2008 Signing Day: News and Notes

ATHENS – If any Georgia fans are keeping track of which Bulldogs assistant football coaches have landed which recruits in the upcoming signing class, they shouldn't be.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt doesn't, and it bothers him that some people do.

"I don't even pay attention to that," Richt said. "I don't care where they come from."

The Bulldogs assign each assistant coach a geographical region and that coach is responsible for gathering data on players from that region and beginning the recruiting of them. Once a prospect is identified, the coach who works with that player's position and Richt join in the recruiting.

"We definitely do it as a team," Richt said. "That's why we never, ever say that's so-and-so's recruit. The recruiting services like to do it and even (the media) does it."

That kind of attitude promotes an unhealthy atmosphere, Richt said.

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"I don't want a coach to push a guy in his area because he doesn't want to end up with nobody from his area or have people say he didn't get anybody from his area," Richt said. "I know each coach is going to be diligent and do his job."

THE NEW GUY: Speaking of recruiting, that's one of the reasons Richt hired former Florida State assistant John Lilly as his tight ends coach last month. But not the only one.

Lilly was the Seminoles tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, but he's also a good fit for Georgia's staff and a good on-field coach, Richt said.

"We certainly didn't bring in Coach Lilly (just) because he's a great recruiter," Richt said. "No. 1, he's an outstanding person and he's going to buy into the way we do things around here. No. 2, he is an outstanding coach. If you're going to be an outstanding coach, you've got to be an outstanding recruiter."

FAITH-BASED APPEAL: In response to a question from a reporter investigating the role of religion in recruiting, Richt didn't deny the fact that his outspoken faith is a benefit on the recruiting trail in most instances.

"I think that every person has some kind of belief system, whether it's one of faith in the Lord or not," he said. "People tend to be comfortable with turning their child over to someone or a group of people who might have like-minded beliefs. I think that does come into play. I think it's just natural of people of any belief system to feel more comfortable with people who are in agreement with you."

RANKINGS UPDATE: The class Georgia is expected to sign on Wednesday, which includes 24 players who are publicly committed to the program, has fallen one spot to No. 3 nationally in Scout.com's rankings. The Bulldogs, and former No. 1 Notre Dame, were passed by Alabama, which has 28 commitments.

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