UGA, Georgia Tech looking to ‘discover’ prospects at summer camp

Are you a big-time college football prospect waiting to be “discovered” by UGA or Georgia Tech?

If so, it could happen this weekend. UGA has its “Dawg Night” prospect camp on Friday, while Georgia Tech will play host to “Yellow Jacket Football Camp” on Friday and Saturday.

Paul Johnson and Mark Richt are looking for a few good men this weekend (AJC)

Paul Johnson and Mark Richt are looking for a few good men this weekend (AJC)

Both colleges also had camps last month, with each “discovering” players that earned football scholarship offers.

Rico Johnson, a wide receiver from Swainsboro High School, committed on the spot to UGA after being offered at Mark Richt Camp. At Georgia Tech, Florida defensive back John Marvin committed to the Yellow Jackets a couple of weeks after a camp offer.

“You do learn a lot about a kid at these camps, and how he’ll compete,” Richt said. “You know, there’s going to be the Michael Bennetts of the world. He shows up, he kind of matches up with some of the best DB’s on our recruiting board, and he has a field day, you know? It was like ‘This guy is a player, and we’ve got to get this guy.’

“So there’s still some guys that will pop up and get on the radar that maybe didn’t have an offer going into camp. But a lot of them have been offered by us already. Another thing, too, is that you just don’t have upcoming seniors at these camps. You’ve got juniors and sophomores. You get to see a lot of you talent, too, that will allow you to put them on your recruiting board early.”

Richt also mentioned Clint Boling and Ben Jones as prospects who won camp offers.

Times are changing in the recruiting world. It was 7-8 years ago that many of the state’s top rising seniors would either earn or solidify a football scholarship offer on the summer circuit. Nowadays, with colleges forced to offer scholarships earlier and earlier to gain inside position against competing schools, many top prospects already have offers by the spring of their junior season. In other words, they already hold offers before the summer.

Which school will get more commits this weekend?

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However, Dawg Night and Yellow Jacket Football Camps are still extremely valuable because colleges can evaluate promising underclassmen, too.

“No doubt about that, I think Junior Days are going to turn into Sophomore Days,” Richt said. “By the time these guys are upcoming seniors, we’ll consider it a Junior Day. But you get to the point now where those guys need more one-on-one attention and have unofficial visits where it’s just them. The group settings are going to be catered more to the guy who is going to be a high school junior or sophomore.”

What do you think? Did you like the old days when many rising seniors had to earn offers at camp? Or do you like the way things have evolved with earlier offers?

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114 comments Add your comment

GaDawg

July 13th, 2012
11:13 am

GDawg

July 13th, 2012
11:14 am

First Go Dawgs GATA

headley lamar

July 13th, 2012
11:24 am

Soon they will be offering schollys to kindergardeners…..

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

July 13th, 2012
11:29 am

The Sophomore stuff is crazy…..They could be great players but WHO knows if they can even pass a class much less get a good grade on the ACT or SAT.

RTR22

July 13th, 2012
11:41 am

College fb is not headed in the right direction and that is not .a good thing. I have been watching over 40 yrs and it is not the game I grew up loving. Roll Tide

Beast from the East

July 13th, 2012
11:43 am

Need to start a pre-school camp to see which kids can dominate the sand-box.

GTJason

July 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

GT has like 5-6 spots left. We might get one this weekend, but I’m guessing we’re going to be a little more stingy with our offers until the top guys on our board commit to us or somewhere else.

chilidawg

July 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

Need big uglies…

HighTech

July 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

Doesn’t UGA still have more available scholarships than Tech? If so, I expect UGA will have more commits this weekend than Tech simply based on the numbers.

FL Jacket

July 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

Hopefully the guy for Tech this weekend is Jay Ellison…

say what?

July 13th, 2012
12:12 pm

Crazy. Will teams be recruiting a fetus next?

say what?

July 13th, 2012
12:13 pm

There’s a mad recruiting rush down at the sperm bank

7576DAWG

July 13th, 2012
12:16 pm

I have wondered if it was true that in a few years the players will have to have a 2.5 out of a 4.0 GPA. If this is true it will eliminate a lot of high school kids from playing division 1 football until their Junior year in college.

