Posted: 2:06 am Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Which UGA hand-drawn portrait is the best? (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

It’s contest time.

Which UGA hand-sketched portrait of a recruit is the best? Or most closely resembles the real photo of a prospect?

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers (12thmanpromotions)

UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers (12thmanpromotions)

OL Chuma Edoga of McEachern (AJC)

OL Chuma Edoga of McEachern (AJC)

DB Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside (AJC)

DB Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside (AJC)

DE D'Andre Walker of Langston Hughes (12thman promotions)

DE D’Andre Walker of Langston Hughes (12thman promotions)

LB Roquan Smith of Macon County (12thmanpromotions)

LB Roquan Smith of Macon County (12thmanpromotions)

UGA’s recruiting efforts made national news after Mark Richt sent hand-drawn portraits with autographed messages to some of the state’s top football prospects.

It is proving to be a way for UGA to separate itself from competitors when sending recruiting mail to elite high school juniors who routinely get hundreds of letters every week.

“I’d say my UGA portrait is the most creative thing I’ve gotten in the mail (from a college) so far,” McEachern High School offensive lineman Chuma Edoga said. “I thought it was pretty cool that they took the time to do (the drawing).

“And it was a pretty good drawing. I feel like it looks like me a little bit.”

The idea was the brainchild of Daryl Jones, UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting. He was looking for something creative, something to make UGA stand out from other colleges, and something that met NCAA compliance standards.

“No one else is doing this to the best of my knowledge,” Jones said. “But you know what? That’s not really the intent. The intent was to do something that was genuine and sincere. It wasn’t to be seen as some type of copycat material.

“We’ve got enough workers. We could mail someone 100 letters in one day. There’s a law of diminishing margin utility at some point, don’t you think?”

One of the student assistants in UGA’s recruiting office, Lisa Rader (a graphic design major), performs the artwork. It takes about one full day of work to sketch a recruit’s face with him wearing half of his high school football uniform and half of UGA’s uniform.

The portraits are autographed by Richt, who also writes a short message, and then mailed to the prospects.

Even though UGA’s recruiting tactic only recently caught the media’s attention, the Bulldogs have been sending out the sketches since last summer. Lorenzo Carter and Nick Chubb are two of the team’s 2014 signees who got artwork in the mail.

“It’s always good when A, it’s within (NCAA) compliance, and B, it strikes a cord with a particular recruit and it means something to them,” Jones said. “And when the head football coach from the University of Georgia writes a note personalized to you on a picture of you wearing a Georgia uniform, we’re betting that it resonates with prospects.”

Stephenson High School defensive end Chauncey Rivers, who has committed to UGA for next year, liked his portrait so much that he hung one copy on his bedroom wall and another in a plaque in the family room.

“I just thought it was a great way to get a prospect’s attention; it got mine,” he said.

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113 comments
TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Snore    Yawn   Boring    Is this the best material Michael Carvell has?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Is there an official winner yet?

MitchellTbonefeather
MitchellTbonefeather

These portraits just aren't very good. They just aren't. There. I said it.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

PLEASE take this down. We're into what? Day 4?


I'm taking a play from Moist - I'm gonna hurl. 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Lisa Rader a third year Graphic Design major from Pittsburgh PA...  who also has been working on designs in the recruiting office, the past two years, is the talented artist that created these FAM15 portraits... Thanks Lisa for a excellent job well done.... next time sign you name... already!

"BELIEVE" in the G

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

I like the one of Mark Richt waving good-bye to his dignity while singing happy birthday.

Whiznot
Whiznot

Every one looks like an offensive caricature. Who was the artist? Glenn Beck???

Dawg350
Dawg350

Chauncey rivers will be one our best DE's ever! Who all agrees with me?

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

My vote goes to Chauncey Rivers because he stepped up first and committed to the G... therefore his portrait is absolutely the best... although 4 of the remaining 5 are very close to getting their G on too! One of the 5 uncommitted has his bedroom already painted in Red & Black (approved by mom) in favor of the G....

Some new name's to watch closely 2015 4* OT Sterling Jenkins 6' 8" 305 lbs Pittsburg PA (Baldwin) Two 2014 players 3* S Tez Parks 6' 0" 198 lbs 4.5 - 40 Hogansville GA (Callaway) 3* WR Trey Willis Griffin GA (Griffin) pending ACT scores... only room for one.... this information comes from the infamous Socrates...

