RECRUITING: Two things you should know about Georgia Coach Mark Richt

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s recruiting coverage was enlightening today about the state of Georgia football. If you want to know about Georgia’s recruiting and leadership, then listen to what a football recruit had to say about the Bulldogs.

The AJC asked about the most creative recruiting gimmicks, and this was Kenyan Drake’s answer: “There really wasn’t anything too creative, other than the coaches just showing up at my school and coming to see me. I think when [Alabama’s Nick Saban] and [Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson], along with [UGA assistant Bryan McClendon], came to my school and showed me love, I felt like that was one of the most important things in the whole recruiting process.” (See story here.)

OK, let’s look at this.

Alabama’s head coach.

Georgia Tech’s head coach.

Georgia assistant coach.

Notice something there?

Is this an indication that Mark Richt is lazy on the recruiting trail? Is this an sign that Richt delegates too much? Either way, it is an indication that Richt didn’t make an impact like rival head coaches.

The AJC asked Drake which coach was not the nicest, he answered: “Well, I wouldn’t say not the nicest, but I would have to say Coach Saban. But I’m not saying he was not the nicest. He’s really straight forward. You know what I mean? I’m not saying he’s mean but I’m not saying he’s ‘buddy buddy’ with you either. He’s very businesslike. I’m not saying Coach Richt isn’t businesslike but they have two different personalities. Coach Richt is really caring. I’m not going to say Coach Saban isn’t. He’s just real straight forward, to the point and businesslike. And he gives it to you like this, and if it’s not like this, then there’s no other way. With Coach Mark Richt, I feel like he’s more lenient.”

Coach Mark Richt feels more lenient.

Could that be the reason for all the legal troubles in Athens? Fortunately, Georgia has improved its penalty problems from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons—something that was an indication of a serious leadership problem on the field. The Bulldogs were much better in 2010 and 2011 and were among the best of the conference. However, this impression of being too lenient could be a big clue about Georgia’s problems in the SEC East.

What do you think? Are these problems for Georgia or just the chatter of recruits that signifies nothing? I like Coach Richt both as a person and a football coach. He is a man of integrity, but you can’t ignore the problems around his program. Has Richt become complacent like Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville?