ATLANTA– Talk of Penn State trickled into UGA Coach Mark Richt’s talk to the crowd at the `UGA Day’ event Monday night at the Cobb Galleria Centre where host Chuck Dowdle brought up the subject early.
“A lot of colleges around the country certainly will be interested in some of those players,” Richt said, “and we’re one of those teams. It’s pretty well-documented that we’re under our 85 number right now. We’ll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see what their interest is.”
Two current Penn State players, defensive end Deion Barnes from Philadelphia and linebacker Khairi Fortt from Stamford, Conn, considered Georgia out of high school. Both took official visits to Athens, according to Rivals.com.
Two Penn State commitments—defensive end Garrett Sickels from Red Bank (N.J.) Regional and tight end Adam Breneman from Cedar Cliff (Pa.)—were offered scholarships by Georgia.
After the event, Richt admitted Georgia coaches had already looked at Penn State’s two-deep roster during their annual “hideaway meeting,” Monday.
“We took a little bit of time out of what we were going to do to talk about that a little bit and decide what we might want to do,” he said. “It may not be anybody. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re at least going to explore.”
Richt again cautioned that Georgia may not land any of the Nittany Lion players.
“I don’t want everybody to sit there and think we’re trying to load up a bunch of them,” Richt said. “It could be zero. It could be one or two. I don’t know what it could be. We’ll just see if it’s a fit, see if anybody’s interested and go from there.”