With UM linebacker commits Michael Pinckney and Shaq Quarterman good friends, it was only natural that after new coach Mark Richt, along with linebackers coach Hurlie Brown, visited each at their respective schools (Jacksonville Raines and Orange Park Oakleaf, which are about 20 miles from each other), they would all get together.
Once Richt did an in-home visit with Quarterman on the night cap, Pinckney decided it'd be best that for his visit all of them get together for dinner. They enjoyed a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
"It was most convenient," Pinckney said. "Shaq is my dog, so you know we had to link up when the coaches came in town."
The highlight of dinner? Pinckney says it was Richt's sense of humor.
People at the restaurant would walk up and approach Richt. It was like hanging with a celebrity for the two prospects.
"That's Mark Richt," Pinckney says. "A legend in football."
Quarterman enjoyed Richt's company.
"The visit went great," said Quarterman, who also watched Pinckney play in the Class 4A state championship game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in the stands with Richt on Saturday. "We talked about the future and life and had a great time."
During the day, Richt and Brown visited the two at their respective high schools.
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"He said he loves my film and the way I play and I can do some great things at the U," Pinckney said.
Both Quarterman and Pinckney will visit UM this weekend and are set to enroll early.
Richt also passed by Mandarin High School while on his Jacksonville tour. The Canes have a 2017 linebacker commit in Aundre Ricardo-Kearney from Mandarin.