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Friday, July 27, 2012
Updated: July 29, 11:24 PM ET
Mark Richt: No pursuit of PSU players

By Radi Nabulsi
DawgNation

ATHENS, Ga. -- Before saying Friday it would not be recruiting Penn State players, Georgia gave notification to the Nittany Lions of 19 athletes whom the school's coaches planned to contact, on the same day the NCAA's punishments against Penn State were announced.

According to correspondence between the two schools obtained Friday by DawgNation, Georgia director of compliance Steve Flippen sent a list to Matt Stolberg, Penn State's associate athletic director for compliance and student-athlete services, on Monday.

Part of the NCAA's announcement was that players on the team could transfer with immediate eligibility at their new programs if they so desired. Per NCAA bylaw 13.1.1.3.3, schools are obligated to notify Penn State as to whom they would contact.

Georgia complied Friday afternoon with an open-records request from DawgNation, releasing the correspondence.

Then Bulldogs coach Mark Richt issued a statement stating that Georgia no longer intends to recruit those players.

"Currently, Georgia is not pursuing any of Penn State's football players, and we wish Coach (Bill) O'Brien and the players the best," Richt said.

The 19 players included Adrian Amos; Deion Barnes; Justin Brown; Da'Quan Davis; Jacob Fagnano; Khairi Fortt; Jordan Hill; Gerald Hodges; DaQuan Jones; Eugene Lewis; Angelo Mangiro; Pete Massaro; Michael Mauti; Jamil Pollard; Silas Redd; Donovan Smith; Matt Stankiewitch; Trevor Williams and Michael Zordich.

Fortt came close to signing with Georgia out of high school before he decided to play at Penn State, but according to his father, Guy Fortt, Georgia is not one of the programs his son is now considering.

Georgia joins Northwestern and Wisconsin, who also have said they would not recruit Penn State players.