Posted: 11:31 pm Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Reaction: UGA recruit on resignation of Bulldogs coach 

By Michael Carvell

One of UGA’s recruits at defensive back was unsure how his commitment to the Bulldogs is affected by the departure of an assistant coach.

Scott Lakatos, UGA’s defensive back coach, resigned for “personal reasons” on Thursday, less than a month away from signing day.

UGA DB commit Shattle Fenteng of Grayson High School (Hutchinson JC)

UGA DB commit Shattle Fenteng of Grayson High School (Hutchinson JC)

UGA has three commits at defensive back, including Shattle Fenteng, the former Grayson High School standout who plays at Hutchinson junior college in Kansas. Fenteng was contacted before the news went public on Thursday by UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“Coach Grantham let me know what was going on,” Fenteng said. “It made me feel good that he called, and it helped me understand the situation. I feel like Coach Lakatos is leaving for the right reasons. He has some family issues that he needed to take care of.

“I really don’t know yet how I feel about (the change). I don’t know how I’m going to react. But, so far, I don’t see a difference.

“Coach Grantham said he is going to try to hire someone within the next week. He’s waiting for some NFL guys to call him back. He said he wants to get a good coach so he can develop me to go to the NFL.”

UGA’s other recruits at defensive back are Brooks County High School’s Malkom Parrish and Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla. The Bulldogs have 16 overall commitments for their 2014 class and hope to sign at least one more defensive back, with the top target being M.L. High School’s Wesley Green.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Fenteng is scheduled to take his official visit to UGA on Jan. 16. He also has set up a recruiting trip to another SEC school, but that was planned before Lakatos’ resignation. “No, (Lakatos) had nothing to do with it,” he said.

Over the holiday break, Fenteng hung out with two of his former Grayson teammates, Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche, who both play at Ole Miss and are trying to convince Fenteng to join them. Fenteng has plans to tour Ole Miss on Jan. 24.

“I just feel it’s like a family thing over there because of my boys,” Fenteng said. “I like how Ole Miss is not a losing program. They win games.”

Fenteng said he’s also considering an official visit to Arizona State, among three other schools. “My coach told me that Auburn and Ohio State were real interested in me, then they heard I committed so they fell back a little bit. Then they heard that I might be taking other visits, so they might want to offer me. I don’t know yet.”

When asked about the status of his commitment to UGA, Fenteng said, “UGA is my No. 1 right now, and I’m committed there. But I still want to take my visits and see stuff for myself. I have five visits to take, and I think it would be dumb if I didn’t take more than one.”

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25 comments
D-Sheets
D-Sheets

He said he wants to get a good coach so he can develop me to go to the NFL.” -



Bingo!   Well, since Grantham is feeding you this BS then you better go to UGA b/c you're now a lock for the NFL. 

doktrt
doktrt

Grantham is gone. Going to join that pillar of integrity Petrino at Louisville. These recruiters are akin to used car salesman. Wonder if he mentioned his own departure  that to the kid?

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

Is anyone at AJC watching the ESPN report that Todd Grantham is gone to Louisville?  My big fear is that Mark Richt will hire from within the current coaching ranks at UGA. Namely Coach Wilson.  He's a good coach, but I'm not sold that he should be the next head coach at UGA.


Pistol66
Pistol66

Fellow seems to be wavering bigtime!  It also appears that the other schools are smelling the blood in the water and are putting on a big push!  Coach Grantham(who was a d-line coach in the NFL) calls him and promises to bring in some mystery coach to make sure he gets to the league!  Sounds like he is grasping at straws to hold this class together!  This may be continuing a trend that this recruiting class will have a number of decommits going to other more successful programs!

Tech12
Tech12

Coach says nothing about being a great student/athlete but only about playing. Excuse me ....... I thought colleges were suppose to be about studying too!

PigIron
PigIron

If anything, the hiring of new coaches should enhance Georgia's prospects for retaining their commitments.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

the defensive backfield has been a mess for years

5th  in pass defense SEC in 2011, 12th in nation   4th in pass defense  SEC in 2012 15th in nation, others had much bigger messes.Led the conference in Interceptions  in 2011, Do you watch Georgia  football?

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

JB, In case you missed it  Georgia  did beat LSU  in 2013.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

96jb, Georgia, 8-5, 12-2  10-4 . 6-7. 8-5 10-3, 11-2 ,9-4, 10-3 , 10-2 ,11-3, 13-1,8-5.

