Posted: 12:22 pm Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Georgia holds recruiting class together despite coaching turnover 

By Chip Towers

After Todd Grantham abruptly left Georgia to go to work for Bobby Petrino and the Bulldogs’ other defensive assistants soon followed with departures, several of the Bulldogs’ major recruiting prospects were left confused. These people were their primary contacts at UGA for the past year or so. Now they were gone. What were they to do?

To the Bulldogs’ credit, all of their previous commitments ended up signing with UGA on national signing day. But that’s as much a testament to the pragmatism of prospects such as Lorenzo Carter and Lamont Galliard as it was to Georgia’s dogged pursuit.

According to coachesbythenumbers.com, a website that tracks recruiting and advises prospects, if you signed to play college football at an Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly Division I) in 2009, there is a 68 percent chance that you ended up playing for a new head coach, an 86 percent chance that you’re playing for a new offensive coordinator and an 88 percent chance that you’re playing for a new defensive coordinator.

The website offers another eye-opening stat: From 2009-12, only eight FBS programs (7 percent) had the same head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator all four years.

The point? Don’t sign with a school to play for a certain position coach or coordinator.

“I talk to our coaches about that all the time,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. “The institution has to be a huge part of the process. Coaches, if they want to get better or move up, they’re probably going to leave. So at the end of the day you have to fall in love with where you’re going to go to school. That’s why we get professors involved, academic support, trainers, everybody.”

That said, Georgia plays up the fact that it has some longevity and coaching stability on its side. Not only is head coach the dean of SEC coaches with 14 years at UGA, but the Bulldogs have also had the same quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator that whole time. Mike Bobo has been with Richt the whole time and was promoted to take over coordination and play-calling duties in 2007.

With Pruitt’s hire last month, Georgia has had three defensive coordinators since 2010. And while Pruitt is credited with helping the Bulldogs land Carter and other high-profile defensive recruits, he downplayed his role in the process.

“Every kid that came here came because it’s Georgia and Mark Richt,” Pruitt said on Wednesday. “You never recruit to an assistant coach. You recruit to the university and the head coach. I think that’s the reason kids choose a school.”

Of course, the assistant coaches on any staff play a big role in the actual recruitment of prospects and play a tremendously important role in the process. They’re on the frontlines, as it were, and are the provide the primary conduit of communication. Obviously, Georgia’s assistant coaches are very good at recruiting.

In fact, according to the annual rankings compiled by 247Sports.com, Georgia currently has on its staff the last four national recruiters of the year. Running backs coach Bryan McClendon won that honor this year, Pruitt received the distinction while at FSU in 2012 and ’13 and Bobo was rated the country’s No. 1 recruiter in 2011.

Said McGarity: “You have to have a passion for it. You have to have a passion for the process, which includes identifying who the pieces are to your puzzle, establishing a relationship with the person and parents and guardians and you have to have relationships with the coaches. So you have to be a people person. If you’re not a people person you’ll really struggle in the profession, because so much of it is just based on relationships.”

It helps to have an established program and a strong reputation both for winning games and developing players.

“Georgia is the the state institution,” McGarity said. “Especially for kids in this state, they’ve seen the track of the kids that have gone on the make it in the NFL. That is a great story in itself, but we also have a high success rate when it comes to our graduates moving on into the profession world in some form or fashion. Some coaches are more gifted than others. It’s like different personalities. Some kids want to have a relationship with the head coach, first and foremost. The position coaches are important, but not as much so.”

Hence this little factoid, Georgia completed its recruiting class with one of its nine assistant coaches’ positions vacant. The Bulldogs finally announced the hiring of Mike Ekeler as linebackers coach late Thursday morning — the day AFTER national signing day.

