Posted: 10:49 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Mark Richt sends recruits hand-drawn portraits in Bulldogs gear (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

UGA sketch of nation's No. 1 prospect, Trenton Thompson (Special/AJC)

UGA sketch of nation’s No. 1 prospect, Trenton Thompson (Special/AJC)

In the ultra-competitive world of football recruiting, a college’s main goal in communicating with elite prospects is to do something that will make it stand out from the dozens of other schools pursuing the same kid.

UGA is doing something this year that is (1) definitely catching the attention of the recruits and (2) certainly separating itself from the rest of the pack.

What is it? UGA is sending some prospects portraits of themselves wearing the Bulldogs uniform, along with an autographed message from Mark Richt.

Chuma Edoga

Hand-drawn portrait UGA sent to Chuma Edoga (Special/AJC)

Chuma Edoga is a 4-star (and soon-to-be 5-star) offensive lineman from McEachern High School who is considered by some recruiting analysts to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at his position. He has Tennessee as his leader, followed by USC, UGA and Stanford (in that order). Edoga flew out of Atlanta on Wednesday to make unofficial visits to both USC and Stanford.

“I’d say this (UGA portrait) is the most creative thing I’ve gotten in the mail so far,” Edoga told the AJC on Wednesday. “I thought it was pretty cool that they took time to do that (the drawing). And it was a pretty good drawing. I feel like it looks like me a little bit.”

How does it compare to what the other colleges are sending to Edoga? In other words, what would be No. 2? “It’s also from Georgia. It’s a picture of me that is broken down into a puzzle I have to put together to make into a poster.” What would be No. 2 from another college? “The Ohio State one I got. I got a picture of my jersey hanging in a locker with my name on the back of it.”

Here’s some more UGA targets with portraits, via Twitter:

Rashad Roundtree is a 4-star safety from Lakeside-Evans High School who has the Bulldogs among his early leaders.

D’Andre Walker is a 4-star defensive end from Langston Hughes High School who has more than 20 scholarship offers, including UGA.

Roquan Smith is a 4-star linebacker from Macon County High School with more than 20 scholarship offers, including UGA.

Chauncey Rivers is a 4-star defensive end from Stephenson High School who switched his commitment from South Carolina to UGA in February. “It was a good picture,” Rivers told the AJC. “I just thought that it was a great way prospect’s attention. It got mine.” Rivers has two copies of his picture; he keeps one on his bedroom wall, and another one in a frame in a family room.

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162 comments
Dewnsav
Dewnsav

UGA will sign them all...who can turn down a hand drawn pic...UGA, Natty Champs for the next 4-5 years...2014 regular season record will be 16-0..."to use Richard Breath's line, Brother" Richt for Prez...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

The recruits love the the picture!....and Richt is going to keep sending them out! And their is not a damn thing you trolls can do about it! Bwahbwahhhhhaaaaa! Go dawgs! We fixing to win that natty you haters best believe that!

CaliDawg
CaliDawg

How do you keep irrelevant fans relevant? Respond to their asinine posts.

tomthumb1
tomthumb1

As the pictures aren't on university letterhead, didn't Carvell just publicize a minor UGA NCAA infraction?

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

350, I think you have run off everybody. I was hoping your own fans would be behind you .

I don't want them hating you more than me.  

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

It is incredible the gimmicks Brother Richt can come up with.

The kid would have to be a fool to make a life decision over a ugly picture.

Brother Richt, grow the hell up.  

electric1234
electric1234

UGA is garbage and always will be garbage!

Contractor1
Contractor1

Well this is cute. I guess the Dream Team failed, so no Dream Team III or IV. Hey, whatever tactics work.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I bet it was poad that said that to gurley. I bet so.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tech is nothing but a loser school with a horrible football team! Just horrendous!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Ok....which one of you classless bums told gurley that on twitter

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dewn

The gig is up bro....you're are an imposter! I know one thing your girl friend didn't turn down that hand job last night. Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Don't you just wish? Move along tommy toe tomato....nobody cares for your mindless accusations.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whiskey

Don't worry our hate for you is pretty strong!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I give Mark and those responsible for the drawings an A+. I would update that one of Roquan that has BULL on the left side of his jersey....just saying

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

It's a little more creative than the 100 letters King Saban sends recruits.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whiskey

You are just the town drunk ....hanging around town calling everybody brother. Get your cup ready I might stop by and give you a penny! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Electric 123456789999991111

You can't even come with a good screen name you little punk....you're the garbage son.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Electric

Who is this billy bob you keep referring too? Somebody you met at bulldogs club in midtown Atlanta?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Contractor1


Go back to sleep knucklehead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   We were having fun until you came out of hibernation.

