Update: April 2, 2014. 11:56 a.m. ET
Michael Carvell of AJC.com reports that more recruits are posting hand-drawn portraits from Richt to social media.
Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside-Evans High School tweeted an image of his portrait.
Roquan Smith of Macon County High and Chuma Edoga from McEachern High also received the hand-drawn treatment.
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In any other context, this could be unsettling.
In the landscape of college football, however, Mark Richt might have just broken the mold on creative recruitment.
Judging by a recent tweet from one of his recruiting targets, the University of Georgia coach is sending out hand-drawn portraits to the players he’s hoping will join his team in 2015.
D’Andre Walker, a 4-star recruit out of Fairburn, Georgia, tweeted out a picture of the freehand masterpiece Richt sent him in the mail. Mike Foss of For The Win spotted the tweet, which shows Walker wearing half a Georgia jersey.
The portrait is signed by Richt and reads “D’Andre, Red & Black looks good on you!”
This begs the question: Is Richt an artist? Has he been holding back on us all these years, drawing happy little bushes and working tirelessly under the televised tutelage of Bob Ross?
Odds are an art student or UGA staff member handled the job of drawing this detailed piece of work. Regardless, this is an outstanding effort by Georgia to keep within the rules and make an impact on a player.
It doesn’t get much more customized or personal than a hand-drawn portrait of your future with a program.
Bravo, Mark Richt. The only problem now is everyone you know will be asking you to draw them like one of your high school recruits/French girls.
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