Posted: 4:33 pm Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Does Mark Richt take it personally when a kid flips from UGA? 

By Michael Carvell

"De-commitments" are common in college football, with UGA losing 6 for 2014. What's amazing is that UGA only lost 1 after overhauling the entire defensive staff, and it had to do with non-football reasons (AP)

“De-commitments” are common in college football, with UGA losing 6 for 2014. What’s amazing is that UGA only lost 1 after overhauling the entire defensive staff, and it had to do with non-football reasons (AP)

Does Mark Richt take it personally when a kid switches his commitment from UGA to another school?

“Flipping” is a common occurrence for every big-time D1 football program these days.

Last Wednesday, UGA had 21 recruits sign scholarships as part of the team’s 2014 class.

Over the past three years, UGA had six 2014 prospects who were onetime commits to the Bulldogs but did not end up signing with the SEC school last week for various reasons. For example, defensive back Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla., switched from UGA to Marshall shortly before signing day due to academic reasons.

Of course, UGA also made three late additions to its 2014 class with kids committed to other schools — Tucker defensive back Dominick Sanders (UCF), West Hall tight end Hunter Atkinson (Cincinnati) and safety Shaquille Jones (Louisville) of Merritt Island, Fla.

In a recent interview with the AJC, Richt was asked if he takes it personal when a kid switches his commitment from UGA to another school:

“De-commits happen for a lot of reasons. You know, a lot of times a de-commit is simply that. A young man either changes his mind on the school, or he thinks ‘Man, I should’ve looked around. It’s not necessarily that I don’t like the school that I committed to anymore. But I think I should look around a little bit. Maybe I made my decision too soon.’ Sometimes it’s flat out ‘I didn’t want to go to your school anymore.’

“Sometimes, we as the universities will have a mutual agreement that it’s in the best interests that it’s best to de-commit. Sometimes, there are some circumstances that happen. We’re not going to go public and say what really happened. We can’t anyway (due to NCAA rules).

“I think there are some times when the university cuts ties with a young man, and publicly it’s a de-commit. Or like I said, he doesn’t want to go to your school anymore, and it’s a nice way of saying ‘I’m de-committing’ and he will wait a minute and go where he really wants to go. And sometimes I think it is ‘I might’ve made a decision too soon. I want to open it up again. I still like this school as much as anybody else. And they still are in the running, truly.’

“And then they may go back to school they were originally committed to. I think there a lot of all three of those things happening.

Georgia Tech had two de-commits from its 2014 class after losing five last year. UGA lost three last year but also added three recruits committed other schools.

Out of the six UGA de-commitments for 2014, the only one that really hurt was losing Carrollton High School defensive tackle Dontavius Russell to Auburn. What’s really weird about UGA’s final numbers for 2014 is that the team’s first four commits ended up going elsewhere. What’s really amazing is that UGA only lost one kid after overhauling the entire defensive staff — and that was Kendall Gant for non-football reasons.

Why are there so many de-commitments across the board in college football? The main reason is because colleges, while in competition with each other, offer scholarships to high school kids at an earlier age, which in turn leads to kids committing to colleges at an earlier age. Problems arise due to changing factors (such as a new head coach, new offensive or defensive coordinators, and new offensive or defensive schemes, etc.) between when a kid commits early to when he signs the scholarship papers as a high school senior.

UGA’s DE-COMMITS FROM 2014 CLASS

  • Nick Glass, LB-S, 6-1, 212, Peachtree Ridge (Undecided): Didn’t finish out senior season with team; maybe headed to JUCO. Once upon a time (as a sophomore), Glass was one of the state’s most recruited 2014 prospects with 20+ offers.
  • Demarre Kitt, WR, 6-1, 195, Sandy Creek (Signed with Clemson): Enrolled early at ACC school
  • Dontavius Russell, DT, 6-3, 275, Carrollton (Signed with Auburn): Ex-UGA RC Rodney Garner had help with Auburn family connections. This was probably UGA’s only big fish that got away.
  • Krenwick Sanders, WR, 6-2, 195, Wayne County (Signed with Wisconsin): Turned down last-minute overtures from Florida to sign with Wisconsin. Had a big senior year.
  • Stanley Williams, RB, 5-9, 190, George Walton Academy (Signed with Kentucky): After twists and turns with UGA, he ended up at Kentucky. He was UGA’s first commit for 2014, pledging to the Bulldogs after his freshman year in high school.
  • Kendall Gant, S, 6-2, 180, Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson (Signed with Marshall): Gant signed with Marshall because he has yet to meet NCAA entrance requirements. He can enroll at Marshall as a partial qualifier next year rather than risk having to attend a junior college or prep school.

