You say that tebow wouldn’t be as righteous if he went to uga, but on what basis could that be proved? It would have been likely that tebow and richt would have become even closer to each other, than the relationship between Meyer and Tebow. All kids are different it makes no sense to criticize a team for the mistakes of a few freshmen

Neutral

February 16th, 2012
6:47 am

Are you guys talking about the same Richt who has a winning record against Saban?

Neutral

February 16th, 2012
6:53 am

I asked a friend why so many Bama fans are on these blogs 1st thing in the morning……and then vanish the rest of the day. He said, “they are up early so they can be at the front of the unemployment lines”!!!! I guess that makes a lot of sense after reading their blogs.

TennesseeDawg

February 16th, 2012
7:00 am

There is not as many Bama fans posting as you’d think. Just a bunch of jealous Tech posers.

RHall

February 16th, 2012
7:01 am

Guys get Max Garcia (there is a need for OL) and get Mario Alford (always a need for speed) instead of spending a scholly on a 160 lb walk on!! We gave (8) schollies to walk on’s last when we could have used more depth in certain areas from past chances to give one to a potential player who could have produced for UGA!! I spoke w/ a Coach from Norcross yesterday and he said that Garcia is really 6′6″ and 305 lbs (not the 6′4″ 290 lbs as reported) w/ very long arms and a straight “A” student; what is UGA waiting on? Has the chance to get him (2) years ago but Coach Searles stated he wasn’t a top 15 tackle; where is Searles now? Go after him, CWF!!! Earn your pay and make up for the loss of Chester Brown, Will Adams, and Avery Young!!!

North Ga. Dawg.

February 16th, 2012
7:06 am

I guess the so-called Tide fans which have never steeped foot in Bryant-Deny Stadium and can’t re-call the names of the past 3 coaches at Alabama. (Bear Bryant is not one of them.)They seem to be jealous because we have not been put on N.C.A.A. probation like they have so many times .How many times has been ?Never mind camo hat and pants wearing Tide fans, go back to the trailer park and to your jobs at Wal-Mart..

JB

February 16th, 2012
7:28 am

These Bama posters were nowhere to be found between Stallings and Saban. Between losses, probations, vacated wins, Bama was on life support. They pop up and 2-3 good years, and they act like they never suffer fools. I love when they post on here all the accomplishments, but never mention all the jail time they’ve done.

Jimmy Crack

February 16th, 2012
7:28 am

Right off the bat it is TROLL TIDE!

You tide trolls need to find an LSU fan to “check” on.

Stay classy! Not!

Dap01

February 16th, 2012
7:41 am

I wish Alabama had a paper so that the trolls could go somewhere else. What a miserable existence they must have to be constantly worrying about a team from another state. If UGA was such a bad place they would not need to put so much energy into constantly sounding like a bad politician.

What a sad life each of them must have.

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TECHnician

February 16th, 2012
7:50 am

Michael, why did UGA have a “tumultous experience” by going “2 for 9 on signing day”? You wrote the piece on Derek Dooley the other day. And in that article, didn’t he say that coaches can expect to go 2 for 8 on signing day? So from his analysis, UGA came out about average with the last minute signees. Be careful, you’re homerism is sticking out!

North Ga. Dawg.

February 16th, 2012
8:10 am

If the tech mites are trolling on this blog who can blame them. On this blog we discuss the top conference in the country not the A.athletically C.challenged C.conference.

lucky21

February 16th, 2012
8:14 am

I hope the bama troll is not a tech fan because as a tech alum I despise bama

DawgsAlltheTime

February 16th, 2012
8:15 am

This “2 for 9″ scenario on signing day is a stretch, Mike, and it gets tiresome seeing those numbers. I view it as “1 for 2″ (getting Clemons, but not Avery”). And Dawson was a bonus when he flipped. So we were really “2 for 2″. Avery was the only one we realistically lost, but he was replaced by Dawson. All the others were long-shots and were never coming to Georgia. All in all, a darn good class for 2013. The argument for the last day being a big failure doesn’t hold water.

Vampire Bill

February 16th, 2012
8:15 am

I have to agree on the 2 for 9 thing. It’s baloney, Most of those were wishful thinking. Avery and Dalvin yes but the others were never really that close. IMHO

John

February 16th, 2012
8:26 am

Usually when I recognize a so-called Tide post I scroll right past it and don’t waste my time. One of my best friends is a Tide fan and is as humble as they come. These guys that post on our Georgia blogs for the large majority are either Tech fans disguising themselves as Tide fans or the outer fringe Bama fan that comes out only when Bama is on top. You wouldn’t see those fans during the years between Stallings and Saban, because they were more than likely rooting for another team, possibly even Georgia. The day that Saban leaves and Bama cycles down for a while, they will likely drift away again to the flavor of the month. So tip your hat for now and just ignore and move to posts that really matter.

