Recruiting: Minter Proof Georgia Can Be Tough

With several coaches, including new defensive line coach Glenn Spencer, having Georgia ties the thought is that the Oklahoma State Cowboys are going to spend some more time in Georgia mining high school talent. Routinely Georgia will have 60 to 70 legitimate Division I football prospects as high school seniors each season.

You have to know that Georgia gets who they want and the others are recruited by other SEC, ACC, and primarily Conference USA schools. There are also the schools in the Sun Belt that will work Georgia.

Location makes it difficult for Oklahoma State. So far this season we know that the OSU coaching staff has offered scholarships to five players in Georgia.

Standout linebacker Kevin Minter of Suwanee (Peachtree Ridge), Ga., is an example of how tough it is to get a premier Georgia player. The 6-1, 240-pound Minter runs a 4.6 in the forty and had 154 tackles playing defensive end last season. He had 137 tackles and six sacks as a junior playing middle linebacker. He is tip top physically with a 340-pound bench press max, 575 on the squat, a 320 max on the incline, and a 32-inch vertical. He isn't going to Georgia, but instead committed to LSU over the likes of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.

"I'm solidly committed to LSU," said Minter when he called me back after missing a couple of weeks ago. "I'm sorry but I had trouble with my phone and I could not return your call."

Minter is a good example of a Georgia player that doesn't stay in state but can't resist staying in the SEC.

"I really like Coach (Les) Miles," said the well-spoken Minter. "He and all the coaches had me comfortable. The national championship was nice and I'm glad they got it, but that isn't why I am going there. It's still close to home, their coaches seemed committed always to the players and the program, (and) the atmosphere is great. I really liked it when I was there."

Minter is a premier player and there is a lot of talent in Georgia. It is going to be rare that OSU will manage to get more than one or a max of two players out of there every year. If they are the right players then it will be worth it. Otherwise, it might be considered questionable time management.

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