Success or failure? UGA’s V.I.D. or “Very Important Dawg” junior day

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UGA had its biggest Junior Day of the year with Saturday’s V.I.D. or “Very Important Dawg” junior day.

How did V.I.D. go for UGA? I guess it depends on how you look at it.

UGA had a good turnout of top high school juniors, and they collectively seemed to have a good time, according to multiple reports (we’ll have more details and stories later this week).

However, much to everybody’s surprise, UGA did not pick up any commitments this weekend.

So was V.I.D. a success or failure? Again, it depends on how you look at it.

There were high expectations for UGA's V.I.D. junior day. Maybe too high? (AP)

There were high expectations for UGA's V.I.D. junior day. Maybe too high? Despite no new commits, UGA is still well ahead of last year's recruiting pace (AP)

  • Success: The good news was that UGA had nice turnout, especially considering the tornado-like weather conditions and that several competing colleges such as Clemson and Tennessee were also having junior events. There were current UGA commits in attendance, including RB Derrick Henry, S Tray Matthews, QB Brice Ramsey and DB Shaq Wiggins, along with top UGA targets such as DT Montravius Adams, RB Alvin Kamara, WR Tramel Terry, DE Kelsey Griffin, DB Brendan Langley and a boatload of offensive linemen. “I think obviously Georgia wanted to get some commits this weekend but in talking with the guys that visited it sounded like it went well,” said Rusty Mansell of 247Sports. “Getting Alvin Kamara and Tramel Terry back there for the second weekend in a row had to be positive. You’re talking about the No. 1 player out of South Carolina with Tramel and a top 100 guy for us with Alvin.”
  • Failure: After the success of Florida (six commitments on its Junior Day) and other SEC schools, there were high expectations for V.I.D. There were rumors, hints and predictions of impending UGA commitments on Twitter, fan blogs and message boards. It never happened. I didn’t make any public predictions but I was guessing around two – probably a WR or DB and at least one offensive lineman. There were a lot of rumors involving Kell DB Brendan Langley, who has UGA and Alabama as his co-leaders. Yes, he was at V.I.D. and had a good time but did not commit. “I heard rumors, too, but that was all made up,” Langley told the AJC on Sunday night with a laugh. “People said I was about to pull the trigger but I never thought about it or had any intent … I’m just not ready.” When asked if he thought any fellow recruit was going to commit at V.I.D., Langley replied, “Going into it, I wasn’t paying attention. After I left, I thought Alvin Kamara might commit. I know Alvin spent a lot of time with Coach [Mark Richt]. I mean, a lot of time. But he didn’t [commit].”

Now it’s YOUR TURN: What do you think? Was V.I.D. a success or failure? Why or why not?

One final note: UGA had seven commitments for its 2013 college football recruiting class by the end of February after JC DB Steven Nelson pledged to the Bulldogs. Last year, UGA didn’t pick up commitment No. 7 until June 2012, according to ESPN’s Kipp Adams. Compared to last year (also when UGA was dealing with Richt “hotseat” rumors), the Bulldogs are around four months ahead of schedule.

“There’s a long ways to go,” Mansell said. “Georgia has started off well, and they will probably get one more commitment in the next month or two. So they should be a third of the way finished with 2013 by May 1.”

  • RELATED: There’s some pretty big news for UGA involving the country’s No. 1 overall prospect (click here)

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241 comments Add your comment

ice

March 4th, 2012
10:15 pm

All Bama

March 4th, 2012
10:17 pm

At least Mark Richt showed up this weekend. That was a positive mutts

Vampire Bill

March 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Surprised no commits but that’s how it goes sometimes.

ATL RTR

March 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Go ahead AJC, put some positive spin on a Junior Day that was an EPIC FAILURE. All those studs on campus for YOUR BIGGEST JUNIOR DAY and no commitments? FAIL FAIL FAIL

But like the guy said, at least Coach Richt showed up. Too bad Reuben Foster didn’t again, like all you UGA fans were claiming he would. What a joke of a fanbase.

