Posted: 11:16 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Tavon Ross: Missouri commit meets with Mark Richt 

By Michael Carvell

UGA’s Mark Richt has given his final sales pitch to Tavon Ross, the 3-star safety who is committed to Missouri.

Richt, who was accompanied by assistants Will Friend and Jeremy Pruitt, made an in-home visit for around two hours on Wednesday with the Bleckley County High School standout.

“They want him to come there” Bleckley County coach Tracy White told the AJC on Thursday. “They know he’s going to visit Missouri. It’s getting close to the last couple of times they can talk to him, and they were just selling what they were offering.

UGA's Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

UGA’s Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

“He’s considering the offer from Georgia. I’m not going to say he’s leaning there. He is listening to what they say. But he’s still committed to Missouri, and he’s going there this weekend.”

Ross has taken official visits to both UGA and Miami over the last two weekends. He turned down the chance to visit Alabama. His last recruiting trip will be to Missouri on Friday.

“If he goes to Missouri and falls in love with the place, I think it’s easy,” White said. “If he goes out there and doesn’t like it, then he will have to come home and do some soul-searching.”

Don’t count out UGA’s chances for a couple of reasons. First off, Ross is still relatively unfamiliar with Missouri, despite committing there last summer. He committed at the time because it was the only big school recruiting him. Ross has never been to Missouri’s campus — and he only met head coach Gary Pinkel for the first time this past Monday.

UGA also made it clear to Ross that this week’s commitment to Tucker High School’s Dominick Sanders did not affect how the Bulldogs feel about him. Sanders could play cornerback or safety. Ross is being recruited by both UGA and Missouri as a safety.

There were also reports this week that both Missouri and UGA were looking this week at other last-minute safety candidates, which is unlikely to impact Ross’ final decision.

“I guess you have to sign more DBs than running backs because there are more of them on the field at the same time,” White said. “It depends on what a college needs.”

 

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158 comments
johnnysmitty
johnnysmitty

Stay at Mizzou. georgia is full of idiots

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Coach Richt to Tavon. " Sign with us and you will play your Bowl games where it's warm, mostly Tampa or Orlando

RandyHall
RandyHall

SlawDawg....those nitrates in those hot dogs getting in your brain....who is John Pruitt and John Rocker??

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

On the Official visit Missouri will fly the family out and everything will be first class. After that , unless the family can afford to fly out they will have to pack up  the car , drive 14 hours and maybe Tavon will play. Cheer for a team that the family has no ties with except Tevon and then drive back 14 hours . After Tevon graduates will it be more likely he gets a job in Missouri or Georgia if the Pro's are not a possibility.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Tavon, it all depends on if you are more happy in Missouri than Athens and whether it is  important for any of your friends and family to come to your games and experience College Football through you as a player. This has noting to do with integrity when barely at 17 year old you claimed a Scholarship form Missouri because it was the only big time Program offering at the time and the offer was for a limited time. Meaning they forced you to decide whether you were ready to make a decision  or not. It was a good move on your part but you have no emotional ties at all with Missouri if you haven't even visited the School yet.

Keep in the back of your mind how much easier it will be for your friends and family to come to the games and that your decision is for the next 4 years. This is not something that can just be changed over night.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Why a de-commit from Mizzou will not be surprising at all: 


"First off, Ross is still relatively unfamiliar with Missouri, despite committing there last summer. He committed at the time because it was the only big school recruiting him. Ross has never been to Missouri’s campus — and he only met head coach Gary Pinkel for the first time this past Monday."

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Signing day is 5 days away and Ross has never been to Mizzou's campas

He only met the HC for the first time this past Monday

Initial commitment was b/c Mizzou was only big school recruiting him (in other words, Mizzou was his fallback plan had nothing better come along)

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

Coach Rick sure knows how to spot talent...he is all over those 2 & 3 star players. Just what we need over in Athens. I think his logic is that if you get a 2 star and a 3 star then its like getting one 5 star. No wonder we are in bad shape with Rick at the helm. Adding John Pruitt and John Rocker to the staff will not help too much. Pruitt can't keep his Fruit-of-the-Looms up and Rocker has a bad rep from his days playing for the Braves. I urge all other UGA grads to withold $$$$ until Rick is termenated.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Not sure how all this stuff about the sexual assault at Missouri will work out, but if it goes bad for Missouri, the kid might play there but not get a chance at any big games in the post season, if the NCAA and/or SEC penalize them.Might be something to consider I would think.

TruthSpeaketh
TruthSpeaketh

@DawgGoneit....Please son! Don't make stupid comments with regards to Academics at UGA and GT football players. GT does not offer African American studies, Recreation, PE, Weightlifting as a major! Even a moron like you could pass those classes. get a life!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@350.....


