Richt thinks a lot of recruits ‘are close to pulling the trigger for Georgia’

As you know, NCAA rules don’t permit coaches to talk publicly about specific recruits. But speaking in generalities, Mark Richt made it clear to a Bulldog Club gathering in Macon that he thinks things are going very well on the recruiting trail for Georgia this spring.

“I think we’ve got a tremendous class started,” Richt said. “I think we have a tremendous amount of interest from the best players in this state and a lot of great players around this country, mostly Southeast but a few guys a little bit further away.

“And there are a lot of guys that I think are close to pulling the trigger for Georgia. So the recruiting front looks outstanding.”

He said he’s impressed with the recruiting work of his three new defensive coaches.

“One thing I like about Coach [Todd] Grantham and the new staff,” Richt said, “is I think they’ve done a great job of knowing exactly what they want by position and are able to look at that film and . . . make a decision: Should we or should we not [offer]?”

Two in-state players being recruited by Georgia for its 2011 signing class, East Hall DE/OLB  Sterling Bailey and Mitchell County WR Justin Scott-Wesley, plan to announce their college choices Friday night and Saturday, respectively. The AJC’s Chip Towers will be on hand for both announcements. FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Bailey committed to Georgia.  Chip’s report is here.

213 comments Add your comment

Papadawg

May 14th, 2010
9:13 am

Bring those Bullpups on in and let’s win some football games

true fan

May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

thank god papa dawg isn’t like the immature ones out there by saying first. I m with you brotha I m ready to see the dawgs win some games. Defense will shock the world this year book it.

318 Dawg

May 14th, 2010
9:20 am

Great news. Can’t wait for the practices to start :)

SEC fan

May 14th, 2010
9:21 am

With UGA’s arrest record, the headline makes a poor choice.

Blind Dawg

May 14th, 2010
9:21 am

I for one am sick of the hot seat BS. Only the AD, school prez, and about the top 5% of doners can put a coach on the hot seat – and let me tell you, that’s not happening. ESPN, this blog, and radio can’t do it -period. Good job coach! Keep up the good work.

jaglaw

May 14th, 2010
9:24 am

The real proof will be next year. UGA needs to play great this year and get back the swagger they had 00′-05′. Impress some kids this year, on the field, and the players will come hereafter.

Army Chaplain in Iraq

May 14th, 2010
9:25 am

I haven’t been this excited for a season in a while. I hope we get the top recruits in GA this year. God Dawgs.

USAFdawg202

May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

SEC fan, take a look at the arrest and remind me how many were firearm related? I think you meant to post this on the Gainesville Sun website or the Knoxville Sun maybe…

Worm

May 14th, 2010
9:29 am

Let’s hope this comes to fruition..This year could go a long way toward providing us a solid foundation for the coming years..GATA

Will

May 14th, 2010
9:31 am

UGA scholarships are filling up fast and these guys know it. Look for both to commit to UGA. I also predict the entire class will be committed by early fall.

chipperdawg

May 14th, 2010
9:32 am

Hope we get some more Big Uglies on both sides of the ball.
And I, too, hope more of the best homegrown talent desides to stay home and play for my Beloved Dawgs!!

Glory Glory

May 14th, 2010
9:33 am

Somebody remind me who Sterling Bailey is again?

kevin

May 14th, 2010
9:33 am

WWW

May 14th, 2010
9:47 am

So, crime is expected to increase with this recruiting class ??

Oh well, new year, same ol sh*t from athens.

RGB

May 14th, 2010
9:48 am

Given the propensity of college athletes to have run-ins with the law, I probably wouldn’t use the expression “there are a lot of guys that I think are close to pulling the trigger”.

KC in Athens

May 14th, 2010
9:50 am

SEC fan, as a die hard Dawg fan I can assure you that you’re comments were completely funny! I can take the punches, especially when they make me laugh.

WWW

May 14th, 2010
9:51 am

Please excuse me for my weak, negative comments. I have nothing in my little world to cheer about, so I thought I’ll just needle someone.

suwaneedawg

May 14th, 2010
9:51 am

The future looks so bright for UGA, Richt has to wear shades. This team will be rolling like a freight train by 2011.

PTC DAWG

May 14th, 2010
9:52 am

Always good to know the fans of other teams are so concerned. Keep up the useless work for yourself.

CUNK ROGERS

May 14th, 2010
9:53 am

Great job CMR, CTG, CRG and the rest of the staff. Good things are about to happen folks so jump on the wagon now and enjoy the ride!

Brian

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

I would like to announce that I commit to the University of Georgia. I have not had an official coaches visit, or an offer, but just because I am 36 and not in playing shape does not mean I am any less committed to the program.

