Friday, May 18, 2012

Woodrow Clemons, with hindsight

This piece by Dean Legge looks back at the signing day drama surrounding Josh Harvey-Clemons' unsigned national letter of intent. JHC's grandfather and guardian says it was much ado about nothing.
Clemons said he does have misgivings about not talking that day with Georgia’s coaches about Josh playing for the Bulldogs.
“That’s the only thing I regret not doing was calling Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Mark) Richt and letting them know (it wasn’t signed at the time),” he said. “I just didn’t want to sign it right then. It wasn’t anything against Georgia or for anyone else.”
Clemons, who works multiple jobs to support his family, arrived at the UGA Day in Valdosta with his grandson wearing a Georgia shirt, Georgia belt and snakeskin boots. He and his grandson spent about ten minutes before the event talking withMark Richt about the future. Richt could hardly stop smiling during the conversation. ranked Harvey-Clemons a five-star linebacker prospect. He was one of two players with that distinction the Bulldogs signed on Signing Day in February.
Clemons is well known in the Valdosta community as many in the partisan Georgia crowd knew him long before his grandson was a recruit who signed with the Bulldogs. He greeted scores of people at the event – most people recognized him before they recognized his grandson.
Fiercely protective of family, Clemons said he’s learned his lesson with the media.
“I am the parent,” Clemons said. “Have you ever questioned your parents as to why they do something? But they are the parent. Still, the media didn’t want to let my family handle it… they wanted to blow it out. The media isn’t going to be taking him back and forth to Georgia. They aren’t going to be with him the rest of his life.”
Hope Mr. Clemons doesn't read message boreds.

via Dean Legge

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