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Recruiting trail leads Mark Richt to jail

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Ah, the lengths coaches will go to in their efforts to land a top recruit.

Josh Harvey-Clemons is a five-star player in the Class of 2012, rated as the No. 2 “athlete” in the country and the top player in the state of Georgia.  Along with Florida, late-surging Florida State and Miami — he’s taking a visit there this Saturday, the final weekend before signing day — Georgia is considered one of the front-runners and would, obviously, love to keep the top-rated player in the state home.

As part of that effort, head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo paid a visit to Harvey-Clemons Wednesday night, taking in a Baptist church service with the linebacker/wide receiver’s family.  During the course of that service, Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather and legal guardian Woodrow Clemons, owner of a bail bondsman’s company, received a call that three individuals needed his services in order to get out of jail post-haste.

Harvey-Clemons and Clemons’ daughter, the player’s aunt, are also bail bondsmen and left church to go spring the individuals.  Richt initially decided to stay but, after Harvey-Clemons’ aunt forgot her ID in a vehicle at the church, Harvey-Clemons’ uncle Roy Hart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Coach Richt and Coach Bobo went to jail with my wife to take the ID to them. Coach Richt wanted one more time to talk with Josh before they hit the road. They talked at jail for about 20 or 30 minutes I guess.”

Ever the recruiter, Richt returned to the church following his trip to jail and, as he was saying the obligatory goodbyes, attempted to gauge where his program stood in its pursuit of Harvey-Clemons.

“Coach Richt said ‘Tell me Roy, how do we look with Josh?’” Hart said. “I said ‘Coach, you’re in the running. Nobody really knows except for Josh. He’s not saying much. He hasn’t made up his mind so nobody knows except for him.’ Then Coach Richt asked if Georgia was still looking good and if they still had an opportunity to get him. I assured him that they did.”

While Harvey-Clemons is taking his final official visit to the Hurricanes this weekend, it’s believed his top two choices are the Bulldogs and Gators.  Based on the latter’s legal history over the past few years, having a recruit who also doubles as a bail bondsman could come in very, very handy for the Gainesville school.

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14 Responses to “Recruiting trail leads Mark Richt to jail”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    Wow, that last line about it being very handy for the Gainsville is certainly a little different than the comments on the original article posted on the AJC. I am pretty sure the kid knows where he is going to school already and the Miami trip is just a nice way to spend the weekend.
    I think he will pick UGA if he wants to stay instate, and Florida if he wants to stay closer to home. He is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame so to speak, just like most of these kids from High School do, when they are highly sought after.
    Guess everybody will know come Feb. 1st. I don’t think he is being counted on at either school, to be an instant starter so he will have time to adjust to life in college, before the pressure mounts on him to be a super star on the field.

  2. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 26, 2012 10:18 AM

    I have no Dawg in this fight (or Gator, for that matter), but based on past (and recent) history, the kid of a bailbondsman is probably a bad fit in Gainesville. He’d be too law-abiding.

  3. woebegong says: Jan 26, 2012 10:24 AM

    I am a UGA fan here, so any thing I said to that end would be met with more vitriol than the AJC paper out of Atlanta allows. I will just say I agree with you, LOL. Stand by for the Fulmer Cup crap that will be forth coming now.

  4. dexterismyhero says: Jan 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    I was thinking he went to the jail to talk to the kid….Oops!

  5. overratedgators says: Jan 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    “I was thinking he went to the jail to talk to the kid….Oops!”


    Please. This is Richt, not Muschamp.

  6. thraiderskin says: Jan 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Good story…

  7. theshopblog says: Jan 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Reblogged this on The Shop Blog and commented:
    College recruiters will do anything for a player that can help them win.

  8. mericagodgunstitties says: Jan 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    “I was thinking he went to the jail to talk to the kid….Oops!”


    In due time dexterismyhero, in due time.

  9. woebegong says: Jan 26, 2012 1:49 PM

    You can’t blame the coach for coming to the aid of the sister and bringing he ID card and at the same time spending his time with the kid. Understand, Athens is at the opposite end of the state from where he was, and it was also, under NCAA rules the last in home Richt could do with this kid. I don’t think it was part of the agenda for the in hone visit.

  10. says: Jan 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    From the other stuff I’ve read/seen about Coach Richt this doesn’t suprise me.

  11. mrslay1 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    Coach Richt is a class man, quaility man which is more than can be said about the writer of this artical. The sarcasm and plain classless remarks show clearly what this so called reporter is. It’s a shame he has not the ablity to show the quaility of Mark Richt and how he operates as opposed to the pitiful way he has tried to spin it.

  12. noaxetogrind says: Jan 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    JT, as one poster so eloquently already posted, have no Dawg or Gator in this fight but was somewhat surprised to see you throw in with your last line. I am afraid I have to call your bluff on that one. I would urge you to do some research and I think you will find there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the Dawgs & Gators over the last 5 years in the number of arrests. I don’t think either school has set the standard. This is not a shot at either school. I happen to know Richt & know he is a class act. I just think UF has received more vitriol because their ex head coach and recently departed OC are easy to dislike. The other problem is how laws are enforced in different municipalities. In Gainesville for instance, if you are holding an open container of alcohol in public, off to the clink if the officer is so inclined. In Miami, trust me they dont have time to respond to calls about open containers unless there is a body in one.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Jan 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    I laughed.

    noaxetogrind, UF has received more vitriol because Urban Meyer was an enabler when it came to off-field issues.

  14. charger383 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:31 PM

    If I read the report right, Josh Harvey-Clemons is a Bail Bondsman. Like his grandfather and aunt.

    If he can play and handle bonds many schools need him.

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