Georgia Bulldogs: Best Recruiter on the Staff?


The Georgia Bulldogs nearly always have a Top 10 Recruiting Class coming to Athens every fall.  Say what you will about player development and conduct policies in place with the University, but under HC Mark Richt’s leadership the Georgia Bulldogs have recruited with the best of teams in college football the last 15 seasons.

Many players want to play for a family man like Mark Richt.  Parents feel comfortable about sending their son to play for a coach with such high moral fiber as Coach Richt.  Position coaches jump at the opportunity to work under Mark Richt at Georgia because they know of the high-class program Coach Richt runs in Athens with his Dawgs.

-= Nick Chubb: Best Player in the SEC? =-

Obviously Mark Richt is the greatest recruiter on the Georgia Bulldogs’ staff as head coach, but which of his assistants are a cut above the rest in getting high school prospects to Commit To The G?

Just when Georgia loses top-flight recruiters like Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Rodney Garner to Auburn and former Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo to Colorado State over the course of three years time, Richt almost always seems to bring in guys that are more than happy to pay it forward and continue to preach how great it is to play for the Georgia Bulldogs.

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  • From Tracy Rocker on the defensive line to John Lilly with the tight ends to Mike Ekeler with the inside linebackers and special teams, Georgia has a committed, versatile staff that wants to make UGA better by bringing in the best talent.

    OC Brian Schottenheimer, OL Coach Rob Sale, and RB Coach Thomas Brown are all entering their first season as coaches on Mark Richt’s staff.  Though they all can become top-flight recruiters for the Georgia Bulldogs, they have to prove themselves on the recruiting trail before ascending to the top of the UGA recruiting pecking order.

    Entering 2015, I see the three best assistant coaches on the Georgia Bulldogs staff in terms of recruiting as follows: WR Coach Bryan McClendon, OLB Coach Kevin Sherrer, and DC/DB Coach Jeremy Pruitt.

    McClendon served as Recruiting Coordinator when he was the RBs Coach on Mike Bobo’s offensive staff.  Bryan moves to coach his former position group that he played as an undergrad at Georgia for Mark Richt a decade ago.  He replaces a great hands-on coach, but not great recruiter in Tony Ball, who left for the LSU Tigers.

    -= UGA 9th in Initial AP Poll =-

    Sherrer has come on in the past six months helping shape both the 2015 Class as well as bringing in prospects to get the program over the top in 2016.  Kevin comes from the Nick Saban coaching tree and knows what it takes to build a top-flight defense.  As much as I want him to stay with the Dawgs indefinitely, Kevin Sherrer could garner a DC job in the Power 5 within the next three years, assuming his OLBs continue their feverish pass rush at UGA.

    However I have to believe that the best recruiter on Mark Richt’s defensive staff is none other than Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.  In just 18 months time, Coach Pruitt has completely rebuilt a once porous Georgia secondary into a squad that does not give up the big play.  His defensive staff of Rocker, Ekeler, and Sherrer provide Pruitt with great on-the-field teachers as well as passionate recruiters for the Georgia Bulldogs football program.

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    When UGA lured Pruitt away from Florida State after the Seminoles won the 2013 National Championship, I felt that Jeremy Pruitt’s hiring was the best thing to happen to the Georgia program since Richt signed QB Matthew Stafford in the 2006 High School Class out of Highland Park, Texas.  Pruitt’s first signee S Dominick Sanders seems to have a blinding bright future in the Dawgs’ secondary.  By having Jeremy Pruitt in Athens, I believe that he can help get Mark Richt his first National Championship as HC of the Georgia Bulldogs.  12 Days folks, Go Dawgs!

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