Go Dawgs!!!

ugab

February 16th, 2012
8:27 am

Uga does not have good coaches that Mentor the players. MR used the christian man thing too much for recruiting. MR is going to tell players parents that he practices christianity to get them to come to the school. MR has to step it up another into another gear. It was a down year for Auburn, Fla, Tennessee etc this past season. Next season will be different. MR will lose his job next season.

RedandBlackDawg

February 16th, 2012
8:28 am

Dap01,

Alabama has some news papers I think. The problem is, since they quit publishing the sears catalog, they have to substitute so they have a way to clean themselves before they leave the out house.
Now, back to the subject of the article. I don’t think it matters much about the numbers between the two schools. It is the quality of the athletes recruited that is important.

RxDawg

February 16th, 2012
8:29 am

“UGA’s best chances of enlarging its 2012 class may have ended on signing day, which was a tumultuous experience for the Bulldogs.”

wth? Just stop typing… honestly stop.

DawginLex

February 16th, 2012
8:29 am

The first post on this blog has to be the dumbest thing I have ever read in my entire life.

DawginLex

February 16th, 2012
8:31 am

Obviously the “1st” post is the 1st with actual words of substance although in this case, that could be questioned.

ugab

February 16th, 2012
8:32 am

We are getting the recruits that Al and company don’t want for their program. Every year we get one 5 star recruit that is not needed. The dawgs needed 5 star OL all across the board. The dawgs needed 5 star DBs all across the board. It starts in the dam trenches in football. esp, the SEC

RxDawg

February 16th, 2012
8:32 am

This is the worst article I’ve read in a long time. Was it’s soul intent to jab at Georgia fans? You make it sound like we might not survive with this terrible (ranked #5 by some services) recruiting class we signed… or didn’t sign rather. What a waste… and to think the Bama fans actually think your some UGA homer HA!

Brent

February 16th, 2012
8:33 am

sec looks like they are trying this year to allow uga to be another school in the conference to make the nat champ game with that schedule. watch uga get the calls against sc and mizzou. other than those two teams, it’s cupcake city for their schedule. what a joke

Lars Taint

February 16th, 2012
8:46 am

Michael,
Did you ever admit to being wrong about the streak of top 10 recruiting classes for UGA?

The Grinch

February 16th, 2012
8:50 am

Wow, the first 4 posts (other than the one that said “1st”) are from Mulligan U fans. I suppose it’s NOT an urban legend, the self esteem of Mulligan U fans does come from the performance of the football team. How lonely your lives must have been during the 10-year swoon that preceded Saban. Your houndstooth wear probably collected a lot of dust during that timeframe. But do proceed with worshipping on your knees at the crotch of Saban and continue patronizing Krystal restaurants.

John

February 16th, 2012
8:51 am

The only guys that we sent LOIs that were going to above the chance of winning the lottery sending to UGA were Patterson, Avery Young, and Jaquay Williams. Brandon Greene was a wish list player that we would have made room in a heartbeat and we knew Will Redmond was practically sealed to MSU hoping for a last minute change of heart. Whitehead was competing for Josh Dawson’s spot, therefore not a miss. Tomlinson had basically broadcasted to the entire planet his love for the Tide several months ago so the only way we were getting him was if Bama ran out of ’ships. When does Bama ever run out of ’ships? We still got the two best (imo) defensive linemen from our state with Taylor, ESPN #53 in America and in everybody’s top 100, and Atkins, ESPN #119, an Under Armour All-American that played offensive guard at the all-star team due to versatility according to the game’s scouts. Two out of five was what we had on signing day and I really include Sheldon Dawson as he was a decision within 48 hours as well during the so called dead period. ( believe Tennessee must have found a loophole with Patterson somehow;it was reported he had nonpublicly committed to our coaches right before) Therefore, 3 out of 6 is pretty good indeed.

Go Dawgs!!!

The Grinch

February 16th, 2012
8:53 am

By the way, Carver, what was the batting average of other major colleges regarding switching recruit’s commitments on NSD?

John

February 16th, 2012
9:07 am

Needed db’s across the board? We signed the best db class in the nation arguably last year, granted Marshall and Sanders will have to earn their way back like Odell and Akeem Hebron did. In the meantime we did get Dawson to replace Boykin and have starters returning in every position including the nickle (Swann). I believe we will likely sign Alford as an athlete with him playing both sides of the ball like Branden Smith. Our linemen will be Theus, Beard, and Pyke and likely Garcia in the place of Young/Greene. The 2013 linemen look phenomenal and it is expected that we will probably have our ol commitments by the end of this summer. I understand we will likely sign 6 since we only got three (maybe 4) this year. Theus is arguably the #1 left tackle in the country, Beard is a beast and has three years of eligibility as a JUCO, and Pyke is a top lacrosse prospect in the nation along with a 4 star rating by 247 sports. Being from Baltimore private school he is under the radar with most recruiting services, but I think he’ll be a three year starter when all is said and done. I hope we get Garcia too. If so, that will eliminate the last need spot of our class.

