Posted: 6:42 pm Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Mark Richt dropped UGA recruit for misbehaving on Twitter 

By Michael Carvell

There was so much news coming out of UGA’s Media Day on Friday that it was hard to keep up with it all. For a recap, check out complete coverage by the AJC’s Chip Towers.

One of the most interesting things that Mark Richt said, at least from a recruiting perspective, was telling reporters that he dropped a commitment from UGA’s 2014 recruiting class because of his behavior on Twitter and social media. (And if you follow any recruits on Twitter, you know how it’s simply out of control with the vulgar, offensive, sexist, racist and profanity-laced things some of the kids say on there).

Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Richt declined to identify the ex-UGA recruit but here’s what he had to say about the situation:

“I can’t publicly say, ‘Hey, we dropped this guy.’ But there’s guys that we drop from the recruiting process because of things that we may find out on a visit. They may come and one of our current players will say, ‘Coach, he’s not going to make it around here.’ Or we had one kid last year because of what he had on social media. He had some stuff on social media that we didn’t like. We keep an eye on all that.

“We told (the kid and) we told his coach (that) we don’t condone that, and he was a guy who was already committed to Georgia. And he persisted. Well, actually he changed his (Twitter) handle and continued to do that kind of thing thinking we wouldn’t find out. And we found out about it, and we cut him.

“We rescinded that offer to him, because if he’s not going to do what we say to do at that point then what’s going to make us feel like he’s going to do it when he gets here. There’s definitely a vetting process that we’re very serious about.”

Who exactly was the ex-UGA recruit? The Bulldogs had six public de-commitments in 2014, including, ironically, the first four kids who committed in the 2014 class. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Nick Glass, DB, Peachtree Ridge: Glass was kicked off his high school team during his senior season for undisclosed reasons. His college status is unknown.
  • Stanley Williams, RB, George Walton Academy: Williams was UGA’s first pledge for 2014, committing on the spot the summer after his freshman year after earning an offer on Dawg Night. There was a bizarre situation when Williams told reporters details about a visit to Notre Dame’s campus that never happened. He signed with Kentucky.
  • Demarre Kitt, WR, Sandy Creek: He said he de-committed from UGA after not hearing from the Bulldogs for a few months, and ended up signing with Clemson.
  • Dontavius Russell, DT, Carrollton: He flipped from UGA to Auburn because his uncle was BFF’s with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
  • Krenwick Sanders, WR, Wayne County: It’s still a mystery with what happened between Sanders and UGA but it was not a good sign when he didn’t show up at any events or games after committing to the Bulldogs. He signed with Wisconsin.
  • Kendall Gant, DB, Lakeland (Fla.): Gant de-committed a few days before signing day due to “academic reasons” and headed to Marshall.

Note: I do not know which recruit was dropped by UGA, but if we find out, we will provide that person the opportunity to tell his side of the events, like we do every time there’s a de-commit from UGA, Georgia Tech or high-profile kids from the state of Georgia.

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133 comments
meandog
meandog

Another recruit for All-Barn or the Fowls at South Carolina no doubt !

Dynasty
Dynasty

Good for Coach Richt. Several of these kids become narcissistic and think everything is all about them and what they want to do. Seems like we see this more and more with high profile recruits. 


As a Bama fan I've seen Saban in the middle of recruiting several very high profile recruits over the years. Then all of a sudden you just don't hear about Alabama recruiting them anymore. You kinda wondered why we were all of a sudden not in the running, then you see some of the comments and issues these guys had as high school players, and you sort of realize Saban dodged a few land mines. The ones I'm thinking of ended up going to other rival schools and usually ended up getting kicked off those teams. Georgia largely avoided the same players I'm thinking of. UT picked up a few of them and sure enough they ended up getting in trouble at UT.  

Deepdiver
Deepdiver

If no one is being named, how do we know this is not a stunt to bolster Richt's good guy, clean cut image?  It could easily be made up.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

Why continue trying to find out who it was ??  let it die. It happened, hopefully the id learned from it (but maybe not given the fact that he continued doing it after being warned by UGA).  But whatever, it is not relevant no other than to try to stir things up. call someone out.

BCB
BCB

UGA did the right thing. Employers have been looking at twitter and facebook or several years now.

SteveJobs
SteveJobs

Why don't the guys in the program go to Richt about the ones who end up getting arrested and transferring?  Are they just going to him to avoid getting recruited out of a chance to start at their position?

someonesdad
someonesdad

I'm a Tech fan, but I have immense respect for the level of class Richt expects from his team.

shep2121
shep2121

Good!  I'm tired of the attitude of athletes.  Think they are gifts from on high. 

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Richt pulled the scholly in the Nick of time. He knows he lives in a Glass house.

electric1234
electric1234

Richt is cutting his losses instead of losing face among fans, media or the public's eye over their lack of investigating future garbage can players at his garbage can college! 

