UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson: Recruiting duties for May?



What are the recruiting duties in May for UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson?

May is the busiest month of the spring for recruiting, with college coaches hitting the road to visit the high schools of prospects across the country.

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However, the head coaches are prevented from joining the rest of their staff on the road this month, per NCAA rules. It’s the assistants who get to have all the fun and log the frequent-flyer miles.

So what do the head coaches do in May? A lot more than you think, and it’s mostly behind the scenes.

“You’ve got Skyping, you’ve got phone calls, you’re studying film, and you’re kind of tracking where everybody is – who has committed and who is thinking about committing soon,” Richt told the AJC.

“You’re constantly looking at the recruiting board to constantly see where we are at, and trying to make these decisions. A coach will see a guy on Monday, and he’ll get the information to our recruiting personnel. They’ll show that film to me, and let me see what I think about them. Before we offer anybody at Georgia, I’ve got to make sure I’m comfortable with it.”

Over at Georgia Tech, Johnson is doing the same type of things while his staff is traveling.

“Recruiting goes on the whole time,” Johnson told the AJC. “Kids stop by for unofficial visits. They’re in here most every day. When school is out, they’re always here. There’s always something to do. You’ve got camps to get ready for, you’ve got booster club functions … there’s something to do all the time.”

Due to NCAA rules, head coaches can no longer stop by high schools to observe a top prospect during his spring practice. How do Richt and Johnson feel about that? Do they miss it?

“For me personally, I think it’s OK by me,” Richt said. “When head coaches walk into schools, sometimes it becomes very difficult not to bump into this kid or that kid. And it just becomes very, very tough. I think in the past, most head coaches weren’t necessarily evaluating players [during the spring]. I think most we’re proving ‘we want you’ and all those kinds of things. It’s a non-contact period for me, and an evaluation period for our assistants. I think the assistants can do a great job with getting things done.”

Paul Johnson and Mark Richt signed more out-of-state recruits than normal this year. However, both shake hands in agreement that the state of Georgia is their No. 1 recruiting priority (AJC)

Paul Johnson and Mark Richt are doing behind-the-scenes recruiting duties in May (AJC)

And Johnson? “The kids come to our camps, and we see them. It’s not as big of a deal anymore with as fast as the recruiting process has moved up. A lot of times, you have to decide if you’re going to offer them before you get to see them work out in the spring anyways … If I had my druthers, I would like to go to the school in the spring. It creates an impression when you go to the school.”

Even though both coaches can’t be on road with their assistants in May, they know and appreciate the value of May evaluation period.

“We beat the bushes, making sure we’re seeing everybody we possibly can see in the state of Georgia … and, of course, in nearby states and wherever else somebody may have an interest in the University of Georgia,” Richt said. “You know, you see a lot of film and you can make judgments on film. But there’s nothing like seeing guys in person. We want to see the guy in person, and go talk to their coach, their counselors, their principals, and anybody else we can talk to … to find out more about them as a person and a student because that’s so valuable as well. Because the recruiting clock, I guess, has sped up to a degree, you want to have more peace about what you’re doing by getting to know more about these young men.”

UPDATE: Actually, Mark Richt will not be able to call recruits for two weeks, according to the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer. The two-week penalty, which ends on Monday, is due to an NCAA secondary violation for Richt publicly commenting on Josh Harvey-Clemons before his letter-of-intent was received and approved by UGA.

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Crimson Crush

May 9th, 2012
2:00 am

They pass the Saban “bump” rule to try and slow him down … he rolls right on and leaves other coaches saying what he did about how stupid it was when the NCAA did it . Classic ;-)

Gravy Train

May 9th, 2012
7:22 am

Do the Bammers have more stints on probation or more self proclaimed fake national titles? I never even knew there were Bammers until about three years ago.

Also, I bet you wont catch Turkey Neck on Skype. He’s got a face for radio, as they say.

Paddy

May 9th, 2012
7:22 am

Crimson Crush………Huh??????????????