274 comments
Gopher86
Gopher86

SlawDawg, You Stupid!!!!!!

dawgeatdawg
dawgeatdawg

Nice boobs-------------georgia girl im sure----------dawgs rule

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

When the majority or your recrutes are 1 & 2 star players, its little wonder you hold the class together when a loud-mouth lardbutt coach leaves. The little thUGAs have no where else to go since they did not have any other offers. Coach Rick needs to go and take Mike Bozo with him. I sure miss Jim Donnan and Ray Goff.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Junior day is this weekend...hopefully the dawgs will snag a few commitments. Our recruiting is about to get better.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

POAD2013, you are way too ignorant to follow college football as exemplified by your commentary. You should find something else to do with your time.


DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

WR Michael Bennett, C David Andrews, WR Chris Conley, OT Kenarious Gates, FB Quayvon Hicks, LB Ramik Wilson


3-star recruits, but 5-star Dawgs! 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Someone ask Bobo why Quayvon Hicks isn't getting more carries. Dude is a manchild. 6'2, 255 lbs at fullback. Numerous times I saw him blow up people blocking for our backs. Getting in front of him is a death wish. Merritt Hall is solid too but Hicks brings another physicality to the position.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

You need to be locked up some where....talking about peeing on a dog.....animal cruelty at its finest there bud. Do us all a favor and take a break from posting like Bucky has the last few days....what a punk!

Rick_James
Rick_James

@POAD2013

"Because DODD was a respectable man that Believed in STUDENT before Athlete and Richt thinks questionable character guy are okay to recruit."

You're right as always..Richt cares nothing about character which is why Zach Mettenberger and Nick Marshall were still on Georgia's roster this season..Oh wait, he kicked them off the team.Never mind..You like to use the word "thug" a lot when referring to UGA players..I think that's the new N word for you..I'm also amazed that you've never addressed how Tech players were dancing on the sidelines like a bunch of strippers when they thought they had Georgia beaten in November.Did they get a pass from you because they were your guys? Because I'm sure you would have called them "thugs" had it been Georgia players.Would Bobby Dodd have allowed that?

Dawg350
Dawg350

We are also in the running for DT Trenton Thompson a 5* star.....he has UGA as his favorite! We getting stacked up for the future.....it's exciting times in Athens. Just hope we can stay injury free and motivated for the sec crown.

Dawg350
Dawg350

We already have one *5 star recruit already....I can't wait for junior day! I think by the 2015 class will land us four * 5 star recruits. I'm not saying we will win the national championship this year but I do bet we make it to Atlanta and have the best chance at winning the game since 2005.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

You also thought carter was going to be a gator.....but carter had it down to UGA and LSU....Florida wasn't even in the picture when it was all said and done! I guess you were wrong gator boy! Lol!

DawgNole
DawgNole

350's enthusiasm for Dawg football knows no boundaries. Now, if we can just convince him to cease and desist with those "Book its," we may win it all this season.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Our OL is only going to get better. In the 2015 class...OT Chuma Edoga and OT Kaleb Kim are both high on UGA and I think they will sign with UGA.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I believe in Hutson mason.....he has been in this system for 5 years...the guy hates to lose. Mason won't have to do it all...he will have a bunch help. Malcolm Mitchell will be out for blood this year!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

You don't think carter isn't trying to bulk up now??? I bet UGA coaches told him a target weight he needs to at by august 31. I think carter will have the same effect on our team just like clowney did in his freshmen year for the yard birds! That's right you need to temper down.....the gators were 4-8 last year! Lmao!

TampGator1
TampGator1

And 350....


You are getting into the summer National title thing a little early, aren't you?  Shouldn't you at least wait until the beginning of fall practice before making annual predictions of SEC and National titles?  Seriously.  But I doubt Carter has much of a SEC impact during his first year on campus.  The kid needs to gain weight and add a bunch of strength in order to blow by SEC OTs.  Heck, he had a hard time blowing by the Booker T. OT, as they blew out Norcross High.  But Booker T. was a really good team, and teams are just a little better in the SEC. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Dawg 350....


