Georgia didn’t land the top player in its state in 2014’s recruiting cycle, and according to another top recruit it might’ve been because of a bad portrait.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Q&A with Lorenzo Carter, a four-star defensive end who signed with Georgia in February:
What is the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “I would have to say when UGA drew a picture of me. That was pretty cool. I liked that a lot. They did (the portraits) for me and Raekwon McMillan. We didn’t get Raekwon but still it was good.”
How would you rate the quality and accuracy of your UGA portrait? “I looked good in (the portrait), compared to how I look in real life. Raekwon’s picture didn’t look good. It was ugly. He didn’t like it. That’s probably why he didn’t come to UGA (and signed with Ohio State).”
A couple of 2015 recruits received sketches of themselves from Georgia, too. It’s unlikely McMillan actually went to Ohio State over Georgia because of a bad portrait, but if Carter’s being serious here maybe helped solidify that he wasn’t going to play his college ball in Athens.
Check out the full Q&A with Carter, especially for the phrase “Girl talk with Les Miles was kind of awkward.”