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Georgia DC Todd Grantham lied to Georgia recruits. Is lying fair game?
One day after signing day - ONE DAY - Georgia DC Todd Grantham went back on his word to Georgia's defensive recruits. All along he has led the recruits on, telling them he was remaining at Georgia and not to worry. He flat out lied to them.
Davin Bellamy, a 4-star linebacker the Bulldogs were battling Tennessee and Oregon for, ultimately chose Georgia because Grantham told Bellamy he was staying at Georgia. But Bellamy was still suspicious:
“The thing is right now [is] I don’t want to sign somewhere and then have the coach bounce after signing day,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy spoke to Grantham on Sunday night.
“I asked him if I was to sign to go to Georgia, after signing day what would happen?” Bellamy said. “He said he’ll be sending me some film to watch to get ready for camp. He was telling me he’ll still be there, but they’ll tell you anything, man. I’m just going to have to trust him.”
Bellamy said he made a pact with Grantham on his official visit he termed “17 longevity.”
“It means if I come here I can keep my number, 17, and he promised he’ll be here next year,” Bellamy said. “Seventeen longevity is what he always says every time I ask that question. If he sticks by the pact, that would be neat.”
Wow. One has to wonder what Bellamy is thinking right now. Of course, Grantham doesn't have a job in the NFL yet. But even if he doesn't secure an NFL position this year, you can bet he will soon enough.
Is it sleazy for Grantham to bold-face lie to a recruit and his family? Or is this just part of the game of recruiting, just like Bellamy suspected?
That’s the facts as they are.It's a major stretch to say that Grantham had no clue of interest from the NFL prior to Thursday, especially since he was linked to the Philadelphia Eagles over the last few weeks. National signing day is the last day football players have the upper hand in the game of football until they play in the NFL.They put their trust in the coaching staffs of the schools where they sign, and buy in to whatever the coaches are selling.If Grantham, or any member of the Georgia staff—head coach Mark Richt included—knowingly misled prospects regarding Grantham's intentions in order to keep them committed or convince them to sign with the Bulldogs, that's about as low and underhanded as it gets. Follow @BarrettSallee Read full article (Bleacher Report)