Athens — As Rodney Garner, Georgia’s football recruiting coordinator, visited with a reporter in his office a couple of days ago, an e-mail arrived from the mother of a star high school player. Garner eagerly opened it, finding an attached photo of a cake already baked to celebrate a big day in the kid’s life: National Signing Day.
The cake was shaped and decorated like a bulldog, with the icing forming a red sweater with a black “G”.
“Oh, man, it’s awesome,” Garner said. “She said she’s going to send me a piece.”
No doubt who her son will sign with on Wednesday.
The e-mail is an example of the close relationships college football recruiters — Garner is regarded as one of the best in the business — develop with prospects and their families.