That 2015 class.....well.....go ahead and...."book it."  No one will mind. 


Your 2014 summer will be good for another summer of championships as well....."book it".....too.     


Dawg350
Dawg350

It's shaping up to be a very good class. I think the 2015 class will even be better. Because Pruitt will have more time too work his magic! Go dogs!

RandyHall
RandyHall

A major fallacy w/ Richt is offering so late....many times this hampered UGA getting players for that additional depth.....Pruitt is not playing that game and has lit a fire under CMR's butt....it seems that CMR is working for CJP during the process!!! Previously CMR Garner to meander around during his last 3 years; Lakatos was a recruting waste, and Grantham wanted to draft players vs recruit!! Hope this turnaound puts a fire under Tony Ball and Will Friend!!!!

Rick_James
Rick_James

@SnoopDawg

Hey Snoop first of all if the guy had SIGNED with Missouri Georgia couldnt recruit him.Siging day is next week. Richt constantly signs top ten recruiting classes.Jeremy Pruitt is one of the best recruiters in the business.But I guess you know more than they do right? Learn the difference between a verbal commitment and signee before you post again.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I wonder if Coach Richt promised this recruit a return trip to the Capital One Bowl ?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Say it aint so Snoop.

SnoopDawg
SnoopDawg

What does it say about the state of UGA football when:

- Richt is making a panicked last minute recruiting pitch to a 

- Three star recruit from a 

- Georgia high school

- Who earlier signed with an SEC rival (Missouri)

- After he was initially given the cold shoulder by UGA


Figure it out, geniuses...

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

Tavon will look good in Red & Black...go dogs

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

I was reading the posts until I realized that all of the posts had turned into a mindless series of attacks from posters attacking each other.

If you guys would just ignore that buckeye freak he would just go away or change his avatar and start again. You never learn. Go ahead, keep feeding that infantile ego of his by getting riled up and attacking him and letting him shoot his little barbs back at you and so on and so on and so on. Jeepers, grow up guys.

TampGator1
TampGator1

And Moist....


No one can be so dumb to spell dumbest.....dummest.   And I am just trying to practice your art of spelling words incorrectly to get much needed attention.....not to personally insult you.  You do that well enough on your own.  No help needed from me.

TampGator1
TampGator1

MoistDawg.....


Yes, Georgia Southern did.  So did Vandy, FSU, Missouri, and 4 other teams that beat Florida last year.  But that was last year.  And you keep on thinking Florida is average.


And...buy tha wave....wuhat personnall attracks r u skeakin uf? 

TampGator1
TampGator1

BCB.....


If you know anything about Jeremy Foley.....you would know that Florida does not cheat or pay to get players.  But think and post what you like...you live in America. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Doesn't it all come down to common sense unless Missouri has a specialty education that you can not get at UGA. From Bleckley County to Athens , 2 hour drive . Bleckley County  to University of Missouri 14 hour drive. Which is better for Tavon's family. Looks like a no brainier. Just be thankful  that UGA offered you a Scholarship. Now, not only will your family not be over burdened but your friends can come see you.


SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@RandyHall Man where have u been? Under a rock? Living under a bridge? Pruitt and Rocker are the last 2 desperation hires Coach Rick has made. John Pruitt is a skirt chaser like Bobby Petreeno and John Rocker is a hot-head rubble rouser. Remember all the turmoil when he played for the Braves? What is Rick thinking? I guess too much tan booth time has effected his brain. U better study up before you come at me again boy.

walkermydog
walkermydog

@C-Kirk  


First time I read the article, it stated his family will not be making the trip this weekend!

Guess it has been edited!

RichtDawg11
RichtDawg11

@SlawDawg You do realize that there are a lot of very good 2 and 3 star recruits that simply don't spend their entire time in high school traveling with agents to scouting combines. Knowshon being a prime example.

GaDawg98'
GaDawg98'

If you have seen his highlight video at Hudl on 247sports.com, you would know he is a stud playmaker, a ballhawk safety with outstanding skills and we would be lucky to get him at UGA.  He is underrated as a 3 star, probably due to the fact that he is a South GA boy who hasn't done the Southeast summer camp circuit for years like some of the other recruits that are more highly rated because of more exposure. Watch his video and get back to me if you disagree.  If we get him, it will be an outstanding pickup.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Slaw dawg

You're a worthless moron! UGA will tech next year....and the year after...and so on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@TruthSpeaketh And if you can find a player that actually does major in those studies I'll eat my words.  I saw the list of 38 players that made the list and not a single one of them had any major even vaguely close to that.  You are just spewing 20 year old BS and are to lazy to actually look it up.


