December 19, 2009

Richt worked on commitments

The NCAA's next dead period for recruiting goes into effect Monday, so head coach Mark Richt and his staff is busy trying to take advantage of what time still remains.

That's one of the reasons Saturday's scheduled two-a-day was reduced to one in the morning, enabling Bulldog assistants to get on the road a little quicker than originally planned.

Naturally, the defensive players who make up Georgia's 19 verbal commitments have had plenty of questions, not the least of which regard who is going to be the Bulldogs' next defensive coordinator.

"Originally and initially, that's been the majority of the conversation. Now, we're just continuing the relationship of them just being excited about being at Georgia and talking about the end of their seasons, about school, about finals, the holidays," Richt said Saturday. "You just continue to spend time with them like you would a friend."

While Georgia's current coaching situation might seem a concern as rival schools try to use it to their advantage, Richt is confident the Bulldogs' 19 verbal commitments will stay true to their word.
Especially, after he was able to speak with the majority of those commitments during last week's annual Senior Gala at the Classic Center in Downtown Athens.

"One thing I think helped us was the Gala. We had an awful lot of the commitments," Richt said. "I got to see every one face to face, eyeball to eyeball, and just talk about what's going on; what the plan is and try to give them some kind of rough gauge of a timetable. I told them the same thing I've said publically, although I know won't always be 100 percent because I can't predict the future."

Richt said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to have a new defensive coordinator in place until after the bowls, although he didn't rule anything out.

"(Before the Gala) We actually had a team meeting where everybody was there, and after that, part of the routine was for everybody to go to the segment meetings, go to practice and then do their thing," Richt said. "But when the defensive players were to go to their segment meetings I just kept them all together and gave them a rundown of what was going on."

Injury update

Starting tackle Josh Davis is currently nursing a sprained ankle and his status for the Independence Bowl is unclear.

"He's not practicing right now," Richt said. "Unfortunately, there's not a lot of time."

If Davis can't play, Richt said his spot in the lineup will be taken by either Vince Vance or Justin Anderson.

This and that

Linebacker Michael Gilliard said Saturday he hopes to have his weight up to 230 pounds by the start of next season. He played this season at 215. "I want to get bigger and I want to get faster," Gilliard said. "It's going to get done." … defensive tackle Geno Atkins said he's not sure if he will play in a post-season bowl, although he has been in contact with the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. … Richt said he hasn't heard of any issues with players having grade problems following last week's final exams. "I haven't heard of any concerns of anybody being on the ropes," Richt said. "By now, if something had been cooking, I would have heard from an academic counselor by now. There's nobody we're sitting on pins and needles. We're not in that situation now, although I am curious. A lot of the grades should be in by now." … Brandon Wood will be moved back to defensive tackle in the spring, Richt said.

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