Anything for an edge.
Last year, Georgia’s Mark Richt called 4-star safety prospect Tray Matthews on his birthday and sang “Happy Birthday” to him. (Hopefully not in a faux-Marylin Monroe voice.) According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Richt did the same thing this week when Matthews’ birthday rolled back around:
“My coach called me from lunch and said, ‘Hey, Mark Richt and them want to holler at you…
Coach Richt said hello and started singing again. He tried to hit a real high note this time. It was so funny. I mean, he tried real hard to get that high note. And I will give him the benefit of a doubt… He did all right signing…
It means a lot for Coach Richt to do that. They don’t do it for every recruit. It shows me how much they want me. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to have good coaches around me, and to be committed to the University of Georgia.”
How many SEC coaches will start singing “Happy Birthday” to their top recruits? Half of them? All of them?
If it works, it works.