Richt: Georgia no longer pursuing Penn State players

Georgia football coach Mark Richt began the week by telling hundreds of Bulldogs fans at an Atlanta appearance that his staff would “try to get in touch” with some Penn State football players about a possible transfer.

On Friday evening, Georgia issued a statement from Richt that the recruitment of any current Nittany Lions was over.

“Currently, Georgia is not pursuing any of Penn State’s football players,” Richt said. “We wish Coach (Bill) O’Brien and the players the best.”

Penn State players are able to transfer without having to sit out a season after the NCAA hit the school with heavy sanctions following the child sexual abuse scandal.

Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes and linebacker Khairi Fortt considered Georgia out of high school, but by Tuesday a decision had been reached at Georgia not to pursue any defensive players.

Richt told reporters Monday night that coaches had taken a look at Penn State’s two-deep depth chart. That day Georgia notified Penn State it intended to contact 19 players, according to a document obtained Friday by Dawgs247.com.

“A lot of colleges around the country certainly will be interested in some of those players and we’re one of those teams,” Richt said Monday night.

By Friday evening, Georgia tried to put an end to any speculation by putting out the Richt statement that any pursuit of those players had ended.

 

 

 

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