Georgia football personalizes recruiting with hand-drawn portraits

The Georgia football team doesn't leave any stone unturned: Their latest innovation with recruits involves hand-drawn portraits, bearing Mark Richt's signature.

Citing this hand-drawn portrait, the University of Georgia has already prioritized the recruitment of Chuma Edoga, a highly touted offensive lineman from McEachern (Ga.) High School.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There are two ways to view the latest innovation involving the Georgia football team, with the program reportedly sending hand-drawn (and signed) portraits to prospective recruits:

Either the recruits really appreciate the Bulldogs' personal touch with the renderings, which included apparent hand-written sign-offs from head coach Mark Richt ... or they're a little perplexed about an archaic form of expression/communication that doesn't necessarily wash with today's technologically inclined youths.

Lucky for sites like or the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (which first reported the story), the opinions will likely be balanced on both sides.

In the AJC's blog entry from Wednesday, four touted recruits revealed their personalized portraits from Georgia -- Chuma Edoga of McEachern (Ga.) High School, Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside-Evans (Ga.) High School, D'Andre Walker of Langston Hughes (Ga.) High School and Roquan Smith, a four-star linebacker from Macon County (Ga.) High School.

To their credit, the athletes have expressed their appreciation for Georgia's "creative" approach to recruiting.

Each portrait bears a likeness of that recruit -- with a split-shot of their high school uniforms and the familiar Bulldogs red.

The timing of the AJC's piece embodies the 24/7 aspect of modern-day college recruiting, especially with super-sized conferences like the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12.

After all, National Signing Day is a mere 10 months and 3 days away.

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