MACON — The Peach State Pigskin Preview, the annual gathering of state football coaches (along with some players), was held Tuesday morning at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Here are some newsy nuggets to pass along:
— One of Georgia’s signees isn’t going to join the program this summer or fall. Wide receiver Gilbert Johnson from Homestead, Fla., is expected to be an academic casualty.
Most of Georgia’s freshmen are now on campus and getting ready for summer school.
Defensive back Shattle Fenteng from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College has an English composition class to complete but expects to be at UGA before the end of June in time for the second summer session.
— Georgia coach Mark Richt addressed last week’s departure of on-campus recruiting director Daryl Jones.
His replacement may not have the same duties as Jones.
“Not 100 percent sure on that,” Richt said. “We’re going to look at our recruiting system and just try to do what’s best.
There could be a change in how we structure things, possibly. We’re going to be discussing that actually this afternoon.”
Jones resigned to pursue other opportunities after two years with the program.
“I’m really excited for his future and wish him well,” Richt said. “We’ll find somebody who will do a great job for us.
Richt expects to make a hire by the time summer camps end at Georgia.
— Georgia State coach Trent Miles was a popular interview subject.
Richt spent some time talking with Miles before making the rounds.
They discussed the satellite camp issue that was a hot topic in the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., last week.
Penn State coach James Franklin will work Miles’ camp at Georgia State next week and Notre Dame is slated to do the same next year.
“We talked,” Richt said. “You know what? They’re doing what’s in the best interest of their program. Everything’s on the up and up, everything’s within the rules. Obviously it’s good for Georgia State in his mind so I’m happy for him.”
The SEC has a rule prohibiting its coaches from working camps at other schools like Franklin is doing.
“We do want some type of sanity for our assistant coaches,” Richt said. “It’s busy enough as it is.”
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said what Georgia State is doing is “fair game” but doesn’t really think it helps the Sun Belt Conference team but does help a school like Penn State.
Johnson said ACC rules also don’t allow him to work other camps.
“And nobody probably will be by next year,” Johnson said. “They’ll change the rule. It’s skirting the intent of the rule. That’s not what the rule was for. They know that.”
— Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley won’t be ready as fast this summer as some of his teammates returning from torn ACLs.
“I don’t know if he’s quite as far along as some of the other guys,” Richt said.
Still, Scott-Wesley is expected to be back in time for the season opener.
“I think he’ll be ready game one,” Richt said. “I do. I didn’t really want to start anything other than he’s still got a ways to go but there’s a lot of time. I don’t even know if there are any restrictions on him in the summer. I think it’s just a matter of him getting more comfortable as he goes. We do expect him to be able to play game one.”
Richt emphasized the word able because Scott-Wesley is in line for a one-game suspension after his marijuana arrest last fall.
Quarterback Hutson Mason and linebacker Amarlo Herrera accompanied Richt to Macon and updated Richt on tailback Keith Marshall and receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who also had torn ACLs last season.
“They say those guys look great,” Richt said. “They say Justin’s moving along pretty good, too, but I think he needs to get a little bit more confidence in it.”