Mark Richt on UGA’s hot recruiting start: “It’s a good thing”

Mark Richt

UGA's Mark Richt gives the congratulatory "commitment hug" in this picture tweeted by Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt

UGA coach Mark Richt is excited about the team’s blistering start in recruiting for the next two years.

At Saturday’s G-Day game, the Bulldogs added two more commitments:

Overall, UGA, which signed 19 recruits last February, already had 18 prospects committed for the next two seasons.

After the G-Day game, Richt couldn’t talk about any specific commitments due to NCAA rules. But he was obviously happy with the overall early results of recruiting.

“I know, I think it’s a good thing  — there’s a lot of people really interested in the Dawgs,” Richt told the AJC with a big smile.

“There are a lot of good players, and we’ve been doing a good job of evaluating and getting offers to them. And the guys are responding, and I’m excited for it.”

Within the last two weeks, the commitments have come in bunches. UGA had three commit in one day once, and two in a day twice.

“All that can roll together,” Richt said. “Sometimes you just gain momentum, guys start getting excited and they start talking. Before you know, they are recruiting each other.”

UGA’s recruiting efforts have been boosted by the efforts of a few commitments – safety Tray Matthews, cornerback Shaq Wiggins and quarterback Brice Ramsey – who are actively recruiting other targets over Twitter and Facebook, and with text messages.

Unlike last year, UGA also hasn’t been hampered by “hot seat” rumors and rampant speculation on Richt’s coaching future. “Yes, that helps,” Richt said.

What’s next for UGA? They are looking for a few good offensive linemen. Camden County’s JP Vonashek is still considering committing to the Bulldogs; North Gwinnett’s DeVondre Seymour, the son of NFL All-Pro Richard Seymour, is also high on UGA but is not ready to make his college decision yet.

There were rumors that Kell cornerback Brendan Langley, who has Alabama and UGA as his frontrunners, was considering committing at G-Day. Langley met with Richt after the scrimmage, and was hugged by several UGA assistants as he exited the locker room. However, Langley told the AJC he did not commit.

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a country boy can survive

April 16th, 2012
11:40 am

Come on Lex. Now your reading out of the Al and Jesse playbook? Weak.

Markt Wrecked is So Smart

April 16th, 2012
11:55 am

“It’s a good thing.” And we are paying this guy how much a year for mediocre teams???

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
12:04 pm

Call it like I see them

tide roll says only blacks can play OL

Last year, because of Bean anderson, he said and I quote “Will be the biggest and best OL UGA has ever had.”

All because of a big fat black guy.

That’s why Pyke and Theus are no good according to him

He will never mention Barrett Jones.

Because he is white and because, tide roll is not really a bama fan.

I have him pegged

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
12:06 pm

Markt Wrecked is So Smart

April 16th, 2012
11:55 am
“It’s a good thing.” And we are paying this guy how much a year for mediocre teams???

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Call McGarity or e-mail him and ask him, not us.

You or I can’t do a thing about it.

All you can do is whine like a girl

bamaman

April 16th, 2012
12:10 pm

UGA signs a kid out of a private school as a offensive tackle???? You have to be kidding me. This kid looks like he may be 250 lbs. boy he really has a chance to play in the SEC. Just another O lineman that will ride the bench. UGA offensive line looked awful Saturday and it was not because they were playing a good defensive front. Do you not think other SEC schools have good defensive lineman???????

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
12:14 pm

bamaman

April 16th, 2012
12:10 pm
UGA signs a kid out of a private school as a offensive tackle????
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Another uninformed idiot

Go check where Barrett Jones went to high school

2011 Outland Trophy winner

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
12:15 pm

also, do you not realize that in most states now, the top ranked schools and the schools winning the state titles are private schools?

That’s why the public/private debate is raging.

Geez, you are dumb

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

DawginLex, you can’t have it both ways. Disagreeing with those who don’t share the same views and attacking dissenters are two different things entirely. Please tone down the rhetoric.

d-a dawg

April 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

theres a good cop when you need him!

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
12:47 pm

Who died and put you in charge?