Game Changer

May 9th, 2012
7:24 am

Mark Richt is for anything that does not require the most work. Relying on kipp adams to make contacts with these athletes for GA recruiting could get GA in hot water, but other schools doing the same thing. This is why so many reports are so wrong today even up to signing day as seen 2012. Kipp Adams moved into the JHC household for days and many feel he was instrumental at getting a family member to sign the scholarship and actually was behind the faxing of it to Athens days after NSD. Many SEC schools have these birddogs today giving daily and many times hourly info.

Georgia needs offensive lineman in worse kind of way and defensive lineman in 2014 class. Two or more current commits are jumping ship before NSD.

Todd Grantham ” REFUSES TO SIGN A NEW CONTRACT “, this could destroy any hope for UGA fans after the 2012 season for continued improvement.

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
7:45 am

Paddy,
and he accused me of smoking dope! Now if he’d of just accused me of Tequila abuse!!!

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
8:03 am

G.C.,
I thought you and your CRYSTAL BALL would be at the race track getting rich! Please tell me one thing and don’t spin it. There’s a lot of people I don’t like, but I don’t hate but a couple of people in my whole life. Why do you hate CMR so much? It’s not a healthy obsession. I can see you being upset at me and some others on the blog that you like to spar with, but Coach Richt doesn’t mess with you or even care that you hate him. He probably just says a prayer for you and others like you. Do you know why you hate him so much???

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 9th, 2012
8:26 am

Richt like Tubberville and Fulmer were to lazy to go to the kids schools and they love the fact they prevented Nick from going. Nick was the 1st to start the Skype type deal as well and that floored Tubbs at the time.ain

@gravy train….sport you would settle for any title wouldn’t you? Have you seen your East Division Champ rings? Pitiful but then again you’re UGA….1980 ruff ruff

intheknow

May 9th, 2012
8:27 am

Game Changer…you info is so full of sh_t that its laughable!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

May 9th, 2012
8:37 am

if grantham is gone after this year —-back to 8-4——————-way to go fat a_$$ adams

Dawg Fan in Grayson

May 9th, 2012
8:40 am

in the know…..you are so right

bitter "spoiled recruit"

May 9th, 2012
8:43 am

@king–you need to get to the bottom of the –no sign contract (grantham), why keep adams until

————june of next year—-thats plenty of time for the fat monster to set the program back 20 years

——————————–the rebel flag will always be bammer land state flag

Dawg Fan

May 9th, 2012
8:43 am

@ Game Changer

I couldn’t agree more.

Whiskey Breath

May 9th, 2012
8:47 am

Is this suppose to be earth shaking information? Does Nick Saban need to take notes from this article
to keep up in recruiting? Can’t imagine CMR doing that much work.

Thomas Brown

May 9th, 2012
8:54 am

Mark Richt surrounds himself with a “coaching staff” and what Paul Johnson does or doesn’t do, I could care less about, with his worthless program over there on the flats.

We as fans don’t surround ourselves with folks on the Internet. We merely type what is the case, or pretend that everything is well

when everything is not well.

Clearly, the recruiting is not getting the job done here.

76 scholarship players remain of the 109 Mark Richt and his “coaching staff” recruited here.

33 attrition – most in nation

Now, SEC has 25-man limit we can sign.

76 scholarships remaining of 109 Mark Richt & staff signed
-14 seniors 2012 season
-5 approximately Juniors considering jumping to NFL after 2012
57 remaining scholarship recruits signed by Richt & staff
+ 25
___
82

We already are on an NCAA Probation self-imposed with only 76 scholarships remaining whom Mark Richt signed here after he kicked the rest off, or ran them off, or forced them off, or just plain didn’t work out.

We cannot achieve 85 on scholarship for this season or next season.

You sit there posting how great we’re doing and pick on Alabama for losing to Louisiana Monroe in Nick Saban’s 1st season when he’s won 3 BCS NC and 2 of the current 3 NC consensus, while Mark Richt lost to Vandie with me dragging out of Sanford Stadium a Vandie team who beat 0-12 Duke 1-11 Temple and 1-AA squad who was no good as their only wins when they beat Mark Richt.

I find your statements about Louisiana Monroe OFF-BASE given our own loss at HOME to Vandie in Mark Richt’s not 1st season but his 6th season here. A team again who beat only 2 teams 1-A an 0-12 and a 0-11, but they BEAT Mark Richt.

This does not make me siding with Alabama, nor coveting Alabama.

It is simply a statement that we ain’t doing that well here ourselves.

Now, I asked for what is so positive to post about UGA ?

Terry

May 9th, 2012
8:58 am

Wet Willie…keep on smiling, Whoopty do, nick also started the midget fashion shop for little people, with that head to body ratio, and the way you blow him everyday, he could qualify as a Blow Pop. LOL

GoDawgs

May 9th, 2012
8:59 am

My question is simple. Carvell, why write this article in the first place. It has no meaning, and we get it, May is a busy month for recruiting. Why write an article just to write it. If it’s not news than why give us a filler article. Keep up the outstanding journalism!

Terry

May 9th, 2012
9:08 am

Thomas Brown, If you know so much about all this crap you speak of, why are you on a blog, instead of working for UGA in their recruiting office, please quit acting like you have insight in to UGA, and their personal, it quiet clear your just a loud mouth blogger, with no substances.

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 9th, 2012
9:08 am

Game Chumper – Don’t you fret none boy. Grantham has already agreed to the extended contract offered to him and will sign it. Lawyers being paid by the hour are slow…. just their nature to bleed every dollar they can out of you “Johnnie Cockrun” style. Just ask O.J. when you go to visit him in the Big House.

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
9:10 am

Bitter
Don’t believe everything you read in these blogs. I don’t think Coach Grantham is leaving anytime soon, but if he does , it will be for a H.C. job and we have to wish him the best! He is a DGD!!!

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
9:18 am

Keith Marshall.

Game Changer

May 9th, 2012
9:21 am

@kingdaddy: good question: The facts speak for themselves over the past 5 years. UGA football has not won a game or exceeded expectations in the last 5 years. It has been since 2007 that UGA beat a SEC team with a winning SEC record – 2007 Auburn who was 5 and 3 themselves. UGA really has nothing to hang its hat on. Would love for you, kingdaddy, to share the last meaningful victory on the NATIONAL STAGE against a top opponent for UGA, please do not use the Hawaii game, that was a joke.

I am disgusted with the total leadership of the UGA athletic department. Michael Adams quit caring many many years ago about winning, dont know what occured but at the beginning he had huge desire for winning but lost it. AD damon evans understood the importance of a west of the mississippi opponent out of conference each year trying to make UGA football relevant, other than that he was not much, now we have McGarity who is very weak and has our schedule back to a joke and waste of money for 3 games a year, ( I would rather lose the out of conference game to a top opponent out west than play patsies ), McGarity was a weak link at Florida and is in way over his head as UGA AD. Mark Richt has no accomplishments in many many years, A college team plays every game for the opportunity to compete against the best proving they earn and deserve the rankings and respect: No where has UGA football proven such for many many years. Offering an extension to Richt for what, he is nothing but a failure over the past 5 years: ie: character and image of football players – the worst ever in UGA HISTORY, discipline and winning – the worse on field and off field in UGA HISTORY, retention of signees once on campus strengthening the overall team with maturity and depth – the worse ever in UGA HISTORY.

Four SEC teams would share the National Number 1 ranking heading into the 2012 Season if they had UGA schedule:
LSU, ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, SOUTH CAROLINA

UGA is laughed at by opponents and other institutions regarding football, and pretty much the overall AD department.

I would bet that GA TECH, who posters on hear love to make fun up, have more signature wins over ranked teams in the past five years than UGA. UGA is not even one of the top 3 teams that Tech plays most years, sad but true.

And the list of failures could go on for ever at this point, time for total change regarding UGA athletics, allowing the Gov of GA, Board of Regents and a few choosen ones control has destroyed any chance of improvement.