UGA FLIPS FROM 2014 CLASS

  • Hunter Atkinson, TE, 6-6, 250, West Hall: The Cincinnati commit got a last-minute call from Mark Richt and flipped to UGA. Atkinson had grayshirt offers from Alabama, Auburn and UCF.
  • Detric Dukes, ILB, 6-0, 230, Tucker: Priority after Georgia missed on other targets, flipping from Louisville. Every bit as good as Raekwon McMillan (in my opinion) and played against superior competition in high school.
  • Shaquille Jones, safety, 6-2, 175, Merritt Island, Fla.: As expected, Jones flipped from Louisville to UGA two days before signing day. He originally pledged to South Alabama.
  • Dominick Sanders, S-CB, 5-11, 185, Tucker: Younger brother of former UGA DB Chris Sanders switched from UCF to Bulldogs. I will never understand how this explosive playmaker didn’t have 30+ offers, although many of the big boys came after him during the final week before signing day.

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57 comments
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Mike you need to post the Alvin Kamara arrest story for those that were feeling sorry for him . Mean on Nick Saban.

PigIron
PigIron

A recruit isn't committed until he signs a LOI.

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Poor Marky has a glass of milk and some cookies and cries himself to sleep.

greenedefense
greenedefense

I would think very doubtful that CMR takes it personally. Rodney Garner on the other hand probably does though, especially if the school is UGA.. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

I would say that he doesn't take it personally.  That isn't saying he wouldn't be highly disappointed. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

The reason the Defensive Recruits de-committed  is easy. The Recruit would rather play under Grantham and know they were going to play the 3-4 scheme instead of playing under Pruitt and adjust between the 3-4 and the 4-3. 

EricJoiner
EricJoiner

My brother is in the executive search business and does quite well.  one of the things he tells me is that its the only business where the "product" can say no.     Recruiting is the same. 

SeeRockCity
SeeRockCity

So does he take it  "personal" or not Carvell? He never answered the darn question just gave a political throw around.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Doubt he would pose this question to Rodney Garner.

SomewhereinGA
SomewhereinGA

Don't forget one of the biggest reasons is Auburn and their Bagman.....Bammer is right behind em...or in front of em, depending upon the player.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Should he take it personal? A kid is going to do what he wants. If they wanted to be at UGA, they would. It's really that simple. The 21 we signed this year want to be Dawgs and I think they'll be good for us.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Y'all quit taking shots at carvell....he is just doing his job.

sarfdawg
sarfdawg

Does Carvell take grammar "serious?"

SeriousLY, I'm not sure what school of journalism you attended, but there's no way I'm sending my children wherever it was. I'm embarrassed for you.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i wouldnt take it personal at all i would feel sorry for them.  there the ones missing out.  it takes a special breed to be a dawg and only some of us are up for it its better to learn that now then when they get here.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

What does it take to become a headline editor at the AJC?   Embarrassing.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Does a rat like cheese? Is poad a obsessed tech fan? Is buckeye a troll? Sure all coaches take it personal in some way.....btw Kendall Gant doesn't count cuz he didn't have the grades!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bingo......the last three weeks of recruiting is an all out war! We the coaches get down to their B-List the gloves are off.

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@MikeBanning spare us...iowa fans do the same thing....i had one sit there and tell me what a piece of crap ross pierschbacher is and how he'll never amount to anything just bc he flipped from the hawkeyes to bama....

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning  Yeah, it's too bad he didn't bash and stalk Miles Taylor on twitter like you did with Vad Lee. That would have been ok, right?

