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10:01 AM ET 06.11 | Ricky Parks, who is ranked among the nation's top college football prospects at tight end, committed to Auburn over UGA and Alabama. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will be the second player from Georgia's Callaway High School in two years headed to Auburn

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Gene Chizik, Icon SMI Gene Chizik, Icon SMI
June 11, 2011  10:08 AM ET

Chizik has $$$ now.

June 11, 2011  10:49 AM ET

Money train stopping at Auburn....the tracks too TOSU have been derailed for now.

June 11, 2011  11:24 AM ET

Now, now. It's just that Trooper Taylor is an extremely effective recruiter. Nothing to see here...

June 11, 2011  11:26 AM ET

By the way, why does the headline say "commits to Auburn over Georgia" instead of "commits to Auburn over Alabama"?

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June 11, 2011  01:34 PM ET
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By the way, why does the headline say "commits to Auburn over Georgia" instead of "commits to Auburn over Alabama"?

My guess is because he attends High School in Georgia and UGA needs to protect home field...and they did not.

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June 11, 2011  02:45 PM ET

Pic caption:


Tell me, son -- which hand has the 5 hundred-dollar bills, and which one has 6?

June 11, 2011  03:06 PM ET
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Pic caption:Tell me, son -- which hand has the 5 hundred-dollar bills, and which one has 6?

Been busy GR. Haven't seen you on in a few days.

June 11, 2011  03:07 PM ET

Auburn must have gave him a better compensation package.

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June 11, 2011  08:49 PM ET

What this article does not mention is that Callaway is 30 minutes at the most from Auburn, while being nearly two and a half from UGA (if not caught in Atlanta traffic). It's right on the Alabama line, while Athens is closer to South Carolina. There are quite a few AU fans in that area and they have done well in recruiting the border cities for years and years. What it also doesn't mention is a kid named Jay Rome, who a lot of people thought was the best tight end in the country last year, who just arrived on campus for his true freshman year. Parks was scared of the competition.

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June 11, 2011  09:59 PM ET
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If this Ricky Parks is indeed a blue-chipper, then his matriculating to Auburn rather than his home state/school of UGA certainly shows a glaring weakness in Coach Richt's recruiting skills, geography/proximity notwithstanding.

Being from New Mexico, you might not understand the numbers of recruits coming out of the state of Georgia. The undisputed top 3 recruiting states: Florida, Texas, California. You pick the order. However, after those three, Georgia is the next biggest producer of D1 talent by volume. As of this year's new SEC recruiting rules, we're limited to signing 25 guys total. That means there are HUNDREDS of other guys available to sign, which the rest of the southeast and many places around the country do exactly that. One guy out of hundreds, even a bunch of guys out of hundreds, is hardly a glaring weakness. Richt has been known for years at both FSU and UGA as one of the best recruiters in the business. He has pulled in top 10 after top 10 recruiting classes for years. Again, that's hardly a weakness. If you're talking about a weakness in coaching or intensity, you may have some fair criticism, but not in recruiting. Additionally, you're also forgetting that we just signed a better tight end last year, and have already got another commitment from a tight end (Ty Smith) in this class that is arguably as good (considering Ricky Parks has never even played the position - currently plays QB).

June 11, 2011  11:41 PM ET
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Being from New Mexico, you might not understand the numbers of recruits coming out of the state of Georgia. The undisputed top 3 recruiting states: Florida, Texas, California. You pick the order. However, after those three, Georgia is the next biggest producer of D1 talent by volume. As of this year's new SEC recruiting rules, we're limited to signing 25 guys total. That means there are HUNDREDS of other guys available to sign, which the rest of the southeast and many places around the country do exactly that. One guy out of hundreds, even a bunch of guys out of hundreds, is hardly a glaring weakness. Richt has been known for years at both FSU and UGA as one of the best recruiters in the business. He has pulled in top 10 after top 10 recruiting classes for years. Again, that's hardly a weakness. If you're talking about a weakness in coaching or intensity, you may have some fair criticism, but not in recruiting. Additionally, you're also forgetting that we just signed a better tight end last year, and have already got another commitment from a tight end (Ty Smith) in this class that is arguably as good (considering Ricky Parks has never even played the position - currently plays QB).

Well, I hope coach Dooley can continue to get good recruits from the Peach State. The Vols' success depends on it.

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June 14, 2011  10:58 PM ET

Exactly Auburn has alway recruited the Columbus area really well because its about farting distance away.

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