I remember Dawg fans saying similar things about Grantham when he was hired.  Why don't you just wait and see what happens under Pruitt and then get all excited and such.  Same applies with me concerning Florida hiring Roper as their OC, as I felt the same as you do about Pruitt when Florida hired Pease.  I have a wait and see view right now about Roper's influence on Florida's offense, with reserved but hopeful expectations due to the successes Roper has had wherever he has been.  Maybe you should consider the same.    

Dawg350
Dawg350

Just wait and see how Pruitt works his magic with carter....floyd...Jenkins and drew! The fantastic 4 is going to rule 2014!

Dawg350
Dawg350

No....you miss john rocker! Lmao!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  Animal Cruelty?  Animal Cruelty is inbreeding those Ugas so they can't even live more than 5 years, have breathing problems, heart conditions and UGa puts them on the sidelines to HIDE in the A/C doghouse or sit on a bag of ice. That is Animal Cruelty. My dogs live better than the Ugas do.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Rick_James Notice I said RECRUIT? Are you Stupid or is it that you just can't READ?

Richt and the UGa staff allow QUESTIONABLE Character players to sign with UGa then have to suspend them for games or kick them off the team.

Try to Read and Comprehend better.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Dawg350  UGA's recruiting will be even better next season since Pruitt and his staff will have had a full year to get on kids and stay on them. He got hired what, 3 weeks before national signing day this year? It's hard to build a really strong relationship with a kid who might be committed to another school for only 2-3 weeks before he signs, especially when you don't have your full staff together yet. Now that we do, I expect 2015 recruiting to really take off. We could see quite a few 5* guys committotheG. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgNole  Really you need to go with......NoleDog.......FSU won the Natty Ship and the DOGS were sniffing Butt again...LOL

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Sounds like sour grapes. Had Carter gone to Florida he'd be the next great pass rusher the SEC has ever seen. GTFO here

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  The thing about Grantham though...he talked a big game...even though he had never coached a college defense before as a Defensive Coordinator. Pruitt just led Florida State to a national title win and a #1 ranking in pass defense, scoring defense, #3 in yards allowed and #18 in the country against the run. Basically the #1 defense in America. I know Florida State has TONS of talent but talent can only get you so far. Pruitt had a hand in that. He'll have lots of talented guys here in Athens too. Former 4 & 5 * players. We're excited.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Dawg350  That's who I'm most excited about. Leonard Floyd. I like his style of play. Jenkins was supposed to be that guy last season and take over for Jarvis Jones. Maybe his junior year he'll step it up. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  They well could and maybe Pruitt is the next IRK...but what IF it doesn't workout to your lofty expectations?

Before you make all these HIGH GOALS why don't you temper your zeal just a little until you see the Spring game.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg gone it

I agree.....Pruitt is very good recruiter...he won recruiter of the year in 2012 and 2013. I can't wait to see what our 2015 class will look like with Pruitt being here for a whole year. With Pruitt...bobo and McClendon....it's operation state lock down....I sure hope so because 50 of the best prospects in nation are from the state of Georgia. I'm sure Richt and Pruitt already have a plan in place to lock down the state.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@POAD2013 @DawgNole  

ThomAss B has been doing some sniffing himself--even commented that my butt was puckered. If I change to NoleDawg, he'll think he's right in accusing me of being more a Nole than a Dawg. Can't have him thinking he's right; he'd be even more insufferable on here--if that's possible. As I've told him countless times before, I pull for both teams equally.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgNole  Georgia Tech was sniffing our butts on their own field. Why don't they change Bobby Dodd to Richt Stadium? Lord knows Richt has had more wins on that field than anyone LOL