Taco Meat

March 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Not necessarily a bad thing. I’d rather a kid commit when he’s absolutely sure than commit too early at one of these event and renege later.

Economics major

March 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

I was at the basketball game, and Coach Garner was too busy eating slices of pizza rather than talking to five stars. Coach Garner was almost boxing out kids from the pizza. My wife and I couldn’t believe our eyes. If I was a kid and couldn’t get a slice of pizza, I wouldn’t commit either.

ole dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:24 pm

Success. No commits this weekend from a bunch of 17 year olds doesn”t mean much, nor would it have meant much if they had gotten 7. I won’t loose any sleep tonight worrying about it.

JimDog85

March 4th, 2012
10:26 pm

There are still many miles to go before anyone signs an official letter of intent. I am just glad the basketball dogs won and beat the lamecocks.

Crimson Crush

March 4th, 2012
10:27 pm

Hard to tell if 1eyedJack was having fun with some of the naysayers earlier or if he was actually recomposing the role of “Little Orhpan Annie” . Either way I would actually be surprised if the Dawgs didn’t make some kind of headway with at least some recruits this weekend …

ole dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

and if Alabama got 20 commits this weekend it wouldn”t matter because Saban may or may noy honor his scholarship offer come signing day. At least Saban didn’t screw… er, Justin Taylor any kids this weekend… or maybe he did!

Hairy Dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

Why the VIDs not doing the smart thing to commitments with Dawgs? We know they want to win and go to NFL for the money. Thats why they should play for Dawgs. And then when they win champs like East, SEC and BCS we helps them to get exposing for NFL with a high draft and good rookie contract. All of them should want that and not traitor to go out state and play at other team against Dawgs. Coach Richt will be just like a father in teaching them to walk Christian way while getting them ready for NFL. They know this is place for them and VIDs needs to commint. Athens is best city with the partys and beautiful ladies which is why you want to plays there on way to NFL after recruited as Dream Team III. You knows that UGA is place to be for Dawgs as elite VIDs. Come on to Athens and play for Dawgs! Go Dawgs!

NGD

March 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

@Crimson Crush You make a good point on the headway aspect because on Alabama’s most recent Junior Day did not land any commiys that day but you got them 4 days later(Grant Hill OL/Tyren Jones RB).

bitter dawgs fan

March 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

commintment—commintment——-a person to smart has comminted himself to the alabamma blogs

——————hahahahahahahah————tusk–a–looser///take your V.iD. with you—hahhahah

Mountain Dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

ole dawg and I are on the same page. GO DAWGS!

A person SMART enough to know......

March 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

commintment—commintment——-a person to smart has comminted himself to the alabamma blogs

——————hahahahahahahah————tusk–a–looser///take your V.iD. with you—hahhahah

What the hell are you trying to say? You really don’t know or can’t read. I don’t know how you think I committed to Bama.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

Still don’t have an idea if most of these kids have passing grades and passing SAT or ACT scores.

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:47 pm

Old dawg, why the negative comments about Saban? Is it because he is a better coach and recruiter than richt? Anyways it is clear that these kids are not sold on UGA football and they should be after all the hot seat talk and losing to each quality opponent on the schedule. I think 7 verbal commits is right where UGA should be with Richt at the helm. I’d say above average like usual but at least he is offering players earlier which is a good thing. Win some big games this year and UGA has a top 3 class but if the season is anything like last year except another #12 class. Go Dawgs!

Mutley

March 4th, 2012
10:52 pm

Do you play for a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP or just hope to beat Florida?

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
10:55 pm

Hairy Dawg, If you are squarely talking about winning and getting drafted high in the NFL then you can’t debate with Alabama. UGA puts alot of their players in the draft too but don’t have much to show for it. Also if you haven’t noticed it’s been a long time since UGA beat a quality opponent and under coach Richt lately UGA continually gets embarrassed on the national stage. I live UGA but the football program is far behind Alabama football and that’s why they have kids from around the country lining up to play for championships.

Crimson Crush

March 4th, 2012
10:59 pm

@NGD

There can be a variety of reasons for not hearing immediately that an event produced result X , Y or Z . It is really easy to get caught up in the “it should have happened two hours ago” mentality that the Internet and a 24/7 news cycle fuels .

