Posted: 12:41 pm Friday, February 7th, 2014

Missouri coaches take pride in fending off UGA for recruits 

By Michael Carvell

As expected, Missouri’s coaches were proud of themselves for holding onto a pair of prized prospects from Georgia during recruiting’s final stretch.

The first was Tavon Ross, who made a final decision on signing day to stick with Missouri over UGA. The safety from Bleckley High School committed to Missouri last summer, and turned down last-minute overtures from UGA, Alabama, Auburn and Miami.

It wasn’t like it was a tight relationship between Missouri and Ross either. Missouri offered Ross “sight unseen” last summer, and Ross committed on the spot because it was his only big offer at the time.

Ross didn’t meet Missouri coach Gary Pinkel until shortly before signing day, and he didn’t see Missouri’s campus in person until last week.

“Unique kid, and a guy that really saw Missouri as a place where he felt very comfortable leaving Georgia for,” said Missouri assistant Alex Grinch, who is Pinkel’s nephew, to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

“I think that’s something that appealed to him. He had a comfort level with us very early on, and it continued throughout the process. It got hectic, but his coaches and those individuals around him — his family and friends — gave him good advice. He looked around and took some trips, but we were fortunate to get the last visit, and things worked out. Absolutely thrilled.”

Missouri also fended off UGA for North Gwinnett High School wide receiver Nate Brown. Grinch admitted he “looked like a ghost” after being informed that the Bulldogs made a late offer to Brown.

“I’ve been at some other pretty good programs that, if Georgia would have come in and offered a couple guys you’re recruiting and they’re from the state of Georgia, you would have had a hard time keeping those guys,” Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson said.

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69 comments
Mezark
Mezark

I grew up in small town georgia; I couldn't wait to get out of state myself.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Missouri is one of the top State Schools academically and is a very good Football School. Tavon can't go wrong with his pick but it is my opinion that he got wrapped up into whether he owed Missouri his loyalty because they offered first. I am all for  preserving ones INTEGRITY as much as humanly possible but in this case I don't think integrity or any other value would have been compromised if he had flipped to Georgia.

Tavon had never even visited Missouri so other than over the internet Missouri had no cost in his Recruiting. If Tavon visited Georgia and he could have  gotten  everything at Georgia that he got from Missouri I think he made a big mistake not flipping in this case He has to live with his decision for 4 years and unless his family doesn't ever want to go to his games or they move to Missouri they will have to live with those decisions too.

If they intend to go to his games it will be a 3 day trip every time they have a home game unless they squeeze it in 2 and are completely exhausted . Either way the only party to lose out here is Tavon's family. 14 hours is a very long drive. Other than that Tavon can't go wrong with Missouri and I wish him the best.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Lol at the Mizzu putdowns by my fellow UGA fans.

FYI:  Mizzu is an AAU Member, not to mention the reigning SEC East Champ in football.

Just a little perspective, please . . .

slydawg
slydawg

Georgia spends too much time out of state recruiting in the early stages. This not Alabama or Tennessee, where you have a elite program to support but a small pool of elite players to choose from. Alabama, Texas, USC, LSU, UCLA, Ohio St., and all the Florida schools get the vast majority of their early commits from within their own borders. Just do a quick scan of the top 20 players in each one of those states and most of them are staying in state. The "Georgia can't get everybody" argument does not apply here. I see no reason why Georgia and GT can't acquire 50% of the top 20 in this state every year. The "this is a transition state" argument does not apply here. A program still has to sell itself regardless. I believe CMR and his staff have taken the "abundance" of talent available here for granted simply because he feels he can. These kids no longer have an undying love of the Dawgs like they use to. The Bulldawg "brand" is not the same as it used to be. But alas, I have had to learn that CMR and BoBo are both still learning on the job, after all, this IS their first and only job.

Ball_Coach
Ball_Coach

Congratulate those young kds they choose to play for the better coach. There go UGA fans again attemptng to win a championship in the off season.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Some of these kids make huge mistakes by putting to much weight into "which school offered first".

Should choose best school, regardless when offered.