"BELIEVE" in the G

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

How many top Recruits have Georgia lose to Alabama, Auburn or a few years ago to Mississippi because of gimmicks . Even though most of those Recruits said they grew up watching UGA Football and loved the Dawgs ,  when it came down to signing a Scholarship, that wasn't near as important as getting a brother or girlfriend a Scholarship or 200 letters in the mail that they could spread out on Facebook and act the big shot like the Recruit really accomplished something.

Gimmicks don't work with kids that have a normal childhood who have a lot more going on in their life than Football. They are able to keep it in prospective but many kids because of economic disadvantages have nothing else except the fact that they are great Football players. These kids are treated like Gods at the High School level and when Recruiters  fan their ego by keeping them in the spot light it makes them think the praise will continue in College. 

It's not hard to set up a profile on Recruits and determine what gimmicks will work the best on them but I am glad that Richt is finally joining the rest of the top Recruiters  in admitting that you have to fight fire with fire sometimes as long as there  is no standard to follow pertaining to Recruiting from the NCAA or SEC.

NCDawg
NCDawg

I asked the question yesterday and I still haven't gotten any sort of answer.  Do we know for certain that Coach Richt drew these portraits?  It doesn't say that he did specifically.  The autographed message is his but the actual artist is being assumed.


As for the quality... I think Coach Richt would be the first to tell you he isn't a professional artist.  The kids are all about who really cares about me.  I think these little touches show alot more genuine care than a chat about their future does.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Fun article Michael. I think the "old guy" is so senile everything is boring to him!!!

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@TheOldGuy  The headline is pretty clear what this blog is about. If you are not interested in reading it, feel free not to click on it.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Delusionaldog please do... maybe you'll spew all over the computer and fry it.  That seems about the only damned way to shut you up.


LMAO!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Dawg-Gawn

" next time sign you name... already!"

Isn't the whole point here to make the recruits think Richt drew them himself?

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Obama_Joke you wave good bye to your dignity ( if you ever had one ) every time you post.  Yeah you are a joke.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@Obama_Joke  I'm pretty sure anyone who blames his problems on Obama and obsesses over anything UGA-related isn't qualified to comment on "dignity"

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Richt should just show them all his NC rings. That should impress them a bunch. Better still you might want to assign that to Jeremey Pruitt instead of Richt. Just saying.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@NCDawg  That is how Brother operates. He will take credit if it turns out to be a succesful gimmick. If it doesn't,  he will do the " he let the players talk him into it".

Either way, your head coach is fooling around with drawings.

You pay him millions, and this crap? Isn't it in the middle of spring practice?.

If he worked for Bear Bryant, Bear would still be kicking him in the backside.    

You can't be that dumb NC. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Boom.....down goes Fraizer...I mean the Old Guy...wait I am right it was the old guy Fraizer

NCDawg
NCDawg

@PaulinNH @Dawg-Gawnno.  That isn't the point.  Coach Richt would not want the recruits thinking that he drew them because they might ask him to do another on a visit and where would he be then?  And it would happen sooner or later.  No, the point is that the picture is obviously hand drawn and has a personalized autograph from Coach Richt.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillieand every time one of you Bammers thumps his chest and gloats about all the Championships you've won just think about this:


How much do you pay attention to the loud mouth that has to tell everyone who will listen how he was the top salesman 3 out of the past 5 years?  That is who you are.  And that is just how petty you are.


Nailed.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie you can't be that stupid.  Georgia finished #8 in the final recruiting rankings for  2014.  Open mouth and insert foot.  You make it sooo easy.

Yeah... Bama was first. So f-ing what?  You didn't even play for the SEC CG with your last #1 batch.  So which was the bigger flop?  No SEC CG and a number one recruiting class or no SEC CG and a number 11 recruiting class?

LMFAO!

 



Dawg350
Dawg350

Wet wooly booger

Why you care for mick Dundee?

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie shot yourself in the foot with that one WetWussy.  Coach Richt was OC for 2 teams at FSU that won National Championships.  I'm sure he still has them but you will notice that he doesn't wave them around because he has character.


My Dad told me a long time ago that if you have to tell someone that you're the boss, you aren't.  That goes for a bunch things in life including BS crap like flaunting championship rings to prove you are a champion.


You can take your foot out of you mouth now.


