Georgia Bulldogs: Milan Richard

Tales From The Road: Georgia 

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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Georgia’s coaches have been and what prospects are standing out.


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JEFFERSON, Ga. -- The Georgia high school track and field championships always draw a good crowd despite the heat and humidity that accompanies the three-day event. Though this year spectators were greeted with cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Several college football prospects competing on Thursday, and thus we learned a few things.


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ATHENS, GA. -- ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist) spent the weekend visiting the University of Georgia with his parents, both of whom attended Georgia and ran track there. He watched part of one practice Friday and the entire Bulldogs scrimmage Saturday.

But this was not a football visit. Rather, this was a fact-finding mission.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia returned from a quiet spring break this week with two spring practices, but the big news around campus was the NFL-bound Bulldogs’ pro day on Thursday.

Jarvis Jones was of course the biggest story at pro day after the two-time All-American skipped the workouts at last month’s NFL combine -- and his day was a bit of a disappointment before a huge crowd of scouts and personnel execs. Nonetheless Jones, ranked fifth on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board, said it was a good day. He also further discussed going through the draft process and teams’ apparent concerns about his health and potential longevity in the pros.

We caught up with several of the 17 Bulldogs who participated in pro day and discussed how their preparations are progressing, including slimmed-down John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, linebacker Alec Ogletree, defensive lineman Abry Jones and receiver Marlon Brown.

As for the current Bulldogs, today is a big day, as they will hold their first spring scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

We updated the progress of rising sophomore outside linebacker James DeLoach earlier this week and also provided some practice updates from coaches and players after practices on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a photo gallery from Tuesday’s practice.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day) had an impressive showing at the Orlando NFTC Saturday, measuring in at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, running a 4.75 40-yard dash, recording a 33-inch vertical jump and making several nice catches throughout the camp. The day before, Richard was checking out a prominent SEC program.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- With signing day in the rear-view mirror and spring practice just a few weeks away, we have decided to bring back our mailbag feature where we can address the topics our readers want addressed. Each week we will take submitted questions from either our premium message board, The Pound, or from Twitter or Facebook.

GAbread: I am curious about your thoughts on Rodney Garner. Quotes coming out lately from recruits have not put him in the best light. Did you hear these rumblings before? Or is this just recent? And how would you summarize his time at Georgia?


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ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day) started out his recruitment being described as “Herschel Walker’s nephew,” but as his highlights circulated and he dominated on the camp circuit, Richard quickly made a name for himself.


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Two on top for WR Demarre Kitt 

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Demarre KittRadi Nabulsi/ESPN.comWide receiver Demarre Kitt, who was committed to Georgia, now has Ohio State and Clemson on top.

Coming off a junior season in which he caught 76 passes for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns, returned a punt for a touchdown, and helped his team to a 15-0 record and AAAA state championship, ESPN Watch List wideout Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has become one of the most sought-after Class of 2014 prospects in the Southeast.

As it stands now, two programs are on top for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior.

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Rising Seniors Day 2 notebook 

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One of the standouts for the Rising Seniors East offense on the first day of practice was tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day). The 6-3, 230-pound junior did not get a lot of passes thrown his way this season, but was still able to catch 22 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and he enjoyed the added repetitions at Grady Stadium on Friday.

“I think I picked up the terminology well, but my route-running needs to sharpen up,” Richard said. “I am able to stretch the field as a big receiver, but I need to do better in a three-point stance because I am used to working out of a spread.”

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com2014 tight end Milan Richard has Clemson and South Carolina on top, but several others, including home state Georgia, in the mix.
The ESPN Watch List selection has double-digit offers, but he said two schools are standing out in his mind.

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Notebook: Rising Seniors registration 

December, 27, 2012
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ATLANTA -- The third annual Rising Seniors program kicked off Thursday with the arrival of 98 of the best players in the state of Georgia in the Class of 2014. The weeklong event is unique among All-Star games because it honors the top juniors, educating the emerging players on the recruiting process and providing a chance to showcase their talent against the best in the Peach State. The All-Star game will be aired live on Monday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN.