Go Dawgs!!!

Big Crimson 75

February 16th, 2012
9:10 am

I’d stay away from those Lacrosse players!

BigTimeTechFan

February 16th, 2012
9:10 am

GT already picked up a transfer, Tim Byerly, QB who led Chattahoochee High School to a state championship in 2010 and one of the best players ever to play in the state. He will earn scholly so that will make 18.

BigTimeTechFan

February 16th, 2012
9:13 am

GT signed 6′5″ 295lb (lean) DT Adam Gotsis. No rated recruit in the nation. He will be a beast

bucket

February 16th, 2012
9:18 am

I think UGA will add a couple of players this Spring and Summer and they will have some early enrollees in January that count toward 2012 when all the dust settles. I also think that the UGA coaches will be able to load up in 2013 with a favorable schedule and no hot seat talk hanging over their head. Time will tell.

ADMan

February 16th, 2012
9:19 am

We’re sitting here in the office laughing at the posts made by Crimson Crush and Bryant-Denny Stadium….what a bunch of little boys they are.So self rightous,so full of sh_t, so inmature. You can tell that neither one of them have ever played competitive sports and make comments without knowing the true facts they claim to have knowledge of. Alabama is a cess pool of a state and always has been. They are 49th out of 50 states in education and graduation rates from high school so whats that tell you about the type of fans that support thier team. The Georgia students that attend Alabama do so because they couldn’t meet the academic requirements to get in Georgia.So keep patting yourself on the back and telling everyone how great you are…when you fall off your perch it will be fun to watch everyone kick you when your down and hear all the excuses you come up with.

Da Truth

February 16th, 2012
9:19 am

OK….Dog fans. You asked the question. Here is the answer. The reason there are so many Bama fans on this site….
1. We love college fottball and read as many articles as we can that pertains to our favorite team and it’s conference.
2. Alot of us live here in the state of GA and like to read the state rag,
3. We find the back and forth between the uneducated(on all sides) comical.

Da Truth

February 16th, 2012
9:22 am

ADboy- Do you really enjoy trying to slam an entire state and fan base? What makes you better than me? I live in your fine state….but I have seen things that even blind GA fans like you would not be proud of.

bucket

February 16th, 2012
9:22 am

Every time I read that “2 for 9″ line I laugh a little at the haters who try and suggest that MC is a UGA homer!

BIGame

February 16th, 2012
9:22 am

UGA – Where football recruits get real life lessons in Criminal Justice! Must be a popular program for the UGA football players…beating up girls, stealing money, etc…

Seems like the only Dream Team at UGA are Lawyers that get these guys out of any sentencing!

Gorilla Biscuit

February 16th, 2012
9:23 am

Bryant-Saban Stadium and Crimson Crush have funny-shaped heads.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

February 16th, 2012
9:24 am

Well well Richy is still trying to manage his roster? Heck isn’t not even August yet for the real culls to take place.

JB….Alabama took off from 1997 until 2006 just so you smaller schools could catch up but what did UGA do? Even the insects have a NC since you leg humpers as does BYU!!!! Say that again…BYU!!! I rest my case your Honor for there is not one fact to support UGA as a major college football power. Beating Hawaii might get you a great shirt but will not impress many other than little puppies from Athens.

The Truth

February 16th, 2012
9:24 am

Why does AL not suspend players when they fail a drug test?

Gorilla Biscuit

February 16th, 2012
9:25 am

fottball? Is that what it’s called in Alabama?

WHATEVER

February 16th, 2012
9:26 am

I despise UGA and always will but if you Bama idiots think SABAN is the way truth and the life you have lost your inbred minds. You all have been married to your sisters way too long. HIcks with no website blog to call your own so you have to troll the next state over.

Lunatics

The Truth

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

@Da Truth
The reason there are so many Bama fans on this site….

4. The Septic tank cleaning business is slow because it is overrun with AL graduates. The leading industry in the state of AL is competitive.

bucket

February 16th, 2012
9:30 am

@ Da Truth – I understand your outrage against some of the juvenile postings on here because I am sick of it, too. Some good-natured ribbing is always ok, but alot of the guys (or gals) on here go way over the line. I hate it when UGA “fans” do it and I hope you are equally outraged by the Alabama “fans” on here. This story has absolutely nothing to do with the Alabama football program, but juveniles like Crimson Crush and BS Stadium and others can always be depended on to make an irrelevant comment.