ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mark Richt has spent part of this offseason with some crayons and paper. As a recruiting strategy, the Georgia coach and his staff have been sending hand-drawn portraits to various high school football players around the country. The heavily-pursued athletes have seemed to like it, too.
This isn’t the first time that the Bulldogs have used coloring in an attempt to reel in four-and-five star players. They reportedly did it last year, too. But for one recruit, a portrait might have steered him in an opposite direction of Athens, Ga.
Georgia might’ve lost prize recruit because of bad portrait http://t.co/a88IUGHFii
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In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lorenzo Carter, a four-star defensive end who signed with Georgia in February, said another player from the Peach State wasn’t a fan of the portrait drawn of him.
From the interview:
What is the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “I would have to say when UGA drew a picture of me. That was pretty cool. I liked that a lot. They did (the portraits) for me and Raekwon McMillan. We didn’t get Raekwon but still it was good.”
How would you rate the quality and accuracy of your UGA portrait? “I looked good in (the portrait), compared to how I look in real life. Raekwon’s picture didn’t look good. It was ugly. He didn’t like it. That’s probably why he didn’t come to UGA.”
McMillan, a five-star player and the top linebacker in the country, ended up signing with Ohio State. He enrolled at the Columbus school in January and is likely to see serious playing time this fall as a true freshman.
Is he playing for Urban Meyer instead of Richt because of a bad portrait? Probably not. But if someone, who was trying to recruit you, drew a portrait of you that appeared ugly, would you go to that school? Probably not, either.