Kids might not be that logical, but their parents should be. Then again, if you see and hear some of the parents, darwin would question their evolution.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

When you get down to your B-list it's tuff to get kids to switch but if you NEED  a player at a postion you have to give it a try. If you have been turned down before they maybe you didn't ask.The last couple of weeks of recruiting is really nasty and all schools are playing the game.

rickfire
rickfire

Huge mstake signig with Missouri vs Georgia (Your home state) as out of sight out of mind. Hope you enjoy living in the middle of no where!

rickfire
rickfire

Huge mistake signing with Missouri vs Georgia- You will be forgotten very soon! Hope you enjoy leavng in Missouri, the middle of no where.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Georgia is a play or two away from having another 10 win season last season. You guys have short memories that just in 2012 we were a 12 win team and almost played for a national title after taking down the BIG BAD CRIMSON TIDE! That was the real national title that year as we saw what happened when Bama played Notre Dame. UGA is on the right track folks. Just had to get some coaching on defense. We're gonna be alright! 

countryboyy
countryboyy

missouri  needs to stay out of georgia and bragging about what they did  it isnt nothing 

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

Tavon Ross probably went with Mizz because there wasn't a defensive staff at UGA around to recruit him at the end. Next year we will see how many recruits get away from Pruitt, Rocker and company.

JacketMan
JacketMan

I think the major difference in this case was that Missouri identified, and offered, these two prospects early and UGA didn't, which ultimately led to both of them signing with the Tigers instead of the Bulldogs. This isn't an indictment on Georgia's recruiting program, as there's no way anyone should offer every prospect if they go about this prospect with any integrity.

Perhaps if UGA had found these kids early, and stayed on them from the beginning, they may have had a better shot.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Wow I wouldn't call getting one recruit "fencing off" UGA....

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I don't understand why Georgia should have any problem competing against Mizzou, after all the Dawgs can promise a recruit they will play their Bowl games in either Tampa or Orlando both warm places. Go Digs

Bubbatavious
Bubbatavious

Yep winning the SEC east in only their second year of SEC football is pretty embarrassing to UGA with the supposedly top 10 recruiting classes Richt has had..

Bubbatavious
Bubbatavious

Once again the coaching staff was asleep at the wheel.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@C-Kirk  Kids go to schools out of state all the time. The family will see him on TV plenty. With the cost of gas and lodging it is unlikely that parents of kids that go out of state(no matter how close) will travel to see most of their games anyway. Clemson, USC, Tenn, Vandy, Memphis, Ole Miss, FSU, Auburn & Bama are the out of state schools most kids from this area could choose and their parents can see most games on a short drive.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt  sorry but the REAL NATIONAL TITLE Game was between Bama & Notre Dame. The Trophy was there and everything. The Commercials said the BCS Championship Game. I'm pretty sure UGa was losing to Michigan State and not playing not a National Title in the Ga Dome against Bama. That game in the Dome was an SEC Title game do you understand the difference now?


DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

@JacketMan Rational speak from GT fans on this blog will get you ignored. Keep up the good work.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt  Kinda like UGa thinking they are elite but not having won a NC since 80 or playing for a NC since 82?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Infraredguy  I don't know how many times you've said that lame crack, but it's been more than once. So it's overused.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Bubbatavious  You act like UGA has never won the East or an SEC title. This isn't South Carolina you're talking aout.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@Bubbatavious  Signed  the states  top RB, DL, OL, Def  back, DE, South carolinas  Mr  football. 2nd  best  RB in nation from Miami , and  6 th rate  Ol in nation from  floria , Nations  #1 rated TE. and  you say they a sleep at the  wheel on 2  3 star  after thoughts.. Dumbass  deluxe.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@forexbomb HAHAH they think it is the Basketball leagues for high school stars.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Michigan State? DUMB ARSE We played Nebraska that season after the SEC title game and won. We played Michigan State in 2011 after the SEC title game against LSU. I swear, a GEORGIA TECH fan trying to tell me about my OWN TEAM grinds my gears. YOU SUCK.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  You don't have to win a title to be considered an elite program. Your team is "elite" that year, yes...but elite programs are always in the conversation about conference titles and potentially national titles. Georgia is always in the top 10 year in and year out. You even as a Tech fan must admit we were hot before the injures struck and had a defense that couldn't stop a nosebleed. We have better defensive coaching now and with the recruiting class we just signed, to go along with the talent we already have, I see no reason we can't win a title. 


My only question to you is that what is Georgia Tech going to do to finally beat Georgia and get over that hump? And then focus on winning 8 games in a single season. Georgia Tech just cannot recruit, cannot hit, cannot run, cannot tackle, cannot compete....WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!! ALWAYS WILL! AND WHEN WILL GEORGIA TECH EVER BE IN THE DISCUSSION?