Dawg350
Dawg350

It's better than anything saban can come up with. Alabama is state full of snobs and rodents.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Contractor1 and your coach hired Lane Kiffin


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

electric1234
electric1234

@Dawg350 Like UGA or "Billy Bob University" were their educational goals are Cow Tipping 101

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Dawg350  gosh you're good...and smart too, as witnessed by your posts...and really believable...did you go to tek or are you just a fan ??...and leave my girlfriend out of it...he's a really nice guy...in addition, you can't have much azz left as much as you have laughed it off on these blogs...go dogs

tomthumb1
tomthumb1

@Dawg350 Glad you are the expert as it sure appears to violate Bylaw 13.4.1.1, no?

General Correspondence.

§May be sent only by mail;

§Single sheet of institutional letterhead that does not exceed 8 1/2 by 11 inches in size;

§No restrictions on the design or content of one side of the single sheet of institutional letterhead.  The opposite side must be blank, except for text (typed or handwritten) used to communicate a message to the recipient and any other handwritten information; 

§Additional pages of the correspondence shall be limited to plain white paper (not to exceed 8 1/2 by 11 inches in size) and black ink.  The additional pages may only include text (typed or handwritten) used to communicate a message to the recipient and any other handwritten information; 

§Attachments to general correspondence may only include materials printed on plain white paper (not to exceed 8 1/2 by 11 inches in size) with black ink that are not created for recruiting purposes, except for other permissible printed materials (e.g., camp brochures, questionnaires);

§An envelope used to send the correspondence may only include the institution's name and logo or an athletics logo (in addition to the postage, return address and addressee information) on the outside, must be blank on the inside when produced and may not exceed 9 by 12 inches.

Robobby
Robobby

Ummm, Macon County High are the BULLdogs...doh!

Contractor1
Contractor1

Winners never sleep.  Hence why my Alabama degree has me succeeding and why our coach actually translates his efforts into wins and trophies.  We know a few things, so you and your brethren outta take notes.  I'm sure if you had a degree from Georgia you may be able to talk a little, but my guess is, much like the other 90% on here, you don't have a degree from Georgia.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Dawg350  son, how do you have the time to dominate these boards?

You are funny. However, you need to try harder to convince everybody you are not some punk kid.  

Contractor1
Contractor1

We have trophies in our case, two of the last three.  Richt can be honored by SCAD all he wants, but it won't translate to wins.  Georgia can't even turn Top 10 recruiting classes into winners, so these are all gimmicks to waste three to four years of these recruits lives.  Atleast we actually make it worth the effort in Tuscaloosa.  Oh, and dynamite cut down DawginLex.  You type that as you push your spectacles up higher on the ridge of your nose?  What a dork.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Electric

Ok...billy bob must be your husband then!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@GGee  GG...you and 350 make a great team...go dogs

GGee
GGee

Rodent is a mouse or rat type creature. I think insect may have been the word u were searching for

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dewn

Nerd.....you don't have any azz either...it's been all screwed off by the club in mid town...you worthless Rodent!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tommy thumb

I may not be an expert...but I'm pretty sure you don't work for the NCAA....too bad for you huh Jeeves?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Contractor1 Someone on a blog bragging about being a winner is usually a big time loser


That's you sport


You are a big time smartalec too.


I bet you are just a joy to be around

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Give it a rest with all the macho talk. Even lions sleep at night. BTW, I can't tell from your profile picture if you're coming out of the closet or Steven Seagal.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Umm, you have plenty to prove, because you're a complete fool that only NCDawg and Moist likes.  Ever remember your momma talking about keeping good compnay to succeed?  Well, they're the ones momma warned you about and they're your only friends.  Straight patheitc.  Call us when you actually attend Georgia and are apart of more than just the sidewalk crowd, tool.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whiskey

I have nothing to prove..this is just a blog. You need to try harde to convince folks that you're not an alcoholic.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Electric

Haha! You don't scare me old man...I'm built like a Greek stallion and I'm not scared of anybody. Yeah I still think that you are punk and always will be a punk. Have fun with your husband billy bob...soul mates for life! Lmao!

electric1234
electric1234

@Dawg350 No Billy Bob is a hillbilly term for uneducated inbred, marrying your sister kind like you, a true loser, and incest with your daughter mentality of any UGA fan, and if you think I am a punk you come meet me any try me I am a military war veteran who can mail you home to your mamma in jigsaw form.

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  1. […] The artwork features each player wearing a jersey that represents their high school team on one side and shows what they would look like in a Bulldogs uniform on the other. Chuma Edoga, a four-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School, received the portrait you see above. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was the most creative piece of mail he has gotten. […]