2nd in SEC wins  I don't  see  a trend of 7-5 , 8-4  seasons. Only once in 13 years  back to back seasons of  less than 10-11  wins. 13 years  prior to Richt  95-56, Richt  126 -45 , 8th best  record in the  Nation 2nd  in SEC  behind  LSU. Better  record and  winning %  than Dooleys 1st  13 years and if you want to go back further than Dooley better win % than  Butts. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Being fair to Lakatos he was not the only Defensive Back Coach who couldn't figure out the best way to scheme and cover Play Action Offenses. Bend but don't break Philosophy. Even Saban is having a hard time. I hope someone figures it out soon because I don't like 50 to 45 games like the big 12 has had for years. No Defense is not good for the sport , it also separates the SEC from other Conferences even though some teams in the Pac- 12 and the  Big-10 still emphasize Defense. 

96JB
96JB

The million dollar question for the AD in Athens is how many 7-5, 8-4 even 9-3  more seasons do you put up with. I say that not to over complicate things, because at MOST schools, that's IT and that's FINE.....And THAT'S where WE are. Even at 9-3, those 3 losses are to the teams that EVERYONE cares about. Beating and chest thumping over wins of Texas St, Chas So, Kentucky don't really get the juices flowing. But put LSU and Texas AM on the schedule and go 11-1 and now you got something. Let's hope that with 18 starters coming back and a weak SEC west schedule AND Fla & Tenn still floundering, next year shows promise. I have not seen much in the last 4 or 5 years that gives me much promise. Don't know what changes for next year? Other than the year

NCDawg
NCDawg

I am not sure what kind of impact this will have on recruiting.  Coach Lakatos didn't seem to be all that involved in the recruiting.  I just hope the "personal reasons" didn't include fans harassing him or his family.  That is not tolerable.  No matter what your view of how a coach does or does not do his job, taking it to personal attack level is just not tolerable.


I'll be very interested in the hire because no matter how you slice it, the performance of the defensive backfield next year will go a long way towards determining the whole defensive staff's future.  Results or bye bye. 

96JB
96JB

I hope the guy is Ok also, but for the life of me the defensive backfield has been a mess for years. Coaching or recruiting or both? I watched the DB's of other teams closely during Bowl season. We've got some major problems...and yes, even Bama's DB's get beat, but we play way too soft and miss a lot of tackles

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Good luck Scott, hope  you can continue your coaching career.

POAD2013
POAD2013

8-5

7-6

2-10

4-8

9-4

9-4

3-9

4-8

3-8

4-7


4 winning seasons in 10 years.............“I just feel it’s like a family thing over there because of my boys,” Fenteng said. “I like how Ole Miss is not a losing program. They win games.” 

I hope he does more and better research on the schools he is looking at than he has about Ole Miss.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Guy must not know much about Ole Miss........

Yes Grantham is going to get an ex-NFL coach to come to UGa and get all the boys ready to make it to the NFL. enough UGa kids already make it to the NFL despite poor coaching at UGa. Kid go to school where you feel comfortable and you can get a Degree that will allow you to get a JOB when/if the NFL doesn't work or doesn't last more than a cup of coffee.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

As long as the new Coach is a great Special Team Coach also this could be a blessing in disguise. 

Good luck to Lakatos in getting his personal business straighten out. I hope it was something as easy as his family doesn't like living in the South. Moving back to Connecticut would solve that. No need to speculate hopefully everything will work out. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Probably going to get another raise too!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Dawgilama- it's best not to play that game with the trolls.  They will pare it down to the last 6 years and because of the back to back crappy years in 2009 and 10 they will say they can prove a downward trend.  You can make stats show whatever you want them to.  


All the whiners and complainers will focus only on this year and not look at last year at all.  They will say that the injuries are just an excuse...blah blah blah.  It all adds up to - they will moan and groan no matter what.

Mulk
Mulk

@C-Kirk The SEC is not separating themselves from any conference when it come to defense. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL....Ole Miss isn't losing game.....what can you say. Freeze and the ole miss folks are using traps baited with the best bait in the world to recruit players.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@C-Kirk Afriad if you hold your breath on that one, you're going to turn blue and pass out.

thebucket
thebucket

@Mulk@C-Kirk Mulk you can disparage the SEC on defense all you want, but the bottom line is that the SEC lost a ton of players on the defensive side of the ball after last season and this year they were playing a lot of guys as starters that would have been back-ups in a normal year. The SEC will be back as a premier defensive league very soon. BTW, