Mark Richt comments on UGA’s JC signees
UGA is expected to have its largest signing class in more than a decade, with 30-35 in February. On Thursday, Mark Richt commented on two junior college players that signed with the Bulldogs this week.
- DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 330, Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college. Richt: “Chris Mayes of course is a guy we signed earlier and then he had to go the junior college route. If I’m not mistaken, I think Chris played his freshman year and the second year he redshirted. I’m pretty sure. I think he’s got three years to play three, like (Mark) Beard did. And that’s starting to happen more and more in the junior college ranks, which I think is fantastic for these guys. For a guy like that to come in and have three years of eligibility after graduating from junior college — and graduating at the midyear — (means) a guy gets spring ball and three seasons. It’s really about as good as it gets … He’s a big noseguard — well, D-lineman. I don’t know if he’ll end up being the nose or not, but he can play inside. He’s about a 330-pounder and a very athletic kid. He’s a guy that we really liked out of high school and we’re just glad that he’s with us now.”
- WR Chris Rumph, 6-5, 220, Holmes junior college. Richt: “He’s very fast, he’s an explosive athlete and he’s going to come in and compete for playing time immediately like we expect for him to. When we bring junior college guys in, we really do expect them to compete right away for playing time. Jonathon, he’s a very talented guy and we’re glad we got him.” On whether comparing Rumph to Cordarelle Patterson is applicable: “I don’t know about that. We’ll see. He’s a very talented guy, though. He’s had a very good junior college career. I think he’s got two years of eligibility left. I think the played the first two years, but we’ll give him an opportunity to go out there and make plays just like anybody. Every guy we sign, we’re going to give them that opportunity, but it’s nice for him to have that jump-start in the spring as well.”
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