The Georgia Bulldogs are taking a rather creative approach to recruiting Herschel Walker's nephew Milan Richard and other 2014 recruits.
In recruiting, sometimes it comes down to what your program is able to do to stick out in the mind of a recruit. Winning is always the best way to set yourself apart, and official visits will really do the trick, but earlier on in the process, it comes down to the little things.
Georgia has months to wait before it can prove itself on the football field, so until that time, any advantage on the recruiting trail is a great advantage.
Richard is very notably the nephew of Georgia great Herschel Walker, but he's also a big-time 2014 recruit. He's a 4-star tight end, ranked No. 9 overall at the position according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he checks in at 6'2'', 232 pounds and runs a 4.75 40 according to 247Sports.
He has incredible potential and the Bulldogs are currently the top program on his interest list (247Sports).
Landing Richard would represent a huge recruiting win for Georgia, so in that light, one can't help but admire the creative mail that they sent him.
Richard tweeted out a link to his Instagram and gave a shout out to Georgia for the puzzle that it sent him. Check out the puzzle, via Richard's Instagram:
Another Georgia target, 3-star outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, tweeted out an Instagram link with a similar puzzle, saying that he had to put it together. Here's the picture, via his Instagram:
Lorenzo Carter @LCarter_25
@CoachBmacUGA is lucky I was smart enough to put this together... I was slick confused at first! Lol http://t.co/iYMWW3Xs2/12/2013, 2:21:46 AM
Note: h/t Kipp Adams of ESPN.com on Twitter
You can see in the puzzles that Richt signed them and left a note saying something along the lines of the class or puzzle not being complete with said recruit, and it's cool to see that Georgia is at the very least thinking outside of the (puzzle) box.
Will a recruit make a commitment to a school because it send him some cool puzzle mail? I certainly don't think so.
That said, creativity on the recruiting trail is a huge way to stand out, and that personal touch could really set the Bulldogs apart when it comes down to a potential choice between Georgia and another program.
Especially with a recruit like Richard, who seems to be a Georgia lean, this kind of mail could be what really sets the Bulldogs apart and solidifies them as the top program for his commitment.
At the very least, it can't hurt much, right?
This kind of creative mail should only help Georgia on the recruiting trail.