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg gone it

Yeah I think Jenkins will have his break out year.....I think he will be ready to handle the pressure this year. We also have Johnny O Neal and reggie carter...both should be ready for sec play this year....Johnny O Neal is huge!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @Dawg350  You play Wofford week 1? Seriously? Then you play Tulane then Georgia Southern? Wow. Talk about easing your way in. LOL Then again, Georgia Southern beat Florida and Southern actually runs the triple option better than Tech. Georgia Southern wins.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 UGA wouldn't give you a free ride...that's the thing. Even Tech wouldn't give you a free ride.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt OKAY. I would Pee on Uga VI's head if he came to see me play baseball back in the day. I wouldn't go to UGa if they gave me a free ride no matter what.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Personally I think you are a thug who wished they had an opportunity to play for Georgia. But you were never good enough. That's why you're mad at UGA.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt SEE the FUTURE? Funny. Everybody KNEW Crowell was a POTHEAD but somehow the UGa coaches couldn't talk to people in his hometown and KNOW the TRUTH....UGa and Richt had had to get rid of or have lost 50+ players for a multitude of reasons and that is not a FEW bad apples...that is STUPID COACHES RECRUITING THUGS and IDIOTS.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Yeah because coaches can always see the future and tell what a guy is going to do 1-2 years down the road while he's on campus. I'd say Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall were two student-athletes who we've never had a problem out of. And there are plenty more. Of course there will always be a few bad apples in the bunch. But that's at every school. Not just UGA. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Because DODD was a respectable man that Believed in STUDENT before Athlete and Richt thinks questionable character guy are okay to recruit.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Actually it's a 2011 Dodge Caliber. Thanks for trying though. And I live in Bobby Dodd stadium, thank you very much

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt you are not smart enough to OWN anything. You don't Own your house and you lease a 2001 car.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@POAD2013 @Ghost13  , Georgia  doesn't  need off  weeks  to beat  GT. Been foing it  on a  regular  since the  series  started on an annual basis.  Gt  won 15  games  vs  UGA since  1957..

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt you have been owned so many times on the blogs you should have 400 acres & 100 Mules.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Ghost13di UGa have a week off(or play a TO Team) before they played Kensucky like they do most times they play Tech? I didn't think so.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@POAD2013 @Ghost13  PUt  Gt in the  SEC east  and  they would  have  similar  results  as  Kentucky. Whats your  record  vs  the only SEC  east  team you play on a  consistent  basis.? 1-12. Give Kentucky  credit  they have one  more  win vs  UGA than GT does since  2001.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Ghost13 that is just a GUESS you have not PROOF that it would be the same. You are pulling an OBAMA and taking out of your Azz just like the Prez.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  GT will never get anywhere in football with O-linemen that are barely 6'1 and barely 270 lbs. That's why when you play the big time teams, you lose. You cannot block. That chop block crap is a cheating way of blocking. Ever tried blocking straight up? How would that turn out? Not very well and Paul Johnson knows it.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt what do you base that BS thinking on? You are just being Stupid, Drunk & Stoned like the UGa football team.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @Ghost13  If you put Kentucky vs. GT on a neutral field...Kentucky wins 10 times out of 10. Better athletes. That high school crap you guys run is getting older and older. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Ghost13 Bull S..T and you know it. Try to sell that to other SEC coattail riders but the College Football World knows better.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  We play Charleston Southern this year I'm assuming for HOMECOMING. EVERY TEAM plays CUPCAKES...but Georgia Tech is getting full off them. It's easy to beat North ALABAMA 66-7 but then when you play UGA you lose 42-10. Or Clemson, or Florida State, or MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE who beat you 49-28 in 2012 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneItFunny and UGa plays Ga Sou? Charleston Sou? Please don't get into the Cupcake schedule cause UGa plays KenSucky every year and that is as easy as any OoC cupcake.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  You also have a home and home with Mercer next year don't you? Yeah you do. Big time matchup. Should be primetime

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Hey STUPID look it up TECH does play VANDY. We have Auburn on the schedule in a few years again too. Bama is in the 20's now since they wanted to change the game so they could play in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game a few years back. You really don't know much or you are just UGa Fan intelligent.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  You never play Vanderbilt? That's why you haven't lost to them. You don't play them. That's like saying we never lose to North Carolina. 