MtVerndawg
MtVerndawg

@MikeBanning Didn't find anything inappropriate about CPJ's comments.  He was just being honest and forthright.  PC is not one of his traits, thankfully.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawgGoneIt After as long as he has been at it, if he did take it personally, he'd be displaying some severe immaturity. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@sarfdawg  

And for our next lesson we will discuss sentence structure and then...... Wait a minute we are on a Sports blog , never mind. NOBODY CARES.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@sarfdawg  i bet your kids are embarrassed to have such a nitpicking dork for a father.  sickening.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MoistDawg  you tell'em HOMER SIMPSON.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  Are you just a Crybaby? GANT didn't have the grades? Anybody can get in UGa if they can play a sport.............BOOK IT

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@MichaelCarvell @SeeRockCity  

When you posed that direct question to CMR (Does Mark Richt take it personally when a kid flips from UGA?), was the way that you worded it,  a strong hint that another BCS HC here in Ga. does take it personally when a recruit flips and rejects him and his school?


I found it to be an interesting coincidence in the way that you worded that question to CMR, especially on the heels of another BCS level HC in this State attacking a Recruit that flipped to another school.

sarfdawg
sarfdawg

Curiously, Carvell (or his editor) must have cared as both the headline and story have since been corrected.

Fellas, you can take all the shots at me you want. I'm just showing how pretty much anyone could come up with such a non-story as this one.

sarfdawg
sarfdawg

Nope. They're just better than your kids.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@POAD2013 @Dawg350Gant said he  couldn't  get admitted into UGA , he  was having to retake  tests and  Georgia  wouldn't hold  a spot  for a player  that might not  qualify.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @Dawg350  


Regardless of what you would like to think, Gant didn't have the grades and didn't want to go the JUCO or prep school route.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @Dawg350  Gant didn't get in and he played a sport. It's not as easy to get into UGA as you think. Trust me, I went.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I believe what Richt tells the media and gant didn't have the grades! So shut up!

DawginLex
DawginLex

@POAD2013 @DawginLex Me?


You have me confused with Thomas Brown


I rarely post here anymore because of folks like you and buckeye


Several others have left completely


congratulations

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawginLex MOE RON a poster put the list in his post. You are on the blogs typing 3 page long post nobody reads. Why do you waste your time? No life but to sniff butts 24/7

DawginLex
DawginLex

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt Do you really stalk our roster that much to determine how many honor roll players start?


Geez


Someone needs a hobby or maybe just pay attention to the Tech team


Thinking about changing my AJC blog handle to


POAN24/7


The N is for nerd.  Thoughts??

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt I didn't say all the honor roll players were not starters but most are not starters. Read what I said. Typically most honor roll players are players that play very little through their entire career. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Because Michael Bennett, Aaron Murray, Chris Burnette, Arthur Lynch, Chris Conley, Marshall Morgan, and Merritt Hall weren't all starters at some point huh...not to mention previous years.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Another excuse. Honor roll players on the team are honor roll players whether they are starters or not. Keep up the bad work.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Another excuse. Honor roll players on the team are honor roll players whether they are starters or not. Keep up the trolling.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt not Imaginary...proven FACT and REPORTED in newspapers.

Not the BEST college in the SEC. UGa offers easy majors for the academically challenged athletes like all SEC teams. 1 years doesn't make the numbers better but for 1 years. Look at the 5 years of the recruited class. Going back to numbers from 06 is a joke or just using only 2013-2014 grads is a joke. Honor roll players that don't actually play except when injuries make them the only option is not like you have Honor Roll Athlete Students but Student Athletes forced to play.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  But of course, you're a Techie, you'll take shots at UGA any way you possibly can. With or without the facts.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Here we go again with UGA and academics...it's been proven that UGA is actually the best academic school in the SEC with the most graduates, most academic honorees, etc. So instead of taking IMAGINARY shots at UGA, look at your own institution. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Here we go again with UGA and academics...it's been proven that UGA is actually the best academic school in the SEC with the most graduates, most academic honorees, etc. So instead of taking IMAGINARY shots at UGA, look at your own pathetic institution. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt what sport did you play and how many stars were your ranked? If you were not an athlete don't tell us how hard it was to get in because that is a HUGELY different playing field. Only 6% of regular students are Special Admits and over 80 of the football players are Special Admits...