Raekwon McMillan May Have Chosen OSU Over UGA Because He Hated Mark Richt's Hand-Drawn Portrait

By DJ Byrnes on April 28, 2014 at 10:56a
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We covered Mark Richt sending hand-drawn portraits to recruits a few weeks back, which is an old-school approach that's somewhat weird as it is admirable. 

Turns out, it could've been a great recruiting tool... for Ohio State.

In an interview with Georgia commit Lorenzo Carter in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the five-star defensive end had this to say about his friend's recruitment:

What is the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “I would have to say when UGA drew a picture of me. That was pretty cool. I liked that a lot. They did (the portraits) for me and Raekwon McMillan. We didn’t get Raekwon but still it was good.”

How would you rate the quality and accuracy of your UGA portrait? “I looked good in (the portrait), compared to how I look in real life. Raekwon’s picture didn’t look good. It was ugly. He didn’t like it. That’s probably why he didn’t come to UGA (and signed with Ohio State).”

 All praises to the Based Sammy Silverman! 

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Freaky!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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acBuckeye's picture

This may be a reason why Raekwon the Chef came to OSU:

 

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Osurrt's picture

Let's hope it wasn't just the picture---lol. But I remember the comments when it was first posted and they were not highly favorable. I found the jigsaw puzzle for the east coast TE much more creative.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I found Richt's sketch of Raekwon. If you ask me, it's pretty artsy fartsy.

 

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IH8UOFM's picture

Wait til Mick gets his hands on this kid

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BHT's picture

I logged in just to upvote this!

The art may have been a factor, but I think that he came to Ohio State because we are simply better than UGA.

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Stinson's picture

1.) It wasn't *Mark Richt's* hand-drawn portrait. Unless it was...

2.) Creepy. So creepy.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

UrbanPirate's picture

I don't mean to call you out, but I think you may have misread the article you linked.. This is the 3rd to last paragraph:

Odds are an art student or UGA staff member handled the job of drawing this detailed piece of work. Regardless, this is an outstanding effort by Georgia to keep within the rules and make an impact on a player.

 I personally think it would be pretty bad ass if a head coach of a major program actually did personally draw portraits, but I don't think that is the case here.

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I need to stop being sarcastic on the internet or at least start putting it on italics training wheels.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Just let it roll. You don't have to suffer downvotes for misinterpreted sarcasm. 

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clogan1032's picture

No training wheels needed, readership lacks the requisite SEC speed to keep up with you.

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UrbanPirate's picture

Ha, my bad, I was just looking forward to reading about coach hunkered down at his desk slaving over portraits while UFM continues to cherry pick GA recruits with feet on the pavement. And yes, sarcastic text is crucial for me to grasp anything on the interweb.

Just... Go Bucks.

    

Knarcisi's picture

Haha.  That one of Roquan Smith looks like ET playing football. 

CGroverL's picture

I hate Georgia and the SEC as much as the average member of Buckeye Nation does (I think). However, I think the portraits are kinda cool and really hope that McMillan didn't really base his decision on a hand drawn pic from the coaching staff. It just seems kinda petty to me. I want to think that McMillan has a high IQ to go with his on the field skills and not going to Georgia because of a hand drawn picture that he didn't like so much just seems like a strange reason to have thrown that school's offer to the side.

My guess is that McMillan wanted to go to the school that gives him the greatest chance of winning, winning titles, and of course, offers a great education to go along with it. Columbus is a city where football players are near the top of society and are worshiped by people like myself. Besides the CBJ (who play 2nd to the Buckeye football program), Ohio State sports are almost on an island that is as well protected as it can get even though we still let members of that ENTERTAINMENT program that parades itself as a sports news agency (espin) in from time to time. Great selection for whatever the reason was, Mr. McMillan. It's great to have you where the Silver Bullets reign! Go Bucks!

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German Buckeye's picture

Did we find the drawing of Raekwon?  Wonder what he did to make it look bad. 

OSUStu's picture

Was the drawing of Raekwon ever shown?

Edit: just beat me to it German Buckeye.

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BierStube's picture

Here is Raekwons pic ... Would you go to UGA if this were sent to you?

Gotta love how this is worth 13 mill!

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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raki's picture

I pity the person who bought this Crap for 13 mill.

