Here’s our latest on today's big news: Three Columbus Carver High School football players, including highly-rated recruit Deion Bonner, being charged with theft from current Georgia players. Thanks to Chris White of the Ledger-Enquirer for his hustle in Columbus, where this is obviously big news.
Carver head coach Dell McGee said the three players would be suspended for the first five games of next season. As for whether Georgia’s offer still stands, McGee told White that he didn’t know what would happen. From the above-linked story:
McGee said he spoke with Georgia coach Mark Richt and said the Bulldogs coach viewed the alleged thefts as an isolated incident.
“(Richt) said these were just 16-, 17-year-old kids, that kids do different things, and it’s part of growing up,” McGee said. “It’s just an isolated incident that occurred. I know our program doesn’t stand for those types of things, and I don’t want to be represented by that.”
As for Georgia and head coach Mark Richt, they continue to decline comment on the matter.
Richt is kind of in a sticky position. According to NCAA rules, the program can at least confirm whether or not it is still recruiting a player.
But given the past tension between Georgia and Carver – which has only recently been smoothed over – it’s easy to see where Richt would want to let McGee and Bonner do the public speaking.
Still, I think it’s fair to say it would be a surprise to see Deion Bonner in a Bulldog uniform next year.