‘Behind the scenes’ on the recruiting trail

One of the best “reads” from signing day a piece by 247sports.com called “Behind the Scenes.”

It offers an overview and perspective on the highlights (and low-lights) of this year’s recruiting scene.

Here is one item that was Georgia-related and caught our attention. (click HERE to read more):

One of the wilder scenarios this past cycle occurred in Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County. Four-star wide receiver Krenwick Sanders committed to Georgia on Nov. 29, 2012. Georgia reached out to Wayne County coach Jody Grooms in July and indicated they were cooling on the instate commit, hence parting ways. Sanders eventually found a new suitor in Wisconsin and committed to the Badgers on Oct. 8.

In January, Florida, reeling after a 4-8 campaign, was scrambling to find receivers and made a push for Sanders. They went in the home on Monday night Jan. 13 sending in assistants Joker Phillips and Brad Lawing.

They went around Grooms and went straight to the family’s house for the in-home. Sanders contacted his coach to join the in-home visit.

Rewind seven years earlier. As the coach for Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County, Grooms had a similar situation to that of Sanders. His wide receiver at the time, Michael Bowman, signed his National Letter of Intent with South Carolina. He was set to enroll in August and received a call from South Carolina that they were going in a different direction, saying Bowman hadn’t met the required academic requirements for admission to the university, despite him having more than the necessary core G.P.A and test. Bowman wound up having to go to East Carolina and Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier called out the school’s admissions department, threatening to leave if they did not accept NCAA-eligible athletes.

And who was on that South Carolina staff? Lawing. It was the first time Grooms had crossed paths with the assistant since that instance years ago.

Needless to say, with Sanders going through a similar type deal, Florida wound up sending in the wrong assistant to try and flip him, given the historical connection with the high school coach. Sanders signed with Wisconsin yesterday.

You gotta love recruiting, eh? One of the best recruiting storytellers I’ve ever been around is Georgia Tech assistant Andy McCollum. I could listen to him for days.

Happy Signing Day everybody.




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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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