One player participating in this year’s Rising Seniors program has been a household name in recruiting for almost two years now.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comUGA 2014 running back commit Stanley Williams committed in 2011, but recent developments have made him question his pledge.
Stanley Williams’ commitment affected by changes at UGA

When running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy) committed to Georgia at Dawg Night in 2011, he was the second sophomore in the country to announce his decision. Since then, Georgia has signed two running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, they have one committed in the 2012 class in A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) and are hot on the trail of another in ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Williams has also seen his recruiter, Rodney Garner, leave Athens recently as well. The recent news has not gone unnoticed by the 5-foot-9, 192-pound junior.

“My commitment is obviously not as strong as it was before when I first committed because of the running backs they have now and Garner leaving,” Williams said. “It definitely had an effect on how I feel now, but we have a while to go so we will just see what happens.”

Williams spoke to Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon a few weeks ago, where McClendon indicated he would likely be recruiting him directly in the future anyway. But the departure of Garner has put another school in the mix as well.

“Coach (Rodney) Garner told me that even though he is at Auburn he does not expect it to affect his recruitment of me,” Williams said. “He wants me to get to know Coach (Gus) Malzahn more and him being at Auburn has them standing out more.”

A couple other programs are standing out as well to Williams.

“I have been talking with Coach (Tony) Eliott at Clemson and they are standing out,” Williams said. “With the production at Alabama, them sending guys to the league and the National Championship, they stand out. Kirby Smart said if they do not get Alvin Kamara, they will likely need another running back in the 2014 class and I could very well be that guy. He said to keep my options open and try to give them a look over the summer.”

Although Georgia or Alabama look to likely add Kamara to the roster next year, Williams says he is not worried about being buried in the depth chart at either program.

“Wherever you go you will have to work to be a starter, so I am not going to worry about who goes where,” Williams said.


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2014 prospects to watch: TEs 

December, 14, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting class, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers have already gone out to some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.

We are going to take a position-by-position look at a number of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages you may want to add to your favorites. Here is a look at the tight ends Georgia has offered or has on its radar.

Needs: 2, Committed: none

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UGA fans stand out to TE Richard 

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On Saturday, Georgia had one of its biggest home games of the year vs. Tennessee, and the coaching staff made sure to have as many top targets in attendance as possible. All ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day) had to do was look to his left or right to know that Georgia was successful in that regard.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com2014 tight end Milan Richard has seven scholarship offers so far.
“My visit to Georgia was a lot of fun,” Richard said. “A lot of my friends were there and I ended up sitting with Rico Johnson (Swainboro, Ga./Swainsboro), Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River), Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County), Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and Cole Garvin (Tyrone, Ga/Sandy Creek).”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior was most impressed not by the game, but by the people he saw while in Athens.

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Inside the DawgHouse: Sept. 28 

September, 28, 2012
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DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

In this week's update:

  • Prospects flock to Athens
  • Spots filling up

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UGA fills 2014 ESPN Watch List 

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Mark Richt is in the midst of his 12th season at the University of Georgia, and the SEC’s longest-tenured head coach has consistently brought in top-ten recruiting classes every year. It helps to be in the backyard of one of the deepest talent pools of any state in the country.

While it might be hard to match this year’s depth of top-tier prospects -– Georgia has 31 prospects in the ESPN 300 for the 2013 class –- there is no shortage of talented in-state juniors either. Twenty-five recruits from Georgia are in the initial ESPN Watch List, including three already committed to the Bulldogs in running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy), wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X).


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En route to a summer prospect camp Tuesday morning at South Carolina, Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day) got word from his coaches to call the University of Georgia.

After impressing at the Mark Richt Camp and Dawg Night, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound tight end was preparing for a similar effort in front of the Gamecocks coaching staff. It seems the Bulldogs coaching staff wanted to start off Richard's day with some good news.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comClass of 2014 prospect Milan Richard said UGA's John Lilly has already helped him with solid coaching.
“I called Coach [Tony] Ball this morning and he said that they were more than happy to extend an offer and that I definitely earned it after camping there three times,” Richard said. “It was a big deal getting the Georgia offer, but we were in South Carolina so once we got off the phone it was time to focus and I knew I had business to take care of in South Carolina."

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