Did poor portrait turn highly touted recruit to OSU?
College football recruiting battles can turn on one phone call, one conversation, one factor that no coach saw coming.
But on a portrait?
Georgia has been known to have portraits drawn of visiting prospects, and in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2014 defensive end prospect Lorenzo Carter said his drawing "was pretty cool. I liked that a lot."
Also visiting the same weekend was linebacker Raekwon McMillan — like Carter, a Georgia native — and Carter hinted in the interview that McMillan didn’t like his portrait.
"I looked good in (the portrait), compared to how I look in real life," Carter said. "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."
If it sounds strange, well, it’s a strange business. Carter did pick Georgia, and McMillan is one of the headliners in Urban Meyer’s latest star-studded class at Ohio State.
McMillan seemed to favor Ohio State throughout the process. He enrolled in January and had a solid spring practice showing. In the case of Carter, it probably took more than the portrait, too. The AJC article said he picked Georgia "after a last-minute pep talk from family members."
Meyer often recruited against Georgia when he was at Florida. In one of the funnier recruiting stories that’s made its way through various circles, current Cincinnati Bengals tight end Orson Charles knocked Florida’s glass national championship trophy to the ground during a football camp tour of Meyer’s office, shattering it.
Meyer kept recruiting him though, and when Charles eventually picked Georgia he said Meyer told him, "I wish you the best but you are going to get beat by us every time we play y’all."