Georgia Football Recruiting: Mark Richt Needs to Learn How to Close Classes

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IFebruary 6, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs points during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Since taking over as the University of Georgia head coach in 2001, Mark Richt has done a great job bringing in some of the top recruits from the state as well as the entire country.

However, many could argue that Richt’s classes would be better if he was able to learn how to close his classes out.

What that means is if Richt was able to land some top-notch recruits that not only the Bulldogs wanted, but needed in terms of depth, than his classes would be much stronger.

This year is a prime example of how Richt is not able to close out classes. He will end up with close to 35 signees, but there were a few prospects that slipped away from Richt.

The first has to be Montravius Adams who is a defensive tackle from Dooly County, Ga.

Adams had the Bulldogs as one of his finalists, but he decided to go to Auburn. One of the reasons could be that former Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner is now at Auburn and has built a relationship with Adams.

That was a tough loss for the Bulldogs because he would have provided much needed depth on the defensive line.

The Bulldogs also struck out on George Adeosun who is an offensive lineman from Alpharetta, Ga.

Georgia offered Adeosun late in the recruiting season because there was little film on him. As soon as the Bulldogs got a chance to see what Adeosun can do on the football field, they gave him an offer as soon as they could.

Grabbing Adeosun would have helped the Bulldogs on the offensive line in a huge way. But at the same time, it’s not a surprise he did not sign with Georgia because of the timing of the offer.

But the one signee that shocked everyone was when Laremy Tunsil decided to not sign with the Bulldogs and be an Ole Miss Rebel.

This was a shocker because Tunsil and Georgia have built a relationship the last two years. But because of the class that Hugh Freeze has put together at Ole Miss including signing No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche, Tunsil saw something in that program and he wanted to be a part of it.

As bad as losing those three prospects is, it’s nothing new to the Bulldogs because the same thing happened last year.

Richt was able to get five-star prospect Josh Harvey Clemons on signing day, but could not sign five-star offensive tackle Avery Young who ended up signing with Auburn.

The Bulldogs also tried to lure away WR JaQuay Williams from Auburn and OL Will Adams from Georgia Tech, but failed with both parties as both Williams and Adams stayed at their respective schools.

This is not to say that Richt is not a great recruiter because that is far from the truth. But if he wants his team to take that next step, it starts with recruiting.

Richt has to learn when a recruit has Georgia as one of his finals schools, he has to do whatever it takes to have the Bulldogs  No. 1 on that recruit's list from that point until he signs his letter of intent on signing day.