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Squirrel Master's picture

seriously? The artist, sadly, overdosed on heroin at the pinnacle of his art. There is limited originals and he was considered the tiger woods of the art community.

That piece could be worth 20 million by now!

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OvalBeachBum's picture

I wouldn't pay ten dollars for that Art...real art was the renaissance art, such as what Michelangelo did with the Sistine chapel.

"In the words of the late great Colonel Sanders, I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Ricky Bobby

Will in Arizona's picture

He was the Banksy of his time.

German Buckeye's picture

Art is in the eye of the beholder it is said...this piece to my eye beholdens a second graders finger painting.  I'd pay a good fifty cents at least. 

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buckeyedude's picture

Holy Toledo. Imagine that on a hangover.

 

 

Go1Bucks's picture

I did paintings like that when I was 6, and I didn't need heroin.  Damn, I think I still have them somewheres...

Go Bucks!

Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Dear Raekwon,

Come to Georgia and feast on some fava beans and a nice chianti! Fuhfufufufuh...

Gooz-fra-bah...

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Dear Raekwon,

Come to Georgia and feast on some fava beans and a nice chianti! Fuhfufufufuh...

Gooz-fra-bah...

BierStube's picture

Rumor has it Richt took lessons from this guy ...

 

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Go1Bucks's picture

Talk about an original squirrel painting.

Go Bucks!

otrain2416's picture

If it was Ryan Shazier it wouldn't be a bad drawing. 

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CALPOPPY's picture

I first thought it was Shazier and then noticed that it had eyebrows.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Richt had lost control of his drawing skills.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

saw this, lolled, moved on.

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BoFuquel's picture

I'm an ingainear not an artist, but if you are that upset over a caricature drawing choosing to play for someone like UM was a mistake. Time will tell but, if you get your feelings hurt over that you ain't zackly middle linebacker tough. What's a year of sittin' on the bench and mop-up duty gonna do to his ego. You can bet UM is gonna find out. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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Squirrel Master's picture

WTH did you just say? What is an ingainear?

and stop calling him UM, that is reserved for TTUN. Call him UFM or just Urban.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Lol squirrel!

Gooz-fra-bah...

jaxbuckeye's picture

Seriously?  People really like these drawings?  They're turrible!  Just turrible.   I wonder if it took him like three hours to finish the shading on the upper lip.

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Jason Gruber's picture

It's probably the best drawing he's ever done. 

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Up vote for catching the reference!!!!  Haha!  Wonder if they are hanging on the players' walls?

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

John Doe

Gooz-fra-bah...

Barnsey69's picture

Hahahahahaha..hahahaha...ha.

Mark Richt is dumb.

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bcarp87's picture

Am I the only one who doesn't remember the headlines on this site being this bad during the offseason last yr?

AndyVance's picture

Maybe, but you are certainly not the first person to post a comment about how bad you think the offseason content is... I'm thinking of starting a thread to see what folks in your camp think would be appropriate offseason content since posts like these clearly aren't meeting your high standards...

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German Buckeye's picture

Feel free to do the work 11W staff puts in daily (while doing their other jobs) and post some content.  If its good, then great.  I for one will not be throwing stones.

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do" - Ben Franklin

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Hovenaut's picture

This whole hand-drawn portrait recruiting pitch thing just seems sketchy to me.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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nm_buck's picture

You shouldn't judge UGA'S recruiting efforts with such a broad brush.

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tdible2132's picture

I think Lorenzo should be thinking about the bigger picture

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CALPOPPY's picture

I don't know. The pictures are pretty ruff.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

You've got a good point there, Hovenaut.  You're pretty sharp, in fact.  Even with those pencil legs of yours.  

No, but seriously...I've done pencil portraits all my life and I had to spit my tea up when I took some of the links to other sketches.  Those could NOT have been done by "art students".  They are embarrassingly bad.  On one guy's portrait (D'Andre's, I think), it has a hand in the picture, only the hand is like three sizes too small.  Art students are supposed to learn something called "proportion".  In fact, the evidence points to probably Richt's granddaughter, if she is under five, as the artist.  All the heads are huge, and the guy in the helmet is just plain scary.  He's all eyes and face (and that nose...oh, that nose), so there is no room in that helmet for any other head parts whatsoever.

But then, maybe that's the point.  It is Georgia, after all.

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

What Mark clearly thought was a good idea - came back to bite him big time.