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

"One of the most interesting things that Mark Richt said, at least from a recruiting perspective, was telling reporters that he dropped a commitment from UGA’s 2014 recruiting class because of his behavior on Twitter and social media. (And if you follow any recruits on Twitter, you know how it’s simply out of control with the vulgar, offensive, sexist, racist and profanity-laced things some of the kids say on there)."


Weed the crappy kids out and recruit from better stock! Georgia is full of quality prospects from all colors and backgrounds.


Amen...

doggoneit
doggoneit

But if your going to Louisville with Coach Patrino it's totally acceptable.

slydawg
slydawg

How about when you find out, don't bother reporting the story at all. What is there to gain at this point but negative, racist reactions?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BCB That's as big an invasion of privacy as random drug testing, Big Brother abusing us further. I still can't believe they make me wear a seatbelt, that's my business.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@shep2121  Dont blame the colleges - that mentality started in elementary/middle school and then High school took it to the stratosphere as far as the kids walk on water.  By the time they get to college they are beyond being spoiled brats (not all of them) ad think thy can do whatever ey want and getaway with it.... because they did in HS.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@electric1234 You mean that garbage can college that you couldn't get in?  Funny how a place turns to trash when it rejects you. Kinda like a hot girl that you are infatuated with turns into a stupid b--ch when she rejects your advances.

Savdon
Savdon

@Jack5150 

When the coaches call the recruit and his coach(es) and the recruit persists with his behavior, he has blown his SECOND chance.  Good grief.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@Jack5150 Aren't you the number one culprit of "tearing down" anyone from UGA for any reason?  Your anger and hatred of CMR is a little overwhelming most of the time.  Your posts however a little underwhelming though.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Jack5150

If making mistakes tears you down it is because you let it. Use your mistakes as a learning tool and just shift into a higher gear. The biggest positive would be that you know and admit that you made a mistake in the first place. What can never happen is for you to make the same mistake.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Jack5150 Sounds like you stayed awake for the whole sermon, you didn't make change in the offering plate did you?

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@slydawg why report it ?? it gets him hits...racist ?? I saw 1 in 89 posts referring to race...lighten up Francis...go dogs

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@slydawg 


As MC said in the ARTICLE he wants to give the subject an opportunity to tell his side of the story which, in my opinion, is always the way to go!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@slydawg Maybe if they hear about this recruit they will watch their damn foul mouths! sorry

DawgNole
DawgNole

@gtcaryd @BCB

I used to feel that way. Problem is, the increased medical costs traced to the more traumatic injuries that generally result from not wearing seat belts must be borne by ALL of us.

GTAlum
GTAlum

@gtcaryd @BCB What invasion of privacy?  This is stuff you are posting on a public Internet site that is accessible to anyone.  If a complete stranger can look at it, why shouldn't a prospective employer or recruiter look at it?


This is more a lesson that everyone needs to learn now - that everything you post on social media is public, unless that service has a way to make things private and you use it.  If you post stuff that you don't want certain people finding out about in a public place, it's your fault when they find it - and social media networks are public places.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@gtcaryd @BCB  the if you got hurt/died in a wreck without wearing it the insurance companies should be allowed to not pay any claims.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gtcaryd 

I don't have a problem with Richt saying he dropped a recruit because of his behavior on social media - but what is the point of MC playing "guess the name of the recruit"?  If a poster had attacked a recruit MC would have deleted the post.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Gt....we can only hope.

And slaw, panicking? All the negative, nasty crap he tosses out. That's rich.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Jack5150 

Checks are the way to go - gives you documentation for when you take charitable deductions on your 1040

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Jack5150 @gtcaryd I did that once, you know them suckers cashed that thing. Do me a favor and throw a little extra in for me sometimes. Can't hurt.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@PaulinNH @gtcaryd 


There is a huge difference in reporting and attacking especially when the reporter advises the recruit will be given a chance to tell his side of the story!!!


MC has not thus far "attacked" subject recruit and judging by past performance he will not. I don't always agree with him but that probably applies to the large majority on here!!!!


If you want "attacking" just wait until the "subject" tells his side of the story. We will get to  E N J O Y  the opinions of Trolls, UGA  Pro, UGA Con and Mr. Negatives!!!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@PaulinNH @gtcaryd Recruit Roulette. MC probably regrets putting that up, everybody steps in it every now and then. Like 5150 learned in church today, second chances are good. God i had my share of them.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@HotDawg 


Are you responding to "Slawdawg"  or "Slydawg"????


There is a huge difference!!!!!!!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@PaulinNH @Jack5150

My wife's church sends out quarterly and year-end statements of donations. No need to keep track of checks.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@DawgNole @PaulinNH @Jack5150 DNole...I believe that write off will be a thing of the past...Big Brother knows best...and I don't believe he cares for religion...go dogs