Hairy Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:01 pm

You dang pointy heads! This is about football and nobody is talking about grades. If the VIDs don’t have the grades then we just got to Hargraves for a year to show they Dawg material. If they can play with SEC speed and show talents for NFL then we needs them on Dawgs. That is how you be champions and win trophy.

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Mutley, The standard on this blog is #1 beat Ga Tech, idk why. #2 Mark Richt is the second coming of Jesus and Nick Saban is the anti Christ. #3 Alabama only wins because they lie and cheat and it is a travesty if any kid decides to play for Saban. To answer your question most are happy with 9-10 wins but UGA doesn’t have to beat anybody worth a damn. You can’t really expect to beat Florida if you have lost 18 out of 22. I think most are happy with a win every other year.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

VID Recruits!
March 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

After this VID day, the Dogs will pick up a ton of top recruits—in 2012-13, the Dogs will own the SEC east—book it! Ga, Alabama and LsU—the top teams in the SEC. fla’s down and will be down for a long time–muschamp can’t coach a lick!

Rick James

March 4th, 2012
11:05 pm

@Economics major

You act is getting old..You’re obviously a Tech looser.

THE IRS

March 4th, 2012
11:13 pm

Did Mark Richt really pay his assistants money without going through the proper tax payrolls?

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:13 pm

Smart, idk who that guy is but he posts a ton of non sense. I can barely read any of his comments lol.

krazydawg

March 4th, 2012
11:15 pm

I wonder why these bama fans are concerned with the Dawgs.Since we do not play bama this year i guess we are not playing nobody.This is the SEC with on any saturday any team can beat you.I could understand if this was the Wac.Any way hators just spew hate.Go Dawgs!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 4th, 2012
11:16 pm

Reuben Foster was there earlier and attended UGA’s win over S.Carolina in basketball. He said ” his eyes were opened” and he had a very good time. He brought three of his high school team mates with him. Ar T Ar don’t right UGA off just yet. I’m sure Saban wasn’t pleased to here these comments. Many of the big time recruits don’t commit early. Last year Saban filled all his spots to early and had to back off of a couple of commits to make room for bigger names. Richt doesn’t operate that way so maybe it is best to go slow and steady and get the right guys. The fact is that it is still very early in the recruiting process and some don’t appreciate the high pressure tactics used by Saban – such as he used against Wiggins. That’s Saban’s style of closing the deal. Some of these early commits will still visit other schools and flip to them later. Early committing isn’t a guarantee of getting the player.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 4th, 2012
11:16 pm

No kidding. I still try once in a while but rarely do I understand much of what he is trying to say.

Big Crimson 75

March 4th, 2012
11:20 pm

UH-OH !!!

No commits on VID Day?
I don’t think that was the plan going in.
whiff !!

FL Jacket

March 4th, 2012
11:21 pm

Rick…

How can you grade a loser if you can’t even spell it?

Crimson Crush

March 4th, 2012
11:24 pm

“Richt doesn’t operate that way”

You are soooo right about that . Richt’s modus operandi is apparently to wait all the way down until Signing Day and then burn out a fax machine sending out spam LOIs to players headed to other universities . Then let the Kool Aid drinkers say it was part of the plan all along when the class comes up two cans short of a six pack ;-)

Product of the system

March 4th, 2012
11:24 pm

Unless a top recruit is all Dawg and wants to commit early, it makes sense for them to wait, no matter who they play for. Thousands of extra people will follow their inane Twitter feeds, building them a stronger personal brand and getting more national exposure from all recruiting services and special shows around signing day. The system is entertaining, but frustrating. It gives complete morons way too much power over the media machine.

UGA is doing an unreal job at RB. If Derrick Henry holds firm, tailback U is real, even if a few of these 5-stars in the pipeline don’t pan out. Recruiting has always been the least of the issues at UGA in the last 20 years. Now that they’ve grown a legitamite defense, there really is no excuse left. And that’s from an excuse-making homer.

