For most Student-athletes getting their first scholarship offer is often the hardest. Usually, after one school is willing to offer an athlete several other schools are willing to follow suit.But what happens when your number one choice is the first school to offer you? Should you end the recruiting process and count the days until signing day?
The recent story of former Georgia recruit Devin Burns shows why recruits can never afford to be complecent.
Burns, accompanied by his family, had traveled to Athens last weekend with the intention of formally committing to the Bulldogs after receiving a scholarship offer from coach Mark Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo this spring.
But while he was on the trip, the Bulldogs — who apparently knew of Burns’ travel plans — had decided to withdraw the offer.
Carver coach Dell McGee, upset with the timing, has since informed the Georgia coaching staff that for now, it was not welcome to visit the school, located by the Alabama border.
“I say that to show them that the incident that occurred wasn’t appreciated,” McGee said, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “The biggest thing is, the University of Georgia knew, they had knowledge of Devin and his parents coming there for the weekend. For them not to communicate that they had rescinded that offer before that was not very professional.”
The story was first reported by Georgia High School Football Daily, an e-mail newsletter.
A Georgia assistant coach was the one who ended up breaking the news to Burns, a 6-2, 180-pound senior.
“I talked to my parents and my coaches about it, and I just got over it,” Burns said told the Ledger-Enquirer. “My parents raised me to be able to deal with things like this.”
McGee acknowledged that the ban does not mean there will be no communication between the schools. The coach said he would not prevent his players from visiting or talking with Georgia.
“Rescinding a scholarship is not uncommon; that’s not my problem,” McGee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s really about how the situation was handled. It’s the manner in which it was done.”