You can shutup too or leave.

either way, we all win

Same for you d-a dawg

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:02 pm

D-a Dawg did, as in District Attourney Dawg. See what happens when there are no trolls around to challenge dawg fans. They become pushy and abusive.

Bama Mike

April 16th, 2012
1:05 pm

CMR first five years was a direct result from Donnan’s recruiting vs CMR. Coach Donnan also if memory serves me correctly had a potential top 5 class coming in prior to his dismissal. Say what you want about his coaching but he could recruit with the best of them. His teams were never embarassed on the field.

Bama Mike

April 16th, 2012
1:07 pm

CMR allowing the celebration at Florida and quitting at Auburn vs Newton and Farley was the last straw for me. I realized he was more about pizazz then results.

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:12 pm

Fair points Bama Mike. Well said without being abusive. Keep up the good work.

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
1:13 pm

I’m pushy and abusive to idiots 100% of the time

If you are an idiot, I will call you out

I have a low tolerance for stupid

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
1:14 pm

So describe Bama blowing a 24 point lead at home?

Did they quit too?

Nah, because you are a bama homer

We had a 21-7 lead and they came back and won because they were better.

Neither team quit

The Bear

April 16th, 2012
1:16 pm

In defense of Theus Bolles High school as produced some excellent players over the years.

Blog Psychiatrist

April 16th, 2012
1:18 pm

temper, temper.

Terry

April 16th, 2012
1:19 pm

Blog Cop, you and Bama Mike should go out on a date, then y’all can see if its really true love, or just a blog Infatuation.LOL

a country boy can survive

April 16th, 2012
1:20 pm

Georgia kinda did quit at Auburn. And definitely did quit in Memphis.

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
1:20 pm

not according to tide roll since bolles is private and Theus is white

Hey blog cop dude, you defending tide roll?

7576DAWG

April 16th, 2012
1:22 pm

Linemen a lot of the time excel in high school because they are twice as big as most of the team. They more get in the way of the other teams players. How do you move 300 lbs of fat. A few will actually develop coordination with their body, feet and hands enough while they are in high school to know how good they will be in college but most never developed any coordination or speed as they were growing up. For me it would be the hardest position to evaluate. Once you get them to college it will take a few years for them to replace all that fat with muscle and for them to develop coordination enough to dominate. Look at all the things that have to be developed after they get to college. Speed, hand and feet coordination, strength, and confidence that they are just as important as the skill positions that have always gotten all the credit over the years. Most of the other positions have all those things already down, years before they even get out of high school. To get a 5- star rating as a linemen is pretty special. I am mainly talking about tackles , guards, and center. Defensive ends develop faster because they are just linebacker who kept on growing.
Good luck to all of Georgia’s big men and work hard because we need you.

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:23 pm

And you people get upset with trolls? Listen to how you go after polite posters.

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
1:23 pm

Hey blog cop/psychiatrist(the same guy obviously)

U mad??

tide roll

April 16th, 2012
1:23 pm

OT Kennedy Estelle, 6′7″ 300lbs, OG Donald Hawkins, 6′5″ 320lbs.,OT Camrhon Hughes, 6′6″ 280lbs., OG Curtis Riser 6′3″290 lbs., OT Darius James 6′5″320 lbs. OG Kent Perkins 6′5″ 300lbs. Can you imagine the fun Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley would have, finding creases behind these studs? Well, dawg fans, these are the very athletes that your FORMER offensive line coach brought in for the Texas Longhorns. Obviously, the fan base in Austin has absolutely NO PROBLEM with it. But UGA fans, noe that’s a different story. Ya’ll would share the same concerns that Booboo, Friend and Joe T. would have. Look out now, they’re prone to be lazy! What a slew of idiots from your Administration to Richt, to his coaching staff, all the way down to y’all. Let’s go get some more private schholl offensive lineman! I’m sure Bobo and Tershinski are on their computers now, scouring the country. What a joke of a program.

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:27 pm

Lex, not agreeing or disagreeing with tide roll. Just saying he is posting without venomous speech. Lessons could and should be learned. And I have no affiliation with the person who calls himself “Blog Psychiatrist”.

