The University of Georgia to pursue Penn State players
After the hammer swung deep on Penn State’s football program on July 23rd, the NCAA gave a certain form of amnesty to the program’s current recruits and players.
More or less, they have been set free to do as they please and the University of Georgia is wasting no time throwing their hat in the ring to bolster their ranks.
UGA coach Mark Richt stated that both he and his staff have looked for Penn State’s two-deep roster at “UGA Day” according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“We do have some space available and if somebody fits a need and they’re excited about coming we would look into that possibility. There may not be anybody. But we’re at least going to explore. … I don’t want people to think we’re trying to load up a bunch of them. It could be zero, it could be one or two.”
Richt and his program could stand to get some good news after his group has become the SEC’s equivalent to the Detroit Lions this off-season.
Sophomore tailback Isaiah Crowell was cut loose from the team in June after being arrested on weapons charges. Defensive back Branden Smith was arrested on drug charges on his way to Spring Break in March. Defensive back Sanders Commings was arrested for a domestic violence incident in January. Bacardi Rambo will be suspended 4 games after positive test for marijuana.
Richt commented on how the program approaches this issues that also included the dismissal of several player in January for stealing from a teammate.
“When guys do make mistakes, two things are very important: How we handle it and how he handles it,” Richt said. “Are we going to discipline our players the way they ought to be disciplined according to what they’ve done? I think we do that. I
think we do that more strictly than most people do. If you look at other people’s policies, ours is much tougher than just about anybody other’s policy I’ve seen. So because some of our guys end up with a game suspension or whatever it may be, a kid at another school may do the very same thing and their policy doesn’t say that it has to be that way. I mean, I don’t care what they do. All I’m saying is I think it’s important how you handle it.”
With these things on their current resume what weapons does Georgia have to fight with that will help them win some of these kids and most importantly their parents over?
Recent hire John Thomas ran the Penn State strength program for 20 years and has inside tracks within the building.
Will Thomas be enough? Who knows?
The Bulldogs have the roster space, open arms and an opportunity.