Posted: 4:01 pm Monday, January 27th, 2014

Mark Richt and Tech’s Paul Johnson show up at Norcross on same day 

By Michael Carvell

UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson were both at Norcross High School on Monday.

It’s not often when both head coaches of the in-state rivals are the same high school at the same time on the recruiting trail — especially less than 10 days before signing day.

The two coaches were at Norcross for different reasons.

Richt was at Norcross in the morning in advance for his in-home visit on Monday night with defensive end Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect. Carter has UGA, Florida, FSU and LSU as his leaders.

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Johnson was at Norcross to follow up on “athlete” Myles Autry, who took an official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. Johnson was accompanied by Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator, Ted Roof.

“It was good visit to Georgia Tech,” Autry said on Monday. “I had a great time. I had a great time with my mom. I got to hang out with my brother and stuff. Coach Johnson and Coach Roof are here at Norcross right now.”

Autry has narrowed down to Georgia Tech and FSU, and will announce between the two schools on signing day. Autry will make an official visit with FSU on Friday.

On a scale of 1-10, Autry awarded a “9” to his Georgia Tech trip because, “I had a great time there with my brother and my family.”

His older brother, Anthony Autry, plays wide receiver at Georgia Tech, and their mother wants them to stay together in college.

Autry reported to Georgia Tech last Friday afternoon, went back to Norcross on Saturday morning to take the SAT. He returned to his official visit that afternoon, and then finished the next morning with a one-on-one meeting on Sunday morning with Johnson.

“Coach Johnson feels like with the offense that they run, I fit best there,” said Autry, who plays both running back and wide receiver. “And if I went there, I could do some big things at Georgia Tech. They were telling me that I would really do well.”

Has Georgia Tech put any pressure on Autry to commit? “No, not really. They want me to talk to my mom, and make the right decision.”

Unlike the surrounding states of Florida, Alabama and Tennessee, UGA and Georgia Tech rarely go head-to-head in recruiting homegrown players. There was only one 2014 player from Georgia where that happened (Brooks County High School defensive back Malkom Parrish).

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65 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Frankly, neither coach should be expected to coordinate their calendar with the other, so why can't you focus on the reason(s) for visit and stop trying to create a story out of nothing?????

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

Richt was there recruiting.


Johnson was there for a fish fry.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

MC Hammer... (an open letter) thank you for another excellent UGA recruiting blog column. Keep those Bammer fans on the run. God bless America and your blog.

RBR
RBR

Here's our luck....we let Charles Kelly go to FSU and he ends up the DC who ends up visiting our top recruit's home and Austry's commitment to GT hinges on this visit.  Wow, how the circle of life can bite arse...  I just find this amusing..... we just cant catch a break and I'm not sure how to fix it.  I'm not a college football coach but common sense tells me to CHANGE it up a bit.  





DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Will Tech ever beat UGA again? With the way recruiting is going and now that we have a real defensive staff....it doesn't look too good for Tech

Dawg350
Dawg350

Nc dawg

I agree.....so many worthless trolls on these blogs!

NCDawg
NCDawg

Just look at this BS.  The blog isn't even about anything close to this crap.  It is a insert at the end of the blog.  And predictably, the Bammers go bonkers because they don't like having their recruiting policies broadcast all over the place because they are worried that the NCAA may just decide to end the practice and then they would be up the creek.  


Face it, the practice is not against the rules but it's shady.  And if you don't like it being called that then either have your administration stop it or just grow some thicker skin.  There will always be those of us who won't back down from calling it what it is.  I don't mince word with shady business practices either.  For some people how you make the buck doesn't matter.  It is the same thing here.

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

The comments on the Bammer board rationalizing cuting "amateur" athletes makes most on the boards sound sane. It just hammers home the fact that Bammer and Saban are completely out of line w/ what college football should be about. If these players are going to get "squeezed" out of the schools by the next "big thing" then logically they should form a union to protect student-athlete rights then look to institute a pay for play. Bammer and Saban will be the ruin of college football, just sitback and watch.

TheItalianDawg
TheItalianDawg

Winning and cheating are the best formula to convince top recruits. Unfortunately for mark Richt he doesn’t do any of them. Nick Saban does both cheating and winning. does cheating means breaking the NCAA rules, not necessarily but dishonesty with recruits is one form. Mark Richt must start winningbig to convince top recruits if he wants to keep his integrity.

gbal
gbal

#Bama may have to cut as many as 7 current football players to fit all 2014 recruits, per #Bama website --> http://bit.ly/1jXi9Ya


Read the Bama recruits. If you don't make the starting lineup, you could be one of 7... and that degree would be pretty important.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

It's funny that you planned a trip right when your alleged favorite team the buckeyes were taking on Clemson....why didn't you go to the game for....and went to Jamaica some other time? That's right because you're are really a tech fan!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

the very mention of alabama makes me want to vomit.  there dispicible actions are a disgrace.  the only thing that makes me feel better is when i see there 2 game loosing streak is all they have to show for it.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wet wooley

Nobody cares for Bama on here....when are y'all playing olkahoma again??? Lmao!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...carvell at it again with Bama and recruiting. Well it has worked well for you these past 4 years sport. Mean ole Nick Saban. Karmar gone so we're down to 6 already. One will go medical so we're at 5 and we haven't even told anybody to leave just yet.   I love the part about Richt and his 5 year scholly. Hell the guy can't keep 60 on his roster already.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Lorenzo Carter is a big guy at already 6'5 and 232 pounds. He will add a lot more weight in the college strength and conditioning program to play around 260-270 pounds possibly. He will be a monster DE in our 3-4 defense. I feel that he is all Georgia. Richt and Pruitt will make sure of it and close the deal today. They will not leave without giving their all to get him in red and black in the fall. 

