After a monster recruiting class under Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the Georgia Bulldogs have a new recruiting coordinator.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 11, 2014
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon has been tabbed as the recruiting coordinator, and he is certainly deserving if his recent performance is any indication. The high-profile recruiting site 247Sports.com named McClendon as the national recruiter of the year for 2014, and one of his biggest contributions to this year’s class was as the key cog in keeping Lorenzo Carter in the state.
In addition to the Carter commitment, McClendon was listed as the primary recruiter for both 5-star running backs that the Bulldogs were able to land this season (Sony Michel and Nick Chubb), and when you factor in his track record with guys who are already on campus like Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, it’s easy to see how McClendon has earned this new title. McClendon’s promotion to recruiting coordinator wasn’t made on its own, as Mark Richt announced co-special teams coordinators in John Lilly and Mike Ekeler, but the McClendon moves stands out, especially given the recent past.
Georgia has been a national player on the recruiting scene for years, but with Pruitt and McClendon teaming up, things could reach epic proportions in a hurry with regard to bringing talent to Athens.