June 12, 2009

Saturday a big day for Bulldog recruiting

Southwest Dekalb running back Kendrun Malcome and defensive end T.J. Strippling will be there. So will wide receivers Chris Dunkley and Charone Peak. Don't forget about five-star linebacker Jeff Luc.

Those are just five of a number of top prospects scheduled to take part in the Mark Richt Elite Camp at Georgia's Woodruff Practice Facility Saturday.

Not only will those in attendance receive the opportunity to hone their skills by working with members of the Bulldog coaching staff, but it will also give coaches a unique opportunity to gauge the talent of the players, many of whom already have offers to play for Georgia in 2010.

"It's a big day. A great majority of these kids are seniors, guys that are 2010 prospects. Young men, like our big camp, we've only 18 seniors in our big camp where we used to have 118," Richt said. "Now, the kids that are seniors want to go to the one-day camps so they target those camps and instead of going to one camp for three days they'll go to three camps for one day or more."

Other top prospects confirmed to appear include Southwest DeKalb cornerback Jonathan Mincy, Heritage cornerback Garry Peters, safety Brian Randolph, defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, defensive ends Jamie Deloach and Henry Anderson, offensive lineman Eric Mack, wide receivers Jonathan Krause and Bradley Robey, fullback Blake Gowder, along with quarterbacks Austin Petrick, Austin Brown, Price Litton, Clint Trickett and Christian LeMay, who was just offered a scholarship today.

According to numbers provided by Rivals.com, the Bulldogs have approximately 100 offers on the table for the approximate 18-20 scholarships that are expected to be available next fall.

While that may seem like a lot, Richt said Georgia's approach has been similar to what it's been in recent years.

"We're probably a little slower this year on some of our offers, some of them. We just want to be diligent. We want to make sure the guy can play, make sure the guy can make it academically, make sure the guys is a good guy and make sure he's someone we want in our program," Richt said. "Sometimes that takes time."

Richt defended his reasons for doing so.

"You want to see the entire pool of athletes before you throw too many out because if you throw two or three out at a certain position, and you go through spring recruiting, you might see three more that you like better," Richt said. "That's why when we make an offer we're very, very serious about accepting that offer if he's ready. Sometimes that makes a young man feel unloved at times, but at least they know it's been a very thorough evaluation and his position coach is certain about wanting him in the program."

Georgia continues to make inroads in Florida as well.

Of Georgia's approximate 100 offers, 32 currently hail from the Sunshine State.

"I don't know if we're getting more interest from those kids, we've always thrown out there but it does seem more Florida kids are taking an interesting in Georgia," Richt said. "When I say that, I mean we're getting consideration from the top-flight kids in the state. We're looking for that first-tier guy. In the past a few have popped in here and there but we are definitely getting more interest."

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