TheItalianDawg
TheItalianDawg

Mark Richt promised every recruit that UGA will gurantee his scholarship for 5 full years, no matter what. Nick saban on the other hand does not and still get the top recruits. Nick saban will cut off the players who dont perform which I think is a dishonest philosophy, close to NFL treatment but very effective for the program. look at Georgia's roster Im sure there are 7-10 guys are absolute bust and should be kicked out. so I wont be surprised to see few players kicked out or pushed to transfer from Bama's roster.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@RBR Many TECH fans wanted to keep KELLY. When you hire from within some coaches are hurt and leave so TECH chose to get a Proven DC and let him make his own staff. So far it looks like FSU is keeping most of their D staff. That has surprised me but I guess a National Championship helps keep the staff together for a second.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt YES Tech will beat the Mutts. Will UGa ever graduate a starting defensive player that can read one of his textbook from start to finish? With the recruits we see it doesn't look good.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

@NCDawg ... Bammers are always sensitive about negative recruiting news because they're afraid some local  recruit will read about it on Carvell's blog.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

NCDawg...sport you full of sheet! 24/7/365.....don't you ever grow tired of your endless B/S!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

and the Rev Richt can't even keep 85 on his roster due to arrest etc. You signed 35 last dayum year sport just incase you missed NSD.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@gbal That's unreal turnover - almost 10%.  Wonder how that stacks to other seedy schools.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawg350 You obviously did not look up 18 degrees North Latitude. The trip had been planned dating back to March 2013. Butt Wipe. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Dawg350 ...no doubt that is a lot of ash for you to laugh off! 1980...laugh that off sport. The rest of college football laughs at  your endless spring NC banners you hang. Beat Vandy and then call us.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawg350 Nobody cares for 350 on here either. Jut saying.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

What are you complaining about? MC simply referenced the Bammer nation blog. The author of the article even used the word "cut" to describe the necessary reduction of players should Alabama sign a full class. If it sounds negative to you, then maybe it is. MC should put you Bammers in the 'cruiting corner.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie hey WetWussy... we currently have 74 recruited scholarship players on our roster.  That is minus anyone walkons and the departed seniors.  So you can take your 60 and shove it.  You Bammers and your indignation over having a shady practice called for what it is can shove it too.  If it bothers you so badly then don't come to these blogs any more.  It's really quite simple.



RollingTide
RollingTide

@TheItalianDawg Let's take it one step further then......how bad does the UGA football program look when these kids KNOW about mean ole Saban...yet they continue to sign with Bama?  Should MC start tweeting in ALL CAPS so these recruits can FINALLY see what the evil Bama empire is all about?  Sure hope the secret never gets out!!!

ARobky
ARobky

POAD , not much of a reply there. Would you complain about a highly touted recruits academic skills if he was our recruit? I doubt it.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@POAD2013 @Dawg350 a troll is someone like you johnny...a poster who barges in on a certain teams story and does nothing but throw bombs...CONSTANTLY...EVERY story on said team...negative comments, absolutely NO objectivity...someone who is unreasonable in the debate...face it buddy, you and your pal buckeye are UGA trolls...you two are tek fans OBSESSED with UGA...that's my definition of a troll...go dogs

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

And that has what to do w/ Bammer cutting players? That has what to to do w/ Saban skirtting the ethical line? Thats right its only about NC at Bammer to hell w/ doing whats right by the young men. Thats the Bammer way, but why expect any different from such an inbrrd state.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@THEBuckeye@Dawg350 

Yeah don't listen to that nonsense 350 is talking.  Everyone knows you were at Lake Lanier Islands with Bucky Jr and the KY.  .  

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

And nobody cares for you but the mentally ill....so that would be yourself and anybody that likes you! Haha!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@RollingTide@TheItalianDawg- they know but not one of their monster egos will ever let them honestly think it could be them.  Every single one of them thinks they are as good as or better than the other guy so NO they will still sign thinking they can make the cut.


So how hard were you crying when Auburn beat you because the mighty Saban screwed up?  How hard were you crying when yet another team running tempo ripped that mighty Sban defense to shreds?

Just asking...

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ARobky Well doubt it all you want but you would be wrong.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy I started on topic and about the article. Others started the vitriol.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dewnsav

YES I deny that.

What is with the GAY stuff? Is that how all you people get? You some kind of homophobe? UGa has a lot of gay students you are offending. Sorry my King is not in the White House.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Dewnsav,

Johnny thinks Denial is a river in Egypt! He knows the truth, just doesn't seem to care. I wish I really understood why he can't see that we see through him. Makes me sad that he doesn't understand us..

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@POAD2013 @Dawg350 blah, blah, blah johnny,,,so you deny you go on ANY story, (recruiting blog, UGA blog, SEC blog) that has UGA in it and throw bombs at and trash UGA ?? simple yes or no johnny...and don't give me the White House spin like your King who resides there...get real man...now jump back in the sack with buckeye...troll...go dogs

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dewnsav

This POST/BLOG has UGa's Richt & GT's Johnson mentioned so a TECH fan posting is not at Troll you Dumb Azz butt sniffer.  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Carvell might carry the water for the leg humpers but nobody outside even knows the punk. He has so much pull that Bama has a hardtime trying to finish #1 each year in recruiting. Hell UGA can't even sign the best players in your own state!