Will UGA and Georgia Tech recruit Penn State transfers?

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.

Should UGA and Tech recruit Penn State transfers?

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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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Blackoutanyone?

July 24th, 2012
3:19 am

“Georgia probably has more scholarships than we do.” Did Paul Johnson take a shot at UGA there? I believe he did. Good for you PJ. You know it just seems wrong that a program like UGA with access to all the great in state HS talent would have to raid Penn State to fill out its roster.

qb/db

July 24th, 2012
3:20 am

gt WILL PROBABLY PLAY LIKE THEY ARE ABOVE RECRUITING PENN STATE PLAYERS BUT THEY SHOULD

garcia

July 24th, 2012
5:16 am

I heard that the players acquired from PSU can be given scholarships and that those scholarshps will not count agains the new school’s allotment. If this is true, GT should jump on this chance. Usually, PSU academic standards are pretty close to Tech’s.

Al Groh should be on a plane to PA to recruit a couple of defenders.

Neutral

July 24th, 2012
5:41 am

@blackout
Yes, GT has done a better job of retaining football players, but UGa does a better job retaining conference championships!

Augusta Jacket

July 24th, 2012
6:22 am

@ Garcia: The NCAA is willing to make a 1 year exception to the overall scholly limit to help PSU players who want to transfer, but the university who takes the transfer must deduct that scholly from next years total. If there is 1-2 good players wanting to transfer it might make sense. Otherwise, It creates an unbalanced class which CPJ is trying to avoid.

LagDawg

July 24th, 2012
6:52 am

I think they both should. UGA needs OL, DL, TE and DBs. It would definately be a good way to fill in all those vacant positions with some quality talent. The key being quality.

Game Changer

July 24th, 2012
7:00 am

GA Tech could get two defensive lineman and one linebacker from Penn St with experience they would become a top contender in 2012.

UGA should offer the whole starting offensive line of Penn St scholarships to UGA.

Both

July 24th, 2012
7:05 am

Both teams should look at 2-3 players that could help the team. Concentrate on them and let the cards fall where they fall. If they get them, good for them and the players.

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT!

July 24th, 2012
7:23 am

Hey ‘Blackoutanyone’, as long as we keep kicking your butts every November Paul Johnson can take as many shots in July as he wants.

chilidawg

July 24th, 2012
7:24 am

TommyP

July 24th, 2012
7:28 am

Georgia Tech players that are arrested are immediately turned over to campus police. UGA players do not have that option so it becomes public record.

Hence the biggest reason Georgia has more arrests than most programs.

collegeballfan

July 24th, 2012
7:34 am

TommyP

Your remark is factually incorrect. But if it makes you feel better, well then ………………………

chilidawg

July 24th, 2012
7:42 am

And we will probably give Khairi Fortt a call, too.

Sam

July 24th, 2012
7:49 am

I wouldn’t mind UGA going after a veteran PK. He would be able to play right away without adjusting to a system. Also, an OL, MLB, DB, and RB if they could provide depth this year. It would be difficult for anyone to come in an start.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 24th, 2012
7:58 am

It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to go for any juniors or seniors, unless you could do like Auburn did with Cam, and get a national championship for that year. Juniors and seniors would be eligible for the NFL after the year is over, so it would be a waste of a future scholarship for the following year unless, you could get a crystal ball.

Unodawg

July 24th, 2012
8:00 am

@ Blackoutanyone? You usually make some sense on here, but not this time. Though, I admit, that was a good dig at UGA by PJ, but UGA is in no way trying to fill out its roster with PSU kids. If UGA thinks it can get a good player (more likely an upper classman), then they might. But the coaches purposely signed a small class in 2012 knowing the huge amount of very good talent coming up in Georgia for 2013. That is why they planned on a really large class for 2013. Facts man facts.

Nachos: certified power drinker

July 24th, 2012
8:02 am

UGA will only recruit the PSU players players with criminal records…

Really now?

July 24th, 2012
8:04 am

“But the coaches purposely signed a small class in 2012 knowing the huge amount of very good talent coming up in Georgia for 2013. That is why they planned on a really large class for 2013.”

BAHAHAHA. It would have been an average sized class if not for the arrests, thefts, felonies, etc.

FACTS, MAN. FACTS.

Neutral

July 24th, 2012
8:04 am

I like the fact that we have a true “insider” with our new assistant coach. He would know every player at Penn State……just hope he was well liked!!!!

Neutral

July 24th, 2012
8:09 am

@Really now,
Are you a fan of GT where they lose conference championships due to obstructing NCAA investigations……or Bama where they have been on probation multiple times in the past few decades…..or……..?

DIT

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Penn state has many very good football players. They are the ones that should NOT be punished because their coaches were out of control and hide it up until this past year. PSU has a long, rich tradition. I would bet that every coach that has needs to be met on their football team will take a long look at these athletes.
My opinion would be that there would be something wrong with Richt and Johnson if they don’t take a look.

Unodawg

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

@Nachos, go find some cheese. UGA does not recruit criminals. But if they do commit a criminal act on the team, then they will be punished and could be released from team.

As a lesson for you, the Bonner kid that stole from UGA team members while on a recruiting trip, his scholarship offer was revoked. Tenn then picked him up. Find the correct school to pick at.

