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Georgia's Mark Richt ends up at jail during recruiting visit

10:56 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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Georgia football coach Mark Richt met with an elite recruit in jail Wednesday night, but not because the player was incarcerated.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Richt was visiting Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, considered the No. 1 prospect in the state by ESPN.com.

Richt was with Harvey-Clemons and members of Clemons' family at church when the recruit, who works for his grandfather's bail bond company, had to go, along with his grandfather's daughter, to bail out a customer.

Richt initially stayed with the service, but when the daughter forgot her ID in a van at church, Richt and assistant coach Mike Bobo drove to the jail to bring the ID and then continued to meet with Harvey-Clemons for "20 to 30 minutes," the Journal-Constituion quoted the grandfather, Woodrow Clemons.

"My kids are at the age where they have to work and do something," Woodrow Clemons told the Journal-Constitution. "They've got to start learning about the real world. And with being bond agents, they can pick up the 'fear' of going to jail ... Josh understood he had to go do this. I own the business and one day Josh will own part of it, so he knows the responsibilities that come with it. And it definitely beats working at Walmart or a hamburger joint."

By Jim Halley, USA TODAY

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