Remember when you lost to Middle Tennessee State? Yeah I do too

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  The only "coaching" UGA needed was on the defensive side. I believe Pruitt will be a great addition. Richt nor Bobo were the problems. It was always a defensive issue at UGA. Scoring points was not. In football, the object is to score more points than your opponent. We could score, but couldn't stop others from scoring, therefore we lost a chance to play for a national title. VS. Bama in the SEC CG in 2012, we gave up 350 yards rushing and 32 points. That is not good defense. It was not Richt's fault nor Bobo that we lost that game. South Carolina has plenty of talent, don't turn this into a talent thing because every single school in the SEC has TALENT.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt BUT BUT BUT TECH hasn't lost to VANDY in a long long long time. you say tech WOULD LOSE to vandy but tech hasn't lost to Vandy lately and TECH has also beat AUBURN the last time we met in Atl and Auburn. Auburn was top 10 ranked both time TECH beat them too.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt but did USCe beat UGa with better TALENT or BETter COACHINg? LMAO....COACHING not talent. Well now USCe it TUFF and Tenn SUCKS so you swapped 1 for 1 as an easy win.

POAD2013
POAD2013


@DawgGoneIt

@DawgGoneIt Are you STUPID or just ignorant? USC? Really? go look at UGas recruiting classes against USC's and what is the historical record of UGa v USCe?  You are just now saying USCe is tuff but don't you also scream every year USCe is NOTHING and they have NO SEC titles? Don't claim USCe is tuff when you post all the time that they are NOTHING.

44-17-2 and you think USCe is a TUFF team? I guess UACe is Elite like UGa is Elite....LMMFAO.


HAHAH.....VANDY? really? so UGa has fallen so far in the toilet that VANDY is a difficult win? But but but UGa has top 15 recruiting classes going back 10 years and now VANDY is a TUFF game? I guess that says how bad RICHT SUCKS. Beating TECh is ALL the dogs have to hang their hat on.


of those 8 SEC games WHO has a more TALENT Laden Roster? UT? lmao they are still coming off a train wreck. USC? When have they EVER had 22 players on the field better than the 22 UGa puts on the field? LMAO. Florida? you mean that talent laden team that is over ranked and can't play Offense? LMAO. VADY? Really you are SCARED of VANDY? LMMFAO. MIZZOU? I thought the B1G teams SUCKED and could NEVER compete in the SEC. LMMFAO. ArkieSaw? Really? They had a few good years with a good QB but that is Over and they are trying to rebuild. Auburn? I saw all you guys posting your record against the War Tiger Plainsman Eagles and saying they SUCK unless they take THUGS that were kicked off other teams.


DUDe those are ALL EASY WINS based on UGa's TALENT. Now UGa coaching that SUCKS and Players that are more worried about the NFL is a different story.

UGa has an EASY WALK EVERY YEAR to a bowl game..They just fall FLAT on their face and NEVER make the National Championship Game.....COACHING is the problem at the Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College and Plantation of georgia.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013  UGA OWNS the All-Time series against USC...but here lately it has been a dogfight vs. South Carolina. They've actually beaten us 3 of the past 4 seasons so I wouldn't call that an "easy" game by any stretch of the imagination. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Since when was South Carolina EVER an easy win? And Vanderbilt actually beat us last year so they are no longer an "easy win". Tech yes, Kentucky yes, every college typically plays a cupcake or two...so yeah there are a few "given" wins each year but we also play an 8 game SEC schedule. This year ours is South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky. Nobody on that list will be an "easy" win. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Kentucky, Vandy, USC, Tech, 2 Sisters Of the Poor & Blind. Depending on the year #7 WIN will be Auburn or Tenn

POAD2013
POAD2013


@DawgGoneIt

And UGa doesn't play EASY TEAMS? C'mon man row-up and admit it. UGa has an easy walk to 6-7 wins every year.