You wouldn't know truth if it came up and whacked you over the head with a 2x4.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

If the gators only win 4 games next year you can switch teams...and become a buckeye. I mean they win a bunch of games but they don't beat anybody with a heart beat. Well I guess you're stuck at a cross roads huh? Gators finished 4-8........hahahahaha hahahaha!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawg350  Delusion is a 24/7/365 job

GaDawg98'
GaDawg98'

As above:

If you have seen his highlight video at Hudl on 247sports.com, you would know he is a stud playmaker, a ballhawk safety with outstanding skills and we would be lucky to get him at UGA.  He is underrated as a 3 star, probably due to the fact that he is a South GA boy at a small school who hasn't done the Southeast summer camp circuit for years like some of the other recruits that are more highly rated because of more exposure. Watch his video and get back to me if you disagree.  If we get him, it will be an outstanding pickup.

You can tell a lot about a player based on who else is recruiting him. Didn't Alabama make an in home visit a couple of weeks ago.  It doesn't matter about stars.  Tim Jennings was a two star corner pickup for Georgia who is now a consensus annual Pro Bowl player. 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/854657/tavon-ross#

Even if you have no eye for evaluating talent, you can watch this video and determine for yourself if you think he can play Division I football and help Georgia.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawgGoneIt don't let yourself be fooled that this will shut up the Tech trolls.  All they will do is say their 5th grade niece or nephew could be an honor student at UGA.  Either that or some moronic jibe like "how hard is the work for a Housing degree."


This news makes me very proud of my Bulldogs, though.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@KenWalker i know trez and if he goes somewhere else othe than uga then they botched his recruiting big time.  Trez is all dawg.  he loves uga and is always wearing there clothes and saying thats gonna be me soon talking about other players on defense.  All UGA has to do is offer him and treat him the way everyone else does and they got him in the bag.  This kid is a monster and he plays BBALL too.  the only that worries me is that he is great friends on Dallas Warmack they play together at Mays and train together at idareu in the offseason.  We all know that Dallas is going to Bama but Dallas did give UGA some thought however.  Coach Saban and Kirby love Trez and they will make it a battle to the end but he should sign with the dawgs.  He is so raw still so his upside is tremendous and he is bigger than 226 as a Sophomore at mays Trez had 14 sacks that is crazy.  Another younger kid than Trez is Jayden Hunter all dawgs also will be a sophomore next yr dad and mom played for uga.  as a freshmen at riverside which is class 4 jayden had 13 sacks.  bball too but has quit to play focus on football as a current freshmen he is 6ft2 this kid is gonna be tall and has long arms will be one of the tops recruits in the country when his time comes remember that name.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@TampGator1 I think BCB is saying that some other schools will swoop in and snatch some of your top guys using questionable tactics.  And that Muschamp will be gone this time next year because of losing those recruits.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

@C-Kirk  It can be a convenience for him and his family, but as far as he should be happy we offered him? This young player takes a back seat to no player in state. We are not that program where big time players are knocking down the door to run here....We are a solid to good program...... Sad to say not ELITE yet.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@Dawg350 Why are u turning on me 350? I am a loyal UGA fan and aluminus. I have to call a spade a spade where Coach Rick is concerned. He is too busy working on his tan and filming those Chevy Truck commercials to worry about the sad fate of UGA football. That is why I am witholding my annal donation to the Athaletic Dept until Rick improves or is termenated. U better get on bored with me too.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Let me tell u something.....I knew Ohio would fold. I tried to tell you that they were not championship material but you didn't believe me. Your undefeated season in 2012 was a joke! Ohio is the same team that got their butts whipped by fla.....Lsu.....years ago. When y'all step up and play the big boys you get your tail kicked....Clemson and Michigan state kicked that tail son....you better wake the hell up and realize your team is nothing on the big scene.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@ruffdawg @C-Kirk  

I hope you don't look at everything as half empty or the negative side of everything. I in NO WAY  was implying that he wasn't worthy of a Scholarship offer . The only reason he should be thankful is because if he goes out to Missouri if his family wants to see him play it will be a 3 day trip and it is not a guarantee that he will play. If he is in Athens it is a day trip for his family and they can be back home that same night if they choose. Do you think any of his friends will be able to afford a three day trip to see him? Where did you get I was making a comment about what type of Program we had in Athens. If it was my son I would be celebrating that Georgia finally came through. I wouldn't care if we went 6 and 6 every year even though I would hope for  undefeated seasons. 

What would be more impressive to me is the fact that Georgia was one of the top program's in the nation for sending players to the Pro's.