It’ll be star-studded on both the field and in the stands this Saturday when Georgia and Alabama face each other at Sanford Stadium.
A ton of big-time recruits are expected to be in attendance for a game that is among the best in the nation this week. With Georgia looking to remain unbeaten against an Alabama program that has been a mainstay near the top of the college football ranks since the late 2000s, many recruits will be able to catch the action first-hand.
Among those expected to be in attendance for Saturday’s game are Elberton athlete Mecole Hardman, IMG Academy (by the way of Buford) tight end Isaac Nauta and Archer receiver Kyle Davis. Dawgs247’s Rusty Mansell has a full list of recruits that will be there this weekend.
For head coach Mark Richt, it can be tough to organize this many recruits in for one game. But it sure says something when so many want to be in town for such a big game.
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“It’s not easy to manage but it’s exciting to know that many great players want to come to our school and be here for this moment,” Richt said. “I say to our recruits you need to choose anywhere you want to be, and you chose to come here. That means a lot. Those that are about to come and enjoy this thing, we enjoy it a lot.”
Richt has an interesting perspective on recruiting. It would be easy to assume, especially in games like this, that the winning team comes out of a game with an edge.
Not necessarily, Richt said.
Often, a recruit may already be interested in a program and therefore rooting for it from start to finish. Sometimes, it just depends on how a game turns out.
“I don’t think the team that wins necessarily might get this guy over another,” Richt said. “I think more times than not, as the game’s being played, it reveals to the kid who he likes the best. He sees a battle. Somewhere in his gut he’s probably going to be cheering for one team over the other. I’ve seen that happen a lot. If he’s not sure, I think it comes down to, ‘Where do I fit in their plans? What kind of people am I going to be around?’”
Hitting the links
Georgia's Greyson Lambert is set for the big stage against Alabama.
Richt said Rico McGraw is probable for Saturday's game against Alabama.
On Wednesday's Junkyard Dawgcast, AL.com's Matt Zenitz made an appearance to talk about the Crimson Tide.
There will be no parking on the intramural fields on College Station Road this weekend for Georgia's game.
Malcolm Mitchell is looking forward to the big matchup this weekend.
Isaiah McKenzie will face no charges from an incident at a local restaurant in which he was accused of making a threat.
The AJC's Seth Emerson writes about the heavy Alabama influence now in the Georgia program.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Connor Riley writes that Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are chasing touchdowns together.
Another Bama running back
Alabama running backs Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake will be tough to deal with this Saturday,
But Richt could be needing to account for a third option in Alabama's backfield. Bo Scarbrough, a former five-star running back in high school, was suspended for the first four games for violating an NCAA rule related to his amateur status and will now be available to play against Georgia. He's also recovered from an ACL tear sustained this past spring.
"Bo's a very talented guy," Richt said. "We certainly watched his high school tape and were very interested in him but it turned out he chose Alabama. I don't know if they have plans for him or not quite frankly but before his career is over, I think he'll prove to be a really great back."
Wayne County head coach Jody Grooms on Greyson Lambert being able to transition from Virginia to Georgia: "He put himself in position to continue his studies at University of Virginia or anywhere else. It wasn’t a rule they put in place for Greyson. What happened with the success Russell Wilson had at Wisconsin opened a lot of kids’ eyes. Especially at that position."
Song of the day
"Level" by The Raconteurs