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
9:28 am

Thomas Brown
You can stow it when it comes to LOUISIANA, MONROE! No Ga. loss is equal to that one! You think that ANY TEAM IN THE SEC CAN’T BEAT YOU ON ANY GIVEN DAY, YOU’RE WRONG! This is the SEC man, the best conference in the country! If you’re not well prepared or you’re Q.B. has a bad game or the ball just doesn’t bounce your way, YOU CAN LOSE!!! Alabama lost to LOUISIANA, MONROE AT HOME, T.B. They are a high-school team…This was one of the largest melt-downs in NCAA FOOTBALL HISTORY! UGA has had its share of stupid losses under CMR, but nothing compares to the LOUISIANA, MONROE LOSS, NOTHING…

At Kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
9:30 am

1. There are a number of insecure people on here obsessed with UGA.

2. Notice that this type poster was running down Grantham at the beginning, but as it became evident he was building an elite defense, that tactic no longer has credibility, so therefore TG is leaving and will not sign his contract.

3. Just because they have “Dog” or “Dawg” in their title, or claim to be a UGA fan does not make them one. By their fruits you shall know them applies here also.

4. Enjoy reading your posts as you do battle with the UGA-haters. Know you are pleased with the way this recruiting class is shaping up. Looks like we are going to land a boatload of OL, and are in the pleasant position of picking and choosing from a bumper crop.

bucket

May 9th, 2012
9:31 am

Game changer = A Father. Enough said.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 9th, 2012
9:34 am

Nick and Kirby play games with the AD complex at UGA just as they do with Auburn. As you might recall Nick ask the SEC to allow Mark to be able to come to the 2008 game between Bama and Clemson so he could see his son dress for his 1st game (coaches can’t attend SEC games) but those day are over between these two schools and the gloves are OFF! The best thing UGA has going for them is the talent level in your state and most kids just don’t want to go far away from home. That is the only thing saving you as of today. Please continue the denial.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
9:36 am

Game changer, what is your plan? Surely a guy so involved and passionate has a plan. I mean we all know that YOU are doing more than sitting at the kleyboard. Right?

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
9:40 am

Oh, and be carefull picking on that extention, or you will feel the wrath of BuLLdawg. That was something he “screamed about getting done before anybody else”. Have you not heard of Keith Marshall?

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
9:41 am

G.C.
That’s no reason to spend every wakeing moment writeing a hate-filled diatribe against anyone. For goodness sakes, I could understand it if you actually were a Ga. fan and wanted to see us WIN! Think about that. The fact is that you are a G.T. fan. Get mad at CPJ, he’s the one that keeps loseing to the worst coach in your world. You’re mad at the wrong person, G.C…

bucket

May 9th, 2012
9:43 am

@ Wet Willie – the gloves are off and everyone in the know in the recruiting game knows exactly why.

bucket

May 9th, 2012
9:45 am

@ AltahamaDawg and kingdaddy – you guys have Game changer/A Father pegged exactly right!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

May 9th, 2012
9:46 am

@game changer turd—————–UGA has the best defence in the SEC—–

—————————defence wins championships——in response to your spuuuu–blah blah blah

———————————-bammer trailer trash

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
9:47 am

@Kingdaddy
LOL, they already know the TRUTH. They just hate this program and argue just to be argueing…

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
9:49 am

RRRight, UGA football started downhill under Damon Evans watch, and is on the rise under McGarity.

Obviously, none of us want that.

Neutral

May 9th, 2012
9:58 am

@Charlie…..I mean “Thomas” Brown

There you go again!!! Are you so manic that you don’t understand how negative you are? Again, we all know you are not a Dawg fan……just a very sick and negative anti – UGa blogger. We may need to start labeling you the”Psycho Troll”

HighTech

May 9th, 2012
10:08 am

Thomas Brown and WnE must be brothers. Funny, I don’t recall ever seeing both of them on a blog at the same time.

Game Changer

May 9th, 2012
10:12 am

UGA has one of the top four defenses in the SEC: alabama, lsu, ga, south carolina

Funny how I am considered a Tech and Alabama fan.