Papadawg

May 14th, 2010
9:58 am

All you powder puffs who keep bringing up the DAWGS arrest records, please tell me what school your’re pulling for so I’ll know where all the choir boys are going

tenn.DAWG

May 14th, 2010
10:03 am

It’s great to see all the in state interest.If the best stay home and play with home grown pride,the ships will come.Good to see a sense of urgency in the coaching staff.

gt4ever

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am

What is he supposed to say…. Recruiting is just terrible. I mean, come on people….. UGA has some of the best recruits every year, and look what happens…… They are either recruiting the wrong guys or there ability to coach them is suspect…. You take your pick… I hope Richt is at UGA forever!!!

RxDawg

May 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Welcome aboard Brian!

Dawgrulz

May 14th, 2010
10:09 am

GT4ever, considering CMR is 8-1 against GT you should feel good. 30-24, glad it hurts so bad.

82Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:11 am

gt4ever …just wondering why would you want someone who you have only beaten once in 9 years to stay?

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Hey gt4ever – that sorry coaching kicks tech around the field every year! 30-24! What bowl is Goober gonna lose for you guys this year?

toph

May 14th, 2010
10:12 am

I think this weekend will really start the ball rolling for UGA.

gt4ever

May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

Great accomplishment Dawgrulz, considering that UGA is top 10 every year, and GT has rarely ever seen the top 10 in recruiting… On top of that we are competing every year, with a very good chance to win…. So, you keep drinking you grape koolaid…..

TheNumber34

May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

GT4ever….looks like whatever coach Richt is doing is good enough to pound you guys into submission for the last 8 years out of 9. And, with the 3-4 installed, any potential for GT to have success against UGA just got more difficult. Only teams that throw effectively will be able to test the soundness of Grantham’s defense.

RDR

May 14th, 2010
10:14 am

gt4ever

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am
What is he supposed to say…. Recruiting is just terrible. I mean, come on people….. UGA has some of the best recruits every year, and look what happens…… They are either recruiting the wrong guys or there ability to coach them is suspect…. You take your pick… I hope Richt is at UGA forever!!!

WELCOME BACK TO EARTH gt4. WHILE ON YOUR INTERPLANETARY VOYAGES, YOU APPARENTLY MISSED THAT THE DAWGS HAVE FINISHED IN THE TOP 10, 6 OUT OF THE LAST 9 YEARS; HAVE ONE 2 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PLAYED IN 3 OVER THE LAST 9 YEARS; AND HAVE DEFEATED THE NERDS FROM TECH 8 OUT OF THE LAST 9 YEARS!!! I’D SAY CMR HAS DONE A GREAT JOB!!!! YEAH, WE HOPE HE’S AT UGA FOREVER TOO.

gt4ever

May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

You guys are sooooo funny….. A reject for a DC, this is too much!

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Looking forward to seeing Grantham’s D Between the Hedges this fall!

TATER TOT

May 14th, 2010
10:16 am

Lets rejoice to the lord as God looks over them and leads them to the golden age of rocking and rolling……Now time for a bee-ya

Ropedawg

May 14th, 2010
10:19 am

Apparently to gt4ever, close but no cigar is good enough. Sounds like you’re ok in the fact that Mark Richt has NEVER lost against GT on the road, and only once in the last decade at home. Sure, some of those wins were close games, but don’t forget the 51+ beatdown. Not all the games were that close, and CMR’s single loss to GT was by a field goal. I hope Mark Richt stays at UGA for a very long time too.

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
10:20 am

Yeah your coachs are rejects, who’s the DC there now? Can he still see the field?

Huh?

May 14th, 2010
10:20 am

gt4ever – a reject at DC? Didn’t your new DC just get FIRED from Virginia? Must be pretty bad to get fired from UVA. Pot meet kettle…

gdawginkalamazoo

May 14th, 2010
10:23 am

SEC Fan, LMAO! Good call out on the headline dude.

Glad to see the new DC coming in and taking care of business. Looks like evaluating and getting the right people on the field is the priority now.

1eyedJack

May 14th, 2010
10:24 am

Better than a washed up old DC with a matching drool cup.

Morrus

May 14th, 2010
10:27 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Stinger

May 14th, 2010
10:31 am

Why is he pleased? He will just coach them down to 1 star players.

82Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:31 am

Morrus …..uh wrong board …………………

82Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:32 am

Stinger ……….see you are trolling again, nothing happening in nerd world I guess.

Casey

May 14th, 2010
10:33 am

Who is Grantham?

Crumpytizers

May 14th, 2010
10:35 am

Hey dawwwwwwgs fans… you wanna know my favorite game????

THE BLACKOUT

Delusional Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:36 am

It won’t matter.

Fair and Balanced

May 14th, 2010
10:36 am

Has GA ever reported a bad recruiting class? I don’t think so. Show us the money in the Fall!

FRED

May 14th, 2010
10:37 am

Get all the good ones? We still got to get someone to coach them!

FRED

May 14th, 2010
10:37 am

Get all the good ones? We still got to get someone to coach them!