“Are you finished with recruiting?”
When we asked UGA’s Mark Richt that question recently, we were actually talking about the Class of 2012 – if he planned any late additions after signing only 19 earlier this month.
Richt, however, took it to mean the Class of 2013, which would be high school juniors.
“We’re always recruiting, brother,” Richt told the AJC.
“We’re always recruiting. As a matter of fact, I’ll tell you, when signing day hits, you think you’re going to get a break from it. But you really don’t. It intensifies for the next year. There are so many things happening for us right now for 2013. It’s a very, very busy time for us right now.”
Mark Richt made sure it was heard loud and clear this week, saying "UGA will sign another RB for 2013" to Norcross RB Alvin Kamara (AP)
UGA will entertain some of the state’s top juniors this weekend — one of several “Junior Day’s” coming up for the Bulldogs:
It’s a group that’s small on size, but big on star power.
The biggest name who told the AJC he’ll be there is Troup LB Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports.com. Foster is committed to Alabama but still openly flirting with UGA.
Some of the others expected:
- WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C. He committed to UGA last summer but later backed off, yet still has the Bulldogs among his leaders of South Carolina, Clemson and Florida. UGA’s biggest advantage with Terry is that he is best buddies with Camden County QB Brice Ramsey, who is committed to UGA. Terry lived with Ramsey for a few weeks last summer so they could train together.
- DB Shaq Wiggins of Sandy Creek High School. He committed to UGA last Friday, but that hasn’t made the competition even blink. Within the last week, Wiggins has been offered by Vanderbilt, Clemson and South Carolina, as if the commitment to the Bulldogs never happened. Oh well, that’s just recruiting these days. However, what has caused a wave of concern among UGA fans is that Wiggins made a surprise visit to Alabama on Thursday. It was supposed to be clandestine trip but one of his teammates blew the cover by tweeting the travel plans. You’ve got to love Social Media. Wiggins has assured UGA fans that he’s committed to the Bulldogs.
- S Tray Matthews of Newnan High School. This big-time playmaker committed to UGA over Alabama last summer. Matthews has been one of UGA’s biggest recruiters, vowing to do his best to convince pal Reuben Foster to join him in Athens. However, Matthews threw everybody a curveball this week when he said that his father wanted him to check out Alabama. Stay tuned.
- RB Alvin Kamara of Norcross High School. You’re a pretty big deal if Nick Saban mails you 105 recruiting letters in one day. UGA fans actually rejoiced about that because in Alvin’s photo with the bouquet of letters, he just so happened to be wearing shorts with the UGA logo. Kamara claims it was just a coincidence. One other note: Kamara said he talked with Mark Richt and assistant Bryan McClendon on Thursday after another Georgia RB said he tried to commit to the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago but was turned down because he was told UGA only planned to sign one RB for 2013 – Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla. – who has already committed to UGA. It was ring, ring to Kamara, who said, “Coach Richt just wanted to make it clear that they offered me at running back, they are going to sign another running back in this class, and he wants it to be me.” Kamara is extremely important to UGA after another in-state RB target, Tyren Jones, committed to Alabama over the Bulldogs and Clemson this week. What about Derrick Henry’s pledge to UGA? Will that affect Kamara’s consideration of the Bulldogs? “Not at all. I’m sure he’s a good player and all. I feel confident about my abilities, too. If I went to Georgia, that would be good thing to have someone like him there, too. I like competition because it brings out the best in everyone.”
Now back to our original question for Richt: “Are you finished?” This time, we’re talking about the 2012 kids.
- Junior college WR-DB Mario Alford will take an official visit to UGA this weekend and will commit on the spot if offered a scholarship, according to ESPN’s Radi Nabulsi. Alford would be eligible to play next season.
- There’s also Maryland OL transfer Max Garcia, who has offers from Florida, UGA, Auburn and Ole Miss, among others. The former Norcross High School standout was also granted permission to transfer to any ACC school or Vanderbilt earlier this week. Garcia will likely wait until his spring break in a couple of weeks before he starts taking official visits. The NFL prospect will have to sit out next season with two left to play.
[UPDATE at 5:01 p.m. Saturday] Reuben Foster was at UGA’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon, along with Alvin Kamara, Tramel Terry and Shaq Wiggins. Foster’s name was chanted during the game, according to multiple reports. Also hearing that JC DB Mario Alford did not visit UGA this weekend.
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