Ghost13
Ghost13

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Top 5 in wins  since  2001  is pretty elite.Finishing in top 10 ,8 out of  13 years top 25 10 out of  13 , top 5  3  times. Gt last  top 10 finish was in 1998., 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Glad you like it, see you in Florida on Jan 1. Go Dogs

POAD2013
POAD2013

Well I guess that is Dream Team III or is it Ring team II?

UGa has recruited basically the same for 30 years and with all that talent what do UGa coaching staff do? A few SEC Titles and never a shot at the National Title that is what. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Courtney2 @POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Nobody cares about Georgia TECH..even POAD. That's why he spends all his time on UGA blogs. Atlanta, Georgia is DEAD. Joke by the coke. Get a free coke and 2 hot dogs to come sit and see your team get their arses kicked.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  We lost to them this past bowl game because of GRANTHAM's sorry defensive coaching. We gave up a 99 TD pass and that was the difference in the game. I don't think that'll be a problem under Pruitt who led FSU to a #1 ranking in PASS DEFENSE this past season. 


We beat them the first go around. Weren't so lucky this time around. It happens. I don't worry about being "elite"..I want to win enough games to get to Atlanta. We've done that 2 out of the past 3 seasons. Hopefully this year we make it 3 of 4. 


You throw around that "elite" word like it means anything. There's only one elite team this season and that was Florida State. But there are MANY elite programs in college football...UGA is definitely one of them. Georgia Tech is not. Never has been. And never will be.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt that is right I remember now. The REASON the dogs LOST to Nebraska was because they didn't want to be at that bowl playing that team. Yes I do remember that as 1 of the many excuses for not winning and proving the dogs aren't Elite.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Yes we played Nebraska two years in a row. Look it up. Did you not read the articles about UGA players not being happy about having to do so? I know you did since you practically LIVE on UGA BLOGS

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt wow so you played nebraska 2 years in a row. The FACT is the SEC CG was not the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game no matter how much you would like to rewrite history to make you feel better about your team being average and not elite.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Well TOO BAD we NEVER hear it from Tech huh? They never think they'll be any good because they NEVER ARE! 6-7 win seasons against Elon, North Carolina, Duke, William & Mary, North Alabama, and Mercer don't cut it!!! HAIL PAUL JOHNSON

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt  We have heard it all before like the last 33 years. UGa will be GREAT THIS YEAR soon to be heard well wait til next year.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt not in a UGa fans mind you don't but the rest of the world seems to think ELITE means the BEST. The Best are teams that WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS not winning the SEC east.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@POAD2013  ,I know it  must hurt to b  a fan of a totally irrelevant  program. Wake up on the  wrong  side of NCAA probation repeat offender this morning , or is the  1-12  against your most hated  rival. Or the  fact  Pj can't  get players , like  Chubb, parrish, Sims , Baker , Gurley, Marshall , Js Wesley among many others  to come play at GT.He offered them all.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@POAD2013 @Ghost13  Gt would kill to have the  type  success  Georgia  has  enjoyed. More  success in 13 years  than Gt had  the  past  50.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Ghost13 Great...what does the Trophy you won for that look like? Is there a picture of it in Butts-Mehre?

I would really like to see what the Trophy for WASTED TALENT looks like.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  We are GREAT! You're just jealous that you'll never recruit like us or beat us. You're in OUR state...so of course we're happy with beating you every year. It never gets old and it never will. I don't care if we beat you 100 straight times, it will NEVER get old.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt WOW is that all you have?

UGa isn't elite but you can hang your hat on beating TECH.

Wow what a hard accomplishment. That is like being able to help your 5th grader with his homework. I hope you are smart enough to do that. Does that make you ELITE? If you want to beat your chest about beating a team with 1/3 the talent and you think that makes you elite then more power to you and your GREAT bulldog team....LMAO

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013  Classic. Is that all you have? 12-1. 12-1. 12 out of 13. That is OWNAGE! PWNED! DOMINATION!!! TOAD BOY!!! HAHAHA!!! OWNNNEEDDDD!!! You haven't beaten us in your home stadium since the 90's homeboy! Your best chance was last year and ya choked!!!! At least Georgia will always have a chance to play in the big game if we make it to Atlanta...Tech could probalby go 12-0 and still get left out. But Tech will never go 12-0 because Georgia is always on the schedule for them to lose to. I know it just hurts your feelings to be OWNED!!!


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