Posted: 2:51 am Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Lamont Gaillard: Top UGA recruit ‘inks’ his loyalty to the Bulldogs 

By Michael Carvell

UGA has hired a new defensive coordinator but the Bulldogs probably never had to worry that much about losing the team’s top defensive recruit for this year.

Why’s that?

Because the 4-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard has “Georgia Bulldogs” tattooed on his arms.

It’s in big (I mean, gigantic) letters across both forearms; “Georgia” is on his right, while “Bulldogs” was printed on his left.

If you look close enough, you can see Lamont Gaillard's new ink of loyalty to the "Georgia Bulldogs" on his Under Armour All-America game football card

If you look close enough, you can see Lamont Gaillard’s new ink of loyalty to the “Georgia Bulldogs” on both forearms in his Under Armour All-America game football card

“He got it done during the season, and I guess you could say he really likes the Georgia Bulldogs,” said Bill Sochovka, Gaillard’s coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C.

Because Gaillard is such a highly-rated recruit, he is a priority for UGA. In fact, Mark Richt will make one of his first recruiting appearances after the completion of the NCAA dead period for an in-home visit with Gaillard and his mother on Friday. Richt will be at the school around 2 p.m.

UGA defensive line coach Chris Wilson, depending on his status with the Bulldogs after the coaching changes, is scheduled to make the recruiting trip with Richt. Gaillard was initially recruited by another UGA assistant, John Lilly, but Wilson has handled most of it since last spring.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Gaillard committed to UGA over Clemson and Alabama last July. Other schools have pretty much left him alone since then.

“LSU talked to him when they were looking at another kid in our playoff game but they figured out pretty quickly that Lamont is pretty set on UGA and that he’s not going anywhere,” Sochovka said. “Everybody has been pretty respectful of his commitment.”

Maybe the other colleges saw the tattoos?

Gaillard was UGA’s top-rated prospect and a potential 5-star candidate until he was dropped in the final rankings by some recruiting services (Top spot is now held by Malkom Parrish). Gaillard had a rough week at the Under Armour All-America practices, where analysts labeled him as “overweight” and “out of shape” in a detailed scouting report you can read HERE.

Gaillard was ruled out of the ESPN-televised game just before kickoff due to a back injury.

“He was overweight,” Sochovka said. “In the first few games, he was out of shape. He got a little heavier this year. But I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that he wanted to get himself to the point where he was used to playing with that weight at the next level. Ironically, if you look at highlight tape this year, by the middle of our season, his first step was just as good as before.  To me, he was more impressive this year because was coming off the ball with the added weight.

“When he lost 10 or 15 pounds, he was playing at 300 or 305 pounds, which was much more heavier than last year when he was at 285 or 290. So he played bigger but his first step was better than I thought it would be with the added weight. He had some pretty big games for us when we started playing our conference schedule. I think he will develop well at Georgia.”

OTHER RECRUITING TIDBITS

  • The biggest UGA recruiting question right now is this: Who will new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt try to recruit from FSU? Maybe nobody. One of FSU’s top commits, defensive end Blake McClain of Jacksonville, said Pruitt called him at 4 p.m. Tuesday to say, “Florida State is the place for you to go,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. “(Pruitt) wished me the best of luck. It just shows he is a real upstanding guy, and I really do appreciate that call.”
  • UGA could make a run at Stockbridge High School cornerback Kendarius Webster, who passed on UGA when he committed to Ole Miss. Webster is scheduled to take an official visit to FSU (Pruitt’s previous employer) and told 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams, “(Pruitt’s hiring) changes my mindset. And I hope that UGA still wants me.”
  • UGA’s top target at cornerback is M.L King High School’s Wesley Green. On late Monday night, Walton High School cornerback DJ Smith committed to South Carolina. Did that help UGA’s chances with Green?  “I don’t know if it’s going to impact Wesley because he knows what South Carolina has in the defensive secondary right now; He knows the top three players are gone,” M.L. King coach Cortez Allen said. “Either way, he understands he can’t be the only corner there. There’s not going to be just two of them (incoming recruits) because they’ve got to have some guys come in and compete for jobs. And then they have to have backups. I don’t know if (DJ Smith’s commitment) will deter him any.”
  • In case you didn’t know, UGA’s new defensive coordinator has never heard of  … asparagus?

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33 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Keendaddy.......it may not be that you have neglected your body all these years. It may be you are just like all the rest of us; when you are younger you believe you are invisible.  When you get older, you think it will only happen to the other guy.

Thomas Brown....thanks for the encouragement and the kind words.  I try to be reasonable until I get p-ssed off about something.  It usually does not last that long and I get back on course.  I can't praise the FSU doc's enough.  In my mind, they had to have an influence on helping that team be so successful this season.  They are not your typical cut and stitch guys.  They play well ahead of the curve!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

"One of FSU’s top commits, defensive end Blake McClain of Jacksonville, said Pruitt called him at 4 p.m. Tuesday to say, “Florida State is the place for you to go,” according to the Orlando Sentinel."