Todd Grantham is not going to sign the contract because he has demanded a very large sum of money to do so and it is not going to happen.

Everyone of you that suggest Richt’s contract extension offer was because of Kieth Marshall are silly. One player dictating a contract over 3.5M.

If this had been the case McGarity should be fired asap.

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
10:15 am

This is a really funny blog today! I think I’ll stick around…Anyone heard any recruiting news on OLs looking this way???

bucket

May 9th, 2012
10:16 am

@ Game Changer/ A Father – I am not one bit confused about who you are or who you root for – you’re all Tech. That’s ok, I just don’t know what sick pleasure you get out of trying to come on here and pretend otherwise. Good day!

Neutral

May 9th, 2012
10:24 am

@High Tech,
When you see WnE and Charlie Brown on the same blog they are always complimenting each other. Very interesting……maybe one person with multiple personalities. Kinda goes with the “psycho-troll” idea I mentioned above.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
10:30 am

“everyone of you” that suggested that Richt entire body of work (which he bashes relentlessly) is irrelavant due to the recruitment on 1 player, is one guy, BuLLdawg.

It’s an inside joke to the regulars in here watching him weasle around that.

Are you new here?

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
10:31 am

Well, see if WnE can still show his face on Chip Tower’s blog anymore, then you will know.

kingdaddy

May 9th, 2012
10:33 am

G.C.
I may not agree with CMR all the time, but I don’t rip him day-in and day-out! No Doggie would, it doesn’t make Dawg-sense, but it does make non-sense…

Mako

May 9th, 2012
10:43 am

Game Changer….dang this jerk sounds just like those Techie jerks who blast UGA anytime any way….bet you ain’t a UGA grad or even a fan, are you butt breath….

Game Changer

May 9th, 2012
10:43 am

As long as UGA fans continue to flip flop, no ” GAME CHANGE ” will occur.

GA football: stuck at 5 to 7 best each year in SEC
GA basketball: stuck at the bottom of SEC each year
GA baseball: good accomplishments in past but not tracking in good directions again in 2012

Question: If failure has been occuring and you are hired as AD and after two years failure continues, what has to occur for changes to be made. ( GA 2011, 5th best football team in SEC out of 12 )

Firing a gymnastics coach to try to make a point is LAUGHABLE

DawginLex

May 9th, 2012
10:47 am

The Ga coaches have been all over the southeast and even on the west coast during the last few months yet they are lazy?

I can name 15 schools in the states of GA and FLA that our staff has personally attended spring practice in the last 3 weeks yet they are lazy?

Once again, I have facts to completely blow up the crap that the idiots spew.

Game Changer

May 9th, 2012
10:48 am

@kingdaddy you adjusted quote

I may not agree with CMR all the time, but I let him crap day-in and day-out! No Doggie would, it doesn’t make Dawg-sense, but it does make a pile of sht…

RTR22

May 9th, 2012
10:49 am

Kingdaddy you make a big deal over CNS losing to LM his first yr in 2007? Does that somehow make your underachieving Dawgs feel better lol? The body of work includes 55 wins in 5 years, 2 undefeated regular seasons, 2 national championships, 1 SEC title and another SEC record of 48 wins in 4 years. Please layout the little doggie resume for the same time period, OR historically PLEASE identify one area regarding team wins where Ga is in front of UA. JUST ONE!!!!!!

HighTech

May 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Neutral…psycho-troll is an appropriate name. That’s funny they would compliment each other on a blog. WnE loves CMR while TB seems to hate him. Hatred and jealousy have consumed WnE. Like someone else said, he kind of reminds me of Gollum, except there is no evidence that Wrecks ever had anything worthwhile.

Crimson Crush

May 9th, 2012
11:02 am

@Paddy … if you could be a little clearer on the source of your apparent confusion about my post … I might be able to address it .

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2012
11:05 am

Did he really make a big deal about it, or did he mention it and others made a big deal about it? Case in point, you.