Riley

July 13th, 2012
12:18 pm

Didn’t Kiffin offer an 8th grader just a year or two ago?

Ramblin Man

July 13th, 2012
12:33 pm

7576DAWG,
Remember last year when Slive said he wanted to raise the admission standards for the SEC to 2.5 and the ADs and coaches went crazy.

Ramblin Man

July 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

Riley,
Yeah he is supposed to be some QB stud and commited to USC without ever playing a single game in High School. This would stop if schools were forced to honor these offers if the kids turn out not to be so great after all.

Delbert D.

July 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

Do AJC interns come up with these polls?

Cobb Dawg

July 13th, 2012
12:37 pm

How about a list of the top prospects expected to be at each camp?

tide roll

July 13th, 2012
12:49 pm

Clint Boling and Ben Jones. Are you kidding me! No wonder y’all can’t win. Richt’s a bozo.

Burdell

July 13th, 2012
1:06 pm

headley…is that some sort of German botanist club?

Laughing at tide roll

July 13th, 2012
1:26 pm

Both of these guys will be getting NFL checks, so I imagine they will have the last laugh.

By the way, tide roll

July 13th, 2012
1:35 pm

Shouldn’t you at least be faking disappointment at losing Foster to Auburn, so you could come off as an authentic Tide fan?

Need to do a better job of pretending, and yes, Bama fans do dislike Auburn more than UGA, so you might try that angle.

You are welcome for the free advice.

Holy Guacamole

July 13th, 2012
1:41 pm

The early offers and competition to be the first to “give them love” is making a circus out of the recruiting process. I am sure that the coaching staffs would love to have the process simplified so that only rising seniors go to camps and only rising seniors get offers and all underclassmen are off limits to the universities. That might help to stop all of the “hat trick” and “commit/decommit” drama along with the news conferences that these teenagers are having with the willingly complicit press. Be nice if it helped grown men on this blog to quit acting like asses if a prospect doesn’t choose their university, too. Naw, that ain’t going to ever happen.

Frank Lane

July 13th, 2012
1:49 pm

I think that I am a curmudgeon. I like everything the way it used to be more than it is today.

Not Disappointed!

July 13th, 2012
1:57 pm

Just wow! Cant they at least wait until the 11th grade?!

Good luck Georgia Tech and Georgia!

BLT

July 13th, 2012
1:59 pm

“kindergardeners…..”

Children gardeners? Kinderspiel…

tide roll's tutor

July 13th, 2012
2:01 pm

Today’s lesson
Find out who Barrett Jones is, where he went to high school, and his ethnicity, so you will not embarrass true Bama fans.

Nick

July 13th, 2012
2:03 pm

Thanks for the article on UGA and GT with only quotes from Mark Richt. Seems fair and balanced.

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

July 13th, 2012
2:09 pm

Nick….Paul Johnson doesn’t care much for the AJC reporters or 680theFan DJ’s cause their DAWG Love comes shinning through.

RHall55

July 13th, 2012
2:24 pm

With UGA having so many scholarships to offer this year, they better not take the wait and see attitude…..CMR should have closed the deal on Foster weeks ago….that would have ignited a big Dawg Nite…..if they come away with less than (5) commitmentts, CRG needs to go work for Golden Corral…..also, if CWF gets less than (3) OL commits then UGA needs to start looking for a different OL Coach….he has trouble recruiting in this conference, evident of only (3) LOI’s for last year!!

BLT

July 13th, 2012
2:27 pm

“Thanks for the article on UGA and GT with only quotes from Mark Richt. Seems fair and balanced.”

Richt has the spray on tan and the Helen Hunt looks. Plus everything is going great in Athens. Another MNC is in the bag. Just ask Superdwag, he’s getting all puffed up!

Holy Guacamole

July 13th, 2012
2:27 pm

RHall55 – UGA is in better shape than last year when they had 5 guards as the first team OL and no depth or backups. But, you are right, they need more (at least three).

