Thursday, December 15, 2011

NEW FB COMMITMENT: What Does It Mean?

Mark Beard
In case you haven't heard, Georgia got it's 16th commitment in the 2012 class, in the form of 6-5 290 junior college (Kansas) offensive tackle Mark Beard. Although he does have a great last name and it's always great to get commitments (and O-Line depth), Beard was not exactly a highly coveted recruit. Here is what concerns me:
  • Why are we settling for JUCO players when we only had 15 commitments prior to this one?
  • Is it a good thing that we want to sign six o-linemen in 2012, and Beard -- a JUCO player -- is only our 4th?
  • The only other major schools to give him scholarship offers were Arkansas and Mississippi State.
  • It's not a great sign when he only has ONE highlight video, and even it is from high school
Okay, those are somewhat pessimistic remarks, but you get my point. Hopefully we found a diamond in the rough.

The connection to Beard is from current UGA O-Line coach, Will Friend. Friend recruited Beard out of high school when he was an assistant at UAB, and undoubtedly kept up with Beard during his time playing JUCO ball. As for what impact Beard will have next season? He is an early enrollee and Richt has said in the past (particularly when he recruited John Jenkins) that he typically only recruits JUCO players that can play immediately. Beard will have three years of eligibility left so we may get to see a lot of him before his time is up. Remember, our only real problem area for next season will be offensive line (and possibly running back)...I hope he's a good one.

***UPDATE 12:50 PM***

A very awesome H2H reader has found and emailed us some JUCO video of Beard in action: MARK BEARD JUCO HIGHLIGHTS

18 comments:

  1. Tesla,

    I find it funny that we find a way to be pessimistic about recruiting on the o-line, even when we're in dire straights.

    I've heard good things about Beard and he certainly looks the part.

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  2. Yeah, I think I take Mansell's and Newberg's take on this kid a lot more seriously than you. Last I checked Arky was a top 10 team. Settling for a JUCO kid? He's got more seasoning than a high school player and still has 3 years of eligibility and is enrolling in January. You're gonna look like a fool when he's our starting RT next year. We plan to sign 6 and we've already got 4 OLs, that's right on track, is it not? Especially when they think one of our recruits will swtich from DL to OL.

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  3. I'll take a JUCO ready to play any day. I'm tired of seeing these guys getting flip flopped around and never mastering their skills. Friend did a good job with this year's OL and he has a good eye for what he needs on the line. Being an early enrollee he shoudl be ready to go.

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  4. I think that just maybe our coaching staff is a little more qualified than you in determining our needs and who qualifies to fill those needs.

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  5. He'll be an early enrollee, he won't count against this upcoming signing class. Big body with a prior relationship with Will Friend. It's nothing to be concerned about; on the contrary, I think it's a GOOD THING!

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  6. Telsa.... don't put the "poor mouth" on him!

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  7. Guys, the main reason I'm concerned is because numbers-wise, we are behind the following schools in terms of commitments for 2012: Alabama (21), LSU (21), South Carolina (20), Tennessee (21), Arky (19), Miss St. (25), TAMU (23), and Vandy (20, and it is also a very solid class). Even Auburn and Florida have 16, and they had poor seasons and a ton of coaching turnover.

    The bottom line is we need to fill 9 spots before signing day, and we can't "make up" for it next season because of the new recruiting rules. I hope Beard is great, but so far, we only have 1 elite O-Line commit for 2012 (Theus).

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  8. Theus, Marshall, Turene, and now Beard will all count against last years quota. We will be signing somewhere around 27, I believe. Big things are coming in time, just like last year. Just try to be patient.

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  9. I wish you'd get a little more informed than the lay person on the street. UGA's recruiting is coming along just fine. FWIW, Chester Brown should be considered an elite oline recruit as well, although the services aren't giving him much attention. He's pretty similar to Max Jean Gilles.

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  10. No wonder they call our fans "fickle." I think of Alabama juco OT James Carpenter from Hephzibah, Ga. Unheard of until he signed. I guess if Bama does not recruit a kid he ain't worth having. We're sweating bullets over Dillon Lee and I saw Calhoun QB outrun him around the corner twice. That does not mean he can't play and Bama signing him does not mean he can.

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  11. most JUCO players are unheard of unless you live in W. Texas or Kansas

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  12. I echo the comment on Chester Brown. He's going to be our diamond in the rough. That dude is massive!!!

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  13. Kenarious Gates was a last day pick up with no real offers and started as a freshmen. It would be nice to have 6 - 5stars, but not needed. Beard is a great pick up for us. I do not think I will come here anymore!

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  14. Some of you guys are conveniently ignoring the part of this article where I say "Hopefully we found a diamond in the rough" and "I hope he's a good one". It's okay to be skeptical, it doesn't mean the football team will implode.

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  15. O-Line improved this year, with run stats, got worse with sacks, so we need some depth there, but Will Friend did a pretty good job so no worries.

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  16. Mullins offenses at Miss St pound the ball, and they wanted Beard, as did Petrino at Ark for passblocking. Tells me Beard can run & passblock. And OL both Petrino AND Mullins go after, has got to have skills and be balanced.

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  17. I guess we'll just have to trust that Coach Friend knows what he's doing. So far, given the problems with the depth and injuries, I think he's done a good job.

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  18. Tesla, what this tells me is that CWF thinks this kid is pretty damn good. He has been watching the young man since HS and at this point in recruiting we are not desperate...except for players that can step in right away. CWF must feel pretty good about Beard, knowing he is going to HAVE to play him. Keep the faith Sister.

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