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Georgia scores on first three first-half possessions to take 21-6 lead at Vandy

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You can’t get much more efficient with the ball than Georgia has been in their season opener at Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on all three of their first-half possessions. Georgia leads Vanderbilt 21-6 at halftime in an SEC opener in Nashville.

Georgia marched down the field on the game’s opening possession to get the ball rolling. Jake Fromm ended the 8-play, 75-yard drive with a short touchdown pass to Demetris Robertson. James Cook ran 18 yards for a score on Georgia’s next drive, a 10-play series spanning 89 yards. Brian Herrien was responsible for the third Georgia touchdown, a one-yard run on second down to cap a 7-play, 80-yard drive for the 21-0 lead.

Although he has not scored, star running back D’Andre Swift has had his own impact on the game with 74 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts. Fromm has been efficient with 7-of-12 passing for 103 yards. The numbers won’t “wow” anyone at first glance, but it’s been reliable and perfectly fine for Kirby Smart and his program in a conference game.

Derek Mason hasn’t been afraid to try anything and everything so far. It just hasn’t resulted in any dent son the scoreboard just yet other than a field goal late in the first half. Riley Neal‘s passing has been accurate but the Vandy offense hasn’t been able to get much room to work. That likely won’t be changing after halftime.

Crazy things can always happen, but Georgia looks to be on its way to a 1-0 start to the year after one half of play.

Former top WR recruit Demetris Robertson announces transfer to Georgia

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Years after losing out on a recruiting battle to Cal, Georgia is finally bringing Demetris Robertson to Athens. The former top-receiver recruit announced he will transfer to Georgia to continue his college football career. The announcement came in the form of a video posted on YouTube.

Robertson announced his intent to transfer from Cal last month. It was immediately believed Georgia could be a favorite to land the transfer wide receiver, with Robertson being a native of Georgia and the rise of the Bulldogs the last couple of seasons. When Robertson was initially being recruited out of high school, Georgia lost out to Cal in a recruiting battle that also included Notre Dame.

This time around, Robertson still had plenty of options to consider for his next stop in college football. With as much talent and potential as Robertson has to offer, that was to be expected. In the end, Robertson has decided to stay home and play for a program that appears to be ready to compete for SEC and national titles for the remainder of his collegiate career.

Robertson will have to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will return in 2019 with two years of eligibility to use.

Class of 2016 Demetris Robertson signs financial aid agreement with Georgia

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The biggest name still left in the open from the Class of 2016, wide receiver Demetris Robertson, has reportedly signed an financial aid agreement with one more school this weekend. In addition to previous agreements signed with Cal and Georgia Tech, Robertson has now added Georgia to the mix.

Unlike signing a National Letter of Intent, signing a financial aid agreement does not lock a player in to attending that school, but does provide him the security knowing the school will keep a spot open for him and fulfill their obligations to provide financial support should he end up enrolling at that campus. With Robertson having financial aid agreement sin place at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Cal, he has three schools guaranteed to take care of him, but this does not mean he has to choose any of the three in the end when it comes time to finally make a decision and bring his recruitment to a close. Signing a letter of intent locks a player to that specific school.

Robertson is the nation’s eighth-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals, and the top wide receiver in the country in the same recruiting class. The Savannah, Georgia native planned to announce his college decision after National Signing Day and continues to weigh his options. Previous reports have indicated he was hoping to eventually meet the academic requirements to receive an offer from Stanford, which may be the reason for the delayed recruiting process. Notre Dame may also still be interested after driving an equipment truck to his home earlier this year.

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Was Notre Dame’s big rig recruiting visit an NCAA violation. Maybe. So what?

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On Thursday morning Notre Dame parked its 18-wheel equipment truck out front of the home of five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson. The photo of the truck at Robertson’s home did not take long to go viral among the college football world, but this is hardly a new stunt on the recruiting trail, nor will it be the last time a program does it. Heck, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi sent Pitt’s equipment truck on the road for a recruiting visit Friday morning as well. Of course, this recruiting strategy may have ruffled some feathers from rival programs who were quick to make note this may actually be a violation of NCAA rules.

The violation, a minor one at the most, would be from the act of promoting the visit by sharing an image of the truck on Twitter (NCAA bylaw 13.4.3.5) This would be deemed by some to be promoting the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete. It was another tweet that caught my eye, however.

Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford shared an image of the truck, which appeared to be parked in the same spot as Robertson’s own footage of the truck, suggesting the Irish were, technically, promoting the truck’s presence on a recruiting visit.Sanford later posted another image of the truck while it was in Georgia.

According to a report from Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, a Notre Dame spokesperson stated it was believed to be permissible to use the equipment truck as a mode of transportation. Of course, that would mean Sanford spent 908 miles in the truck from South Bend, Indiana to Savannah, Georgia.

The wording of the NCAA bylaw is open for some interpretation, as most seem to be.

NCAA bylaw 13.4.3.5: “Member institutions and their representatives of athletics interests are prohibited from financing, arranging or using recruiting aids (e.g., newspaper advertisements, bumper stickers, message buttons) designed to publicize the institution’s interest in a particular prospective student-athlete.”

If Notre Dame committed a recruiting violation, OK. the punishment for that violation would amount to little more than a mild slap on the wrist, probably. If that’s what it takes to win the commitment of a five-star wide receiver, I’m guessing newly extended Brian Kelly would be fine with it. The point of recruiting is to make the biggest impression when on the road, and bringing a massive equipment truck with you is just one way to leave a lasting impression that will be the talk of not just the recruit, but the town (and perhaps other future prospects at that school and nearby schools). Don’t think Notre Dame sent their equipment truck without a larger vision beyond just the recruitment of this one, talented recruit. Unless the NCAA sends out a memo saying no equipment trucks may travel certain distances are travel across state lines, we should be seeing more equipment trucks on the road in the recruiting season. If you’re not bringing it with you, you are not trying hard enough.

So don’t blame Notre Dame for sending its equipment truck to Georgia. Don’t blame Jim Harbaugh for sleeping over at the homes of recruits. Don’t blame any coach for thinking outside the box, because really all you are doing is admitting your coach didn’t think of it first and that upsets you on some level.

Notre Dame drives big rig to five-star recruit’s home and high school

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National Signing Day is coming up in just under a week, so it is crunch time on the recruiting trail to make the lasting impressions needed to sign the remaining top recruits in the high school football world. On Thursday morning, Notre Dame pulled its equipment truck into Savannah, Georgia to surprise five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson on his way to school.

The equipment truck, or at least the Irish coaches making the trip, also apparently made a stop at Waffle House, because that’s juts what you do down south.

Robertson is the top-ranked athlete in the nation according to Rivals, and the top-ranked recruit in the state of Georgia. Notre Dame is believed to be in the running for the Savannah Christian School product, although other contenders are believed to be California and Georgia Tech (he is scheduled to visit Georgia Tech on Friday and has already visited Cal and Notre Dame). Of course, you should never be surprised with Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State also always on the table as well.

Notre Dame’s recruiting class for 2016 is already receiving some high praise. The Irish have the nation’s No. 5 class as of now, according to Rivals.