GTDog

July 13th, 2012
2:39 pm

I suspect T. Matthews will be the next flip to AU…

Paddy

July 13th, 2012
2:40 pm

There is that 6th grader in Ky that everyone is talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HighTech

July 13th, 2012
3:06 pm

BLT

July 13th, 2012
2:27 pm
“Thanks for the article on UGA and GT with only quotes from Mark Richt. Seems fair and balanced.”

Richt has the spray on tan and the Helen Hunt looks. Plus everything is going great in Athens. Another MNC is in the bag. Just ask Superdwag, he’s getting all puffed up!
———————————————
All puffed up with nowhere to go. That’s why he’s Football Guru Gollum’s S&C Coach.

Holy Guacamole

July 13th, 2012
3:13 pm

Kind of interesting and telling. This article is about Tech and UGA and for the most part, the only coach bashing going on is bashing the coach with the winningest head to head record of the two. Sort of tells you who is reacting and their maturity level.

Bubbatavious

July 13th, 2012
3:18 pm

Need some corn fed ,born and bred Jawga boys real fast! Our O line stinks……..

kingdaddy

July 13th, 2012
3:23 pm

Rhall55
All Dawg fans want more big uglies, but all you can do is offer a scholly, then its up to them. Richt offered RF, what did you want him to do , pay him or maybe threaten his family if he didn’t play at UGA? I want to see more OLs, but I don’t constantly cry about it. You’re making the school look bad with all your constant bashing. It’s almost like you want us to fail so you can say I told you so. Sorry bro, but you need to lighten up a little.. we both want UGA to win…

BLT

July 13th, 2012
3:28 pm

Holy Guacamole

July 13th, 2012
3:13 pm

You don’t read the Tech board much do you?

Or are you conveniently forgetting the insults directed towards Tech and it’s staff?

Remember that Tech boards have to be shut down for comments because of all the Tech bashing.

Sort of telling about someone’s selective memory.

marietta eagle

July 13th, 2012
3:30 pm

Why did you use G T name 98% of article was all ga. bull dogs Same old AJC Does GT or ga campus in atl.?

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

July 13th, 2012
3:33 pm

UGa is not the only team offering this Big Ugly. Thing is they are wearing the red&black already. That could be a sign.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=359680384102425&set=a.208994629171002.49708.208877045849427&type=1&theater

BLT

July 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

“superDawg”

July 11th, 2012
9:21 pm

“yep puffed up with no where to go is the gt way.”

Like this Mr. Guacamole. Should I go and find one of your gems?

kingdaddy

July 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

What’$ up Smar-t?
You know when someones talking about tech, it’$ usually doesn’t turn out very good, anyway it didn’t say much of anything about either school. This article was just to ease MCs conscience anyway, lol…

kingdaddy

July 13th, 2012
3:50 pm

MC
To answer your question: NCAA should only allow seniors with a min.GPA to be recruited. This may encourage the younger kids to study and not be influenced by schools only intrested in a kids ability to play ball. Going after younger and youñger kids has become a joke. Where will it stop???

BLT

July 13th, 2012
3:53 pm

“Crap”

July 10th, 2012
10:35 am

“Jacket Jack—f”

I found this pearl of wisdom Mr. Holier than thou Guacamole. Tell us what it speaks to?

Holy Guacamole

July 13th, 2012
3:56 pm

Smart person – that is the funniest thing that I have seen all day! Good work!

BLT – stop whining.

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

July 13th, 2012
4:04 pm

HOLY…. here is Grantham welcoming the young kids the the UGa football camp…..

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=366514433382333&set=a.345621422138301.84718.273879369312507&type=1&theater

What a Sales Pitch to a High School freshman.

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

July 13th, 2012
4:06 pm

ryan

July 13th, 2012
4:09 pm

New commit for UGA first for DawgNight S Quincy Mauger has committed to UGA more to come .

Bubbatavious

July 13th, 2012
4:09 pm

Hope Howdy Doody can discover a Big Time College Football Coach for UGA.