Richt Talks Recruiting

Read on to see everything Mark Richt was saying as National Signing Day is just several weeks away now.

Head Coach Mark Richt Post-Practice Availability Transcript

West Virginia – Russell Athletic Bowl – December 17, 2016

 

On how often he talks about weather as it relates to recruiting…

“I was going to tweet something out today, as a matter of fact. I’ll tell you what my tweet’s going to be, you can tweet it for me. I was going to say how thankful I am that I’m living in paradise, and then report the weather. What was the temperature today? It’s 81 and sunny, nice breeze. Beautiful day. Beautiful day in paradise.”

 

On Ahmmon Richards named a Freshman All-America, and showing recruits their opportunities…

“It just proves we’re not afraid to play a freshman. Sometimes we’re in absolute need to play freshmen. Ahmmon ended up moving ahead of guys that were already here. Shaq [Quarterman] moved ahead of some guys that were already here. [Mike] Pinckney, the same thing. It’s not like we’re in dire straits at every position, and the only way you’re going to play is if there’s a hole to fill. If you can come in and prove that you have a better chance of playing the way we’re going to ask you to play than the guy ahead of you, we’re not afraid to play who we think is best. Whether you’re a freshman, a sophomore or a junior or senior, whether you’re a walk-on, it really doesn’t matter to us. If you come in, you’re mature enough, and you have the talent base, we’ll play you, and you may start and be an All-America too.”

 

On where Richards has improved and needs to continue to improve…

“Just his body. He’s in great shape, and he looks great, but my guess is he’ll add some muscle. I would guess between four and eight pounds of muscle for a guy that is already a pretty good-sized kid. I could see bigger guns a year from now. Just a little more imposing physically for him, and in so doing, keeping his speed and agility. He’s been trying to perfect his trade all along. He’ll keep doing that.”

 

On wide receiver recruiting, and looking to junior college options…

“We need great receivers. We need guys who can make plays. We need guys that have the skillset that we need to get off the jam and catch the ball in traffic, and hopefully enough top-end speed to scare people to back off you on certain routes. We got to have enough speed on the edges, for sure. That’s a big need. We have some guys that are pretty good possession-type guys. But we need more guys who can really run.”

 

On if junior college wide receivers are an option…

“Anything is an option. [Junior college] is an option, graduate transfer is an option…anybody who we think can be able to function and help us win. Not just function, but make us better.”

 

On which of the backup quarterbacks has been the most consistent during practice…

“Malik [Rosier] is getting most of the reps. I haven’t been sitting there trying to study who’s doing the best of those guys, but just the fact that Malik has been getting the majority of the reps lets you know where we think he is on the depth chart. Evan [Shirreffs] is getting a good many as well. Evan has done a nice job. Jack [Allison] has pretty much been scout team guy helping the team win as the scout team quarterback most of the time. That’s where we’re at.”

 

On recruiting numbers and having extra scholarships for 2018 class and future classes…

“There’s two things – we don’t want to load the boat to the top and miss the chance at a graduate transfer in the spring, or miss a chance even at a late [junior college transfer] who is graduating in May. Like you say, if we end up under the number, it allows us to bring in another midyear enrollee in the next year’s class. Not only a number, but a midyear number. The midyear number is important, because this year we may have as many as 10 or 11 midyear guys. You have to have space in order to bring in a midyear. If we had 16 guys that wanted to be midyear, we probably wouldn’t have room for them. Our goal is to not bring in a guy just to bring in a guy, and leave space for that next year’s class or leave space for a graduate transfer, or leave space for a junior college guy who is graduating late. If we nailed everybody that we were looking for, maybe there would be space for one or two. If we don’t, there might be space for three or four, or something like that.”

 

On the addition of Texas transfer Adrian Colbert and what he has meant to the team…

“He has been great. He’s a great example. Him and Marquez Williams are two graduate transfers who came in and really ended up starting for us at some time or another – Quez in our “21” package or pro set, he’s our starting fullback and Colbert has started here and there and been helpful on special teams. Those guys are like gold. They’re mature, they’re ready to play. In terms of recruiting, when you’re talking about room for graduate transfers, those guys, because they’re already graduates, they don’t count against next year’s number, so to speak.”

 

On the appreciativeness of Williams and Colbert, the team’s two graduate transfers…

“When guys have been around long enough, and been through whatever they went through – you look at ‘Pops’ [Marquez Williams] being at the school he was at, Mars Hill, that’s where my son Jon went. It’s an awesome place. It was a great experience for my son and for Marquez. But Miami is a different level of football. That was Division II football, and this is major Division I ball. Now he’s like, ‘Wow, this is awesome, I’m loving it.’ Colbert kind of found a new start here and took advantage of it. I know he’s appreciative as well.”


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