GRANTHAM AND BOBO ADDRESS FANS
(Grantham is asked about his future at the end of this video snippet.)
ATHENS - One tradition during Georgia's signing day is that the coaches meet with fans at the Butts-Mehre and answer questions. This year head coach Mark Richt, still recovering from hip surgery, couldn't walk up. So coordinators Todd Grantham and Mike Bobo took his place.
And yes, a fan did ask Grantham if he's going to be around another couple years.
"You know what? I can tell you this, that my family loves it here, I like it here a lot, this is a very special place, and today needs to be focused on the players that we've got here right now, and trying to get back to Atlanta," Grantham said.
- Grantham said he was "really excited" about the defensive signees, which will number around 17 guys.
"This whole recruiting class goes back to last year," Grantham said. "The thing you guys gotta realize is right now in class right now working out are six players. Rather than have the splash of a signing day today and those guys committing to us, those guys, they're actually working with us this afternoon, for us to work together to get back to Atlanta and the SEC championship. So those guys are here right now working, and what we get out of them in spring practice is more important than the initial shock of getting a guy on signing day."
- A fan asked about "missing out" on defensive players, without naming names.
"I really don't agree with that as far as missing out," Grantham said. "We've got at three defensive linemen right now, and two of those guys are actually here right now working, in Chris Mayes and John Atkins. And that really puts us almost at the number we can take at defensive line. So I think that's an inaccurate statement. I think the guys we've got right now have some ability to them. I look forward to working with them and winning some ballgames."
- Bobo also talked up the importance of players enrolling early, especially the offensive linemen, Josh Cardiello and Aulden Bynum.
"It's almost like a redshirt year for them getting in this early," Bobo said.
Bobo said the Georgia coaches believed signee Brandon Kublanow is one of the best offensive linemen in the south.
"We love the way he plays the game," Bobo said. "He plays it like a football player and an offensive linemen should be. Very physical and aggressive."
Bobo also said DeVondre Seymour, who committed this morning and then quickly signed, projects as a tackle.
- Regarding a player who signed last year - a day after signing day - Grantham said a position has not been decided yet for Josh Harvey-Clemons.
"He's gonna move around, and we'll just kind of see where he fits," Grantham said.
- Bobo said Brendan Douglas was recruiting "primarily" as a running back, not fullback. Bobo also said he was very excited about tailback prospect A.J. Turman. And when asked about running backs, Bobo talked about Tramel Terry, who signed as an athlete but has mostly been discussed as a receiver.
"The guy that jumps off to me that's on this list immediately is the No. 1 player in South Carolina, Tramel Terry, who played a lot of positions. He was a receiver. He was primarily a running back for Goose Creek High School. In recruiting that guy, he's a guy that we talked about lining him up in the backfield and getting him the ball that way. So he's another guy that could play that position, yes."
- Bobo said quarterback Brice Ramsey, who officially committed last July, has been committed to Bobo and Richt for longer than that.
"He's a guy who's 17 years old, who I think has an extremely high ceiling, who is very raw at the quarterback position in terms of what he's done," Bobo said. "But I like the progress he's made each year in playing high school football. He's only started two years. I like what he's done so far being on campus. ... He's got a bright future."
- Finally, Bobo said Michael Bennett is progressing well in his return from an ACL injury.
"I saw him running the track stand steps the other morning," Bobo said. "I kind of joked with him: You gonna be ready the first day of spring? And he said: 'I'm gonna be there, ready to go.' He's not gonna practice the first day of spring, but in his mindset that's how he's going about training. ... He's very eager, working extremely hard, and we've got a great training staff that does a great job, and Michael is dedicated in his rehab and I expect him to be back 100 percent."