LMFAO!

HornDawg
HornDawg

Pretty sure Richt has two as an assistant. Last I checked two is more than one...just saying.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

"If you had known.... in this day, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes" ....things that are visible are brief and fleeting, while things that are invisible are everlasting...

"BELIEVE" in the G

NCDawg
NCDawg

@WhiskeyBreath @NCDawgWhiskey_ick - what the hell do you know?  The spamming the recruit ploy seems a bit further down the dignity  scale to me than a amateur drawing and an autograph from the coach.


You are a complete joke.  Your every post is a reminder to everyone else what a complete loser you are.  Just when you think it can't get any lower you manage to stoop even lower.  The Bear wouldn't have even wasted the time to scrap you off the bottom of his shoe.  That is how worthless you are.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @NCDawg look at the quotes.  "they showed me alot of love" blah blah.  Look at Jacob Park's quotes about how the personal letters he received meant alot to him.  No, it isn't everything but it does matter to them.  But it could be a difference maker in a neck and neck race.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Card

You're an idiot.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

no doubt he is serious...that guy never struck out in little league...oh yeah ..he is serious

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie On further review, you and your Bammer buddies aren't like the loud mouth bragging about being the top salesman after all.  You are the sniveling suck ups that try to ride the coat tails of the guy that brags about being the top salesman.

LMFAO!  That is exactly what you are.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie gotcha.  That one got you like a swift kick to the crotch because you know it's true.  You are that guy. You and all the other pitiful Bammers that come here.  You repeat it daily because you are afraid that somebody might forget how amazing you are for being a fan of the Crimson Tide.

You can stuff the continued references to my not having stuck out in little league.  That is in no way even vaguely like what you Bammers do.  I let my temper get the better of me and posted something that, while true, wasn't any of your f-ing business.  Only a child brings up something like that.  It was posted once.  Unlike you and your Bammer buds that continually gloat about something that you claim but did nothing to deserve that claim



KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

That loud mouth sounds just like you Sport! Some Fing loud mouths never struck out in little league...

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie that is called creativity  sport.  Character is about what is inside you and how you conduct your business.  People with character don't have to wave around rings to prove they are champions.  That is what little boys with self image issues do to try to impress people.  A man with character doesn't try to impress people.


Your reply shows your total lack of understanding of the subject, sport.  That doesn't surprise me seeing that you demonstrate a severe lack of character every time you gloat about your Tide.  People with character wouldn't dream of doing that.


Thank you for the opportunity to clarify that for everyone.


LMFAO!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Character....LOL...Dream Team,Missing Man Team,5 Yard Short team,Glamor Shots Team,Up in Smoke Team,Ring Team,and Happy Birthday Darling Team. Did I miss any.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Pruitt has 5..played on one(Richt never played a meaninful down in his career), 3 at Bama and 1 at FSU.

thebucket
thebucket

@PaulinNH @thebucket "Speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15) Jesus wasn't always nice to the religious crowd either. He especially didn't like the ones who thought they were qualified to tell everyone else who was His follower and who was not.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@thebucket

And, of course, the way you show love for your fellow man is to tell him  "you wouldn't know your butt from a hole in the ground".

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath @thebucket@Dawg-Gawn@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie You wouldn't know your butt from a hole in the ground. And you especially don't know what you're talking about when it comes to Christians. You were one of the folks slamming Richt for saying he loves his players and yet Jesus said the most outstanding characteristic of a Christian is .... wait for it .... LOVE! (John 13:35)

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Dawg-Gawn @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  

What kind of BS is that Dawg-
Gawn. ? You are starting to believe your on BS.

Oh yea, I forgot, that is the GA way.

You have been doing that " Believe in th G crap for months.

Has any idiot bought it?

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @NCDawgnothing melodramatic about pointing out the kids are noticing more and more that the only thing anybody seems to care about is how they play the game.  They sense that and anything that makes them feel more human seems to go a longer way than you'd think.  Having 30-40 major schools jabbering at you night and day and every one of them is saying some version of the same thing wears thin after the initial thrill wears off.  Then it comes down to 'who is really interested in me, the person" in some cases.


Sure there are some guys that are attention hounds and they play along for S&G's.  But if you really look at the quotes you'll find a bit more of the "who really cares about me?" than you'd think.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg Meant no harm NC, you just seemed a little melodramatic.