Wildgator

April 16th, 2012
1:31 pm

All this talk about uga recruiting is a shame. I am a Gator fan, and this is making it seem like all the other classes was hot a$$ garbage, which they were not! Its plan and simple, Mark Richt has had the sportscar for years, but he doesn’t know how to drive it at full throttle. Thats a good/bad thing. He kind a reminds me of Ron Zook.

a man of honor

April 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

Ron Zook? Ron Burgundy maybe!

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:38 pm

Well said man of honor. Very funny retort.

BamaGuy

April 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

I need a hug too….

Wildgator

April 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

tide roll

April 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

Richt’s right. Y’all do do a “Good Job Evaluating”. After watching endless hours of tape, Richt and Booboo came to the conclusion that, and I quote (and Richt actually went public with this right before the Auburn game) : “WE SEE CAM NEWTON AS A TIGHT END.” Two questions Dawg fans: (1) Are you surprised at this evaluation of Newton, seeing as Mike Bobo is your Quarterback Coach, and, (2) Rather than going public, isn’t that evaluation something your Head Coach Richt might want to keep on the “down low” ? What an idiot!

Blog Cop

April 16th, 2012
1:48 pm

Guess i’ll take my break now. Hopefully the Georgia fans are taking this time to deal with anger issues.

BamaGuy

April 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

If you look real close on that pic above it seems as if Mr. Wilkerson has a bit of a “Woody” as him and Richt embrace..That Richt, he just keeps giving…

Who is delusional?

April 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

I am willing to let the readers decide. Tide roll used that word earlier, so let’s examine his record.

1.Has anyone made a more fantastic statement than tide roll when months ago he claimed Saban was late recruiting Cam Newton in 2010 because Nick thought Cam was a lock to UGA? To think that a detail-oriented coach like Saban would think that is certifiably delusional.

2. We all know tide roll is not a hypocrite, so let’s be charitable and just say he is not very knowledgeable about Bama’s players. Obviously did not know that their top OL was from a private Christian school. Also did not know that last year’s OL at Bama had more whites than UGA’s. (And this is something that is very, very important to tide roll, more so than playing the best players. I am sure Saban ranks talent above skin color when making his lineups.)

3. All the recruiting experts, college coaches, and talent evaluators think John Theus was one of the best, if not THE best offensive tackles coming out of high school last year. Yet tide roll has already judged him to be a flop. Let’s see- who to believe- all the SEC/ACC coaches that tried to sign him, or tide roll? That is tough choice, but I will go with Saban, Miles, Kelly, Richt, Spurrier, Chizik, etc. over a poster that is not real familiar with his supposedly favorite team’s roster makeup.

Who is delusional?

April 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

I am willing to let the readers decide. Tide roll used that word earlier, so let’s examine his record.

1.Has anyone made a more fantastic statement than tide roll when months ago he claimed Saban was late recruiting Cam Newton in 2010 because Nick thought Cam was a lock to UGA? To think that a detail-oriented coach like Saban would think that is certifiably delusional.

2. We all know tide roll is not a hypocrite, so let’s be charitable and just say he is not very knowledgeable about Bama’s players. Obviously did not know that their top OL was from a private Christian school. Also did not know that last year’s OL at Bama had more whites than UGA’s. (And this is something that is very, very important to tide roll, more so than playing the best players. I am sure Saban ranks talent above skin color when making his lineups.)

3. All the recruiting experts, college coaches, and talent evaluators think John Theus was one of the best, if not THE best offensive tackles coming out of high school last year. Yet tide roll has already judged him to be a flop. Let’s see- who to believe- all the SEC/ACC coaches that tried to sign him, or tide roll? That is tough choice, but I will go with Saban, Miles, Kelly, Richt, Spurrier, Chizik, etc. over a poster that is not real familiar with his supposedly favorite team’s roster makeup.