Exactly what I have always done, what I would have done, and what I always will do.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Keendaddy.....had both my knees replaced this year. (left April 26 & right Dec 17) .  Already back to work as of last week.  Hang in there and do the rehab hard. Traveled to Tallahassee to have them done by the FSU team doc's.  They used something called the Oxford knee and it is working out great.

BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

keendaddy
keendaddy

One thing about the POADSTER, he's consistent, lol...

POAD2013
POAD2013

I don't like the TAT so early but that is his choice. That is like an 18 year old getting a RANGER PATCH tattoo on his shoulder a few weeks before his enlists in the Army.

keendaddy
keendaddy

I'll take this kid and his passion any day. He will get in shape and will be a force in the middle for year's...

TU
TU

Hope trainers can relieve the back injury. Hard to bow up without good leverage.


MesaDawg
MesaDawg

Impressed w/Pruitt's character encouraging FSU recruits to stick w/their decision to play at FSU, whereas, PSU new HC Franklin has raided the Vandy list of recruits and taken about 6 w/him to PSU.  What a 2 faced liar he is. recall he railed at recruits that changed their commitments and said they were not "men".  Great example he sets for young men.  Creep.

CliffClavin
CliffClavin

Other schools probably stopped recruiting him because he regressed and hasn't been impressive, and not because they respect his commitment to UGA.

96JB
96JB

Really really hope Coach Wilson is retained. Good coach and good recruiter.

Lambert Dawg
Lambert Dawg

This kid has a great motor and gets after the ball.  Heard him speak and he seems very humble.  With some coaching Lamont will become a force in the middle. Can't wait to see him develop between the hedges.

DrPhill
DrPhill

That is one big kid.  Pruitt is sure to be an improvement over Grantham, but I wonder why Pruitt would make a lateral move from a National Championship program?

BrownDog
BrownDog

Right as usual, Moist. Once Reuben Foster inked up, he went into his bedroom and closed the door.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i approve of this young mans decision.  i wish wed encourage more of these recruts to get a tatoo it would definately keep players from looking other places.  chalk one more 4 star recrut to our new dc pruitt whos the elite program now??? LOL

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Welcome Mr. Gaillard to Georgia. You are the type Recruit we want at Georgia. Someone who commits to the School.  No games. Shows a lot of maturity.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Thanks Quackmeyer ! I hate getting older. I've taken my body for granted all these years and have been blessed with such wonderful health all my life. I stepped off a hip roof last year and thought I retore an ACL. Found out later it was separated cartilage in the knee. May take the VA orthopedic Doc a while to get to it. In the meantime, I miss my wheel. Thanks for the advice on the rehab brother...

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@Quackmeyer


Had family member have that done.  Sorry to hear about that Quackmeyer. Always enjoy reading your posts, sir.  Every time, I told him it was a pig's knee, he argued.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Actually Johnny, the kid was a top recruit by UGA and he would have been welcomed on signing day. You really think Georgia would turn him away, lol. As far as the inking goes, he wasn't looking for your approval...

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy You and MUSTANG doing well? Do you WINTER FISH? HOPE you are well and be safe.

96JB
96JB

@DrPhillI answer that PHill........Reported last night that Jimbo was only given $ 490,000 to spread among all 10 coach's for a raise. Pruitt was going to go from 500K to say 550K. He's 850K at UGA for 3 years......and this is a guy who was making 60K 5 years ago. Big to him. also UGA OL Coach Will Friend HIS is best friend. And, he's got the ring from FSU. He's heading toward HC material, and what better way than to turn UGa's defense around. He confident he can do it. Those are 3 reasons right there.

keendaddy
keendaddy

TB,

I'll probably get a jack@$$ es knee...

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy I didn't say anything BAD about the player. I just don't like INK until you ACHIEVE the goal before you get the INK.

Please stop hating everything I post when I'm not trying to be mean with a post.

Tattoo your child on you but don't get a tat with your girlfriend on you. Your kids are always yours but the women/men in your life tend to come and go.

If CROWELL did the UGa tat it would look dumb now. The Bama player with the Auburn TAT now looks STUPID. That is all I'm Saying.

KingDaddy....can you put on some LIPSTICK and kiss a Dew Drop Inn napkin and mail it to me?

I have a GT with Buzz on my right Hip/Butt and would LOVE to have your LIPS Kissing My Azz....LOL

keendaddy
keendaddy

We're doing pretty good Johnny. Having some issues with aggravating an old injury and can't get used to a bad wheel (knee). Not getting out on it any more than I have to right now...

CliffClavin
CliffClavin

@96JB @CliffClavin I'm a huge UGA fan and hope this kid turns out to be great. I just don't think schools tend be respectful of the recruits' committments. I think they back off for other reasons.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy MEDS? 

Jack Daniel's doesn't need a prescription...LOL

Now that Mr BEAN and Marker's Mark  have sold to a Japanese company I will have to get a NSA clearance to drink that stuff. LOL

keendaddy
keendaddy

Are you off your meds again?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Not sure what they are going to do yet. Separated cartilage in kneecap. May be hard to get VA to help..

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy you having the Knee replaced? Sorry to hear you are not out as much.the COLD of Winter makes the old injuries hirt more. Will you FEEL better in the warmer months?