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:27 pm

Smart, Devry U education is my guess
Floriduh, Again why do so many dawg fans hate Saban? If he was UGA’s coach I’m sure you wouldn’t feel that way especially after winning the national championship 2 out of 3 years. Is it because that’s the only thing you guys have left to say to feel like you are better than Alabama? If Richt was not a “good Christian man” after the past 4 seasons would it then be ok if he was fired? I was just wondering as a dawg fan I don’t get why UGA fans love throwing Alabama and Nick Saban in the mud.

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 4th, 2012
11:28 pm

Reuben Foster visited with coach Richt and attended the UGA win over S.Carolina earlier in the week.. He brought 3 of his team mates with him. One of them (DB) was offered a scholarship. He said he had a very good time and his “eyes were opened”.. R Tee R it’s still early in the recruiting process – don’t get too cocky.

FL Jacket

March 4th, 2012
11:42 pm

What if you’re a HS Junior and you are getting overlooked for a football scholarship?

YOU JUST CAME FROM UGA JUNIOR DAY…

RTR_92

March 4th, 2012
11:45 pm

If you read some of the Crimson Tide fans posting here you’d think Bama already had their 2013 class full. In reality Bama has 9 commits right now and UGA has 7. It’s March 4, 2012 people. NSD is still 11 months away. I’m sure both teams will do fine in recruiting.

uga

March 4th, 2012
11:45 pm

Whats up with Mario Alford??????

slydog

March 4th, 2012
11:47 pm

VID day was an epic FAIL. 11 years on the job and no commits? It was a fail because not one of them felt strong enough to become a Dawg!!!. Maybe a few apples from this group will drop in the next two weeks. Maybe 2013 will end up being a good recruiting year after all. But VID ended with no commits from a long established program. FAIL!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 4th, 2012
11:50 pm

I didn’t throw Saban in the mud….. just report the facts. If you don’t like the facts don’t blame me. Bottom line. Bummer is not the magnet that attracts recruits. Winning attracts recruits. Let Bummer have a couple of bad years like they had before and they will lose the recruiting edge and be shut out of Georgia like they were for most of the last ten years. Georgia needs to win the SEC this year to regain their recruiting edge.

Courtney

March 4th, 2012
11:53 pm

We will know next February, Commits or no commits does not matter.

Bad Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:58 pm

Floriduh, Your choice to throw Bama under the bus when this was not an article about Bama is what I don’t understand. Also Alabama is college football’s top program historically and of course everything happens in cycles. You don’t win 14 national titles by mistake but I agree with you about winning. It is about time Mark Richt starts winning big games again don’t you think? He has been at UGA 11 years and the past four seasons have been unacceptable IMO.

JoeHam14

March 4th, 2012
11:58 pm

FLJacket

That post doesn’t even make sense bro.

bitter dawgs fan

March 4th, 2012
11:59 pm

@bad dawg and a person so—-ok—smart–ttee—pants——hahahah——im glad your talking football

tonight and not trying to give us a darn history lesson——-sabanist—tree killers—-hahahah

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
12:00 am

Joe…it’s called sarcasm. I’m referencing one of MC’s earlier articles.

Bad Tide

March 5th, 2012
12:01 am

Bad Dawg

Scroll up and read the posts from Bama folks who are “throwing UGA under the bus when this was not an article about Bama” and you’ll see why someone might be inclined to throw a little back at Bama fans.

JoeHam14

March 5th, 2012
12:02 am

I saw the other article but your comment still doesn’t make sense bro. Sounds like an attempted dig at UGA that was poorly constructed.

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
12:04 am

Joe…why U so serious bro?

Hairy Dawg

March 5th, 2012
12:06 am

We don’t having to throw Saban in the mud. He wallowing in it like a big pile of elephant dung. The only thing I gives him credit for is roster mgt. He knows how to cut loose the recruits that winds up stinky and not panning out. Coach Richt knows how to cast outs the wicked not exposing talents to but Adams is choking him from doing it.

JoeHam14

March 5th, 2012
12:06 am

Just saying, the joke didn’t work bro. It happens.