Unodawg

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

@Really now – why another dumb poster. The recruiting class was small regardless of felonies, thefts, arrests. And that is a fact.

Caleb king

July 24th, 2012
8:21 am

UGAg really retained the conference championship this year against LSU!

Whiskey Breath

July 24th, 2012
8:22 am

Richt could have waited to the vulchers clear out before he started sticking his zipper head in.
At least give Penn State the chance to keep their own players.
I question that Christian sign on his back.

DawginLex

July 24th, 2012
8:25 am

Whiskey

One thing we never question is how drunk and stupid you are.

Why do you even care about UGA stuff since you are a BIG BAMA man

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

According to the trolls, UGA is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. This means their opinion is “moot”. You know what they say (me), “You can never please a troll, so don’t even try, lol…”

DIT

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

“I question that Christian sign on his back.”

How’s that sign on your back?

DIT

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

W.B. – You are not a very bright individual if you think that Richt is the only one that has said that they would look at any players that plan on transferring out of PSU. How is that glass house you live in by the way?

Augusta Jacket

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

If Richt waits on the “vultures” to clear, all the prime candidates will be taken. Honestly, I see very few players transferring out of PSU simply due to the timing of this decision. It will be awfully hard for a player to transfer and win a starting position in a short time frame. Ultimately, NFL scouts will still attend PSU games and draft PSU talent.

Caleb king

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

UGAg will not win the SEC until LSU, Alabama, and others leave the SEC.

Whiskey Breath

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

It’s easy, I hate phony Christians. I think they are going to burn worst than any non Christian.

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
8:38 am

Whiskey
Why would any UPSkids want to play on a team and never get to go to a bowl? Got no answer for that, do you? Some of these kids “want” to move on and your VERTICALLY CHALLENGED Coach will pull schollys from deserving kids he has promised a scholarship to, just to go after some of these same Nitanny Lions you refer to, lol. What a hypocrite…

DIT

July 24th, 2012
8:40 am

Just Curious Whiskey – Are you calling Richt a phony Christian? If so, who or what are you comparing him to?

Bama Fan#2

July 24th, 2012
8:41 am

USC is after the running back Redd from PSU!!
The 2013 QB recruit from Virginia is very good
and hope Alabama would call him to see if wants
to play for NC’S!!! RTR GOING FOR 15!!

Not Logan Booker

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

“the recent hiring of John Thomas, who ran Joe Paterno’s strength program for 20 years.”

Uh oh Dwags. Might want to stay out of the shower with this guy around.

Augusta Jacket

July 24th, 2012
8:46 am

@ Kingdaddy, Not agreeing with Whiskey, but the reason a lot of PSU players will stay is that while bowl games are nice, NFL exposure is more important. Most “big-time” schools will already have established starters at their position. Transferring and starting in the same year will be tough for most. Some players who can slip immediately into a starting role will probably transfer, but the rest will stay and start to gain exposure to the NFL scouts that will still attend their games.

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
8:47 am

Whiskey
You of all posters on this blog judging CMRs Christianity, lol. Have you ever said a prayer for him if you’re so worried about his faith? You might want to save a prayer or two for you and your Head Coach Sport…

GT Rich

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

GT could use some experience on the D-line. Anyone else would be fighting to be back ups. No offense to UGA’s Malcom or the incoming freshmen, but they could use a quality RB with game experience.

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

AJ
I agree, but there’s plenty of time for sophomores and jrs. to come in and contribute and be recognized. Its going to happen wheather its UGA or UF etc…A senior kicker would be nice…

DIT

July 24th, 2012
9:07 am

@kingdaddy – good point about a kicker. Not sure what PSU has over there, but that would be a boost!

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Nobody knows, but I think given the chance, quite a few Penn St. kids will move. Unfortunately, their school is FUBAR and it was not their fault. No one can condemn them when they transfer. Loyalty shouldn’t be held over their heads like a club. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not their fault…

Bama Time

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Which players are top-tier SEC talent? When Alabama played them, it seemed that they did not have that many.

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
9:09 am

DIT
Yeah, this would give our kids a chance to season one year.(kicker)…

RTR22

July 24th, 2012
9:10 am

kingdaddy, hey Skippy please name the first kid CNS has pulled a scholly from, and do not use the rb from Atlanta. His scholly was not pulled as he was asked to greyshirt. Certainly not the same if you are smart enough to understand the difference.

Big Crimson 75

July 24th, 2012
9:13 am

They won 7 in a row And 9 of 11 after playing Bama last year.
They went 10 & 3 for the Season.
Their is talent somewhere on the roster.

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Bama time
You mean Coach Saban couldn’t “coach them up”???

kingdaddy

July 24th, 2012
9:24 am

Penn St. has plenty of talented kids that can play SEC ball. I feel bad for all the students and family at the University. They will survive, but they were crushed…

bucket

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Anyone who questions the authenticity of CMR’s faith has obviously not been around very many real Christians in their life.

GSUStud

July 24th, 2012
9:37 am

I can’t imagine any PSU players would be interested in a lower tier school like Ga Tech in a weak ACC conference. I can see those players wanting to play for an upper tier SEC school like UGA. The SEC is the strongest conference in the NCAA and would only improve their resume. Also, the academics are just as good in the SEC so it is not a matter of academics. Athens also is still the No. 1 college town in America so it’s a no brainer.