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
2:01 pm

So here is a summary of tide roll’s opinions which blog police, blog psychiatrist and other support and agree with 100%:

1.)White boys can’t play OL in the SEC
2.)Private schools don’t produce SEC caliber OL
3.)Only big black guys can play OL

In response, I give you these:

1-Barrett Jones
2-Michael Bush
3-Grambling, Southern-all black with horrible OL
4-Brentwood Academy, Moeller, St X and Trinity

Have fun arguing!!!

Greetings from Alabamastan

April 16th, 2012
2:02 pm

Why the vitreol towards a fellow poster? Can we not coexist?

a country boy can survive

April 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

Lex, your arguements are becoming weaker as the day goes by. Might want to consider a nap. You, my friend, have become the troll.

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
2:15 pm

thanks country boy

i know I’m right if you disagree with me

So you are saying that the private schools don’t produce D-1 football players?
Private schools don’t win state titles?
Public schools don’t view private schools as a threat?

Nah, I’m not the troll. I’m just right.

tide roll

April 16th, 2012
2:15 pm

Theus is slower than molasses. He was evaluated OBJECTIVELY by coaches at the Under Armour (US ARMY?) game and mercifully moved to guard. Some Quarteback would have been decapitated otherwise. But DON”T CONFUSE US WITH FACTS TIDE ROLL, THEUS IS GOING TO START FOR US AT LEFT TACKLE AS A TRUE FRESHMAN. Thank God the S. Carolina game was moved back. By then, Theus will simply DOMINATE Jadeveon Clowney. Go Dawgs. Go dawgs. Goooo Dawgs!! You guys are hilarious, you know that don’t you?

a country boy can survive

April 16th, 2012
2:25 pm

I never said anything about public/private schools. Private schools produce plenty of good athletes. It’ll be ok. Have a good day. Go check out a UK baseball game. They are having an impressive season. I’m outta here.

harold

April 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

RICHT CAN’T EVEN COMPARE HIS RECRUITING TO NICK SABAN ( GOD LIKE–THE BEAR NOW) AND ALABAMA OR LES MILES AND LSU.

RICHT HAS NEVER EVEN MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. IN FACT SABAN HAS MORE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN UGA!

HIS CLASSES NEVER PAN OUT……HMMMMMM….COACHING……HMMMM

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

http://www.nationalunderclassmen.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=23100&ATCLID=205357877

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give it up dimwit.

Theus is ranked high by everyone who matters.

Tide roll, you don’t matter at all

you are a fart in the wind

DawginLex

April 16th, 2012
2:28 pm

good, glad you are gone

Maybe tide roll will go with you and you can both go get a room

Have to agree with harold

April 16th, 2012
2:41 pm

Saban is the best recruiter in the college game right now, and Miles is not far behind. Looks like UGA is putting together a monster class however, and it will take that kind of recruiting to win the SEC.

I think Nick has 4 February NCs (as some other poster coined it).

harold

April 16th, 2012
2:41 pm

NO WHERE NEAR NICK SABAN AND ALABAMA. THEY DON’T HAVE GOOD COACHES AT UGA AND THE FANS ARE HAPPY TO COMPETE. RICHT IS 24-16 HIS LAST THREE YEARS AND UGA FANS ARE HAPPY!

UGA's OL recruiting

April 16th, 2012
2:44 pm

Expect the Dogs to pick up 2 OL commits this week, according to LHB (and they have some posters close to the program). Seymour should also come aboard before too long. Our problem this year is that the OL class is so deep, some very good OL will be available for other schools.

tide roll

April 16th, 2012
2:51 pm

31 years and counting. Is it any wonder? Are y’all sure that picture isn’t Richt and Aaron Murray? That’s a strange relationship isn’t it? Richt absolutely loves the kid. The way he runs with his little shoulders just a swishin’, The hair gel. Who cares about interceptions when you’ve got that fella out there. Have you seen him in a uniform? My gracious. Between him and Christian Robinson, Oh I just don’t know. Coach Bobo, Is it me or is it hot in here?

Dawg Haus

April 16th, 2012
2:54 pm

UGA’s OL recruiting, are those two linemen Vonashek and Kublanow, by chance?