Both UGA and Georgia Tech are receptive to any Penn State football players interested in transferring to their respective programs.
UGA is taking a more aggressive approach, at this point. UGA coach Mark Richt admitted that he and his staff had already studied Penn State’s two-deep roster at Monday evening’s “UGA Day” in Atlanta. Here’s some of what Richt said to the AJC’s Jeff Schultz and others (click here to read Jeff’s column):
“We do have some space available and if somebody fits a need and they’re excited about coming we would look into that possibility. There may not be anybody. But we’re at least going to explore. … I don’t want people to think we’re trying to load up a bunch of them. It could be zero, it could be one or two.”
UGA has plenty of roster space after signing only 19 recruits last February – having three enroll early and two others fail to qualify.
Richt pointed out that his staff does not have that many previous relationships with many Penn State players. However, UGA does have a huge inside connection on Penn State’s player personnel after the recent hiring of John Thomas, who ran Joe Paterno’s strength program for 20 years.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told the AJC on late Monday night, “If there are players that have interest, I’m sure we will look into it.”
“I haven’t thought about it much because we just got back from the [ACC Media Days]. Georgia probably has more scholarships than we do. We probably have a few [four] but we don’t have that many.
“We’ll probably talk it [on Tuesday] as a staff.”
What are your thoughts about Penn State transfers? And if UGA or Georgia Tech got any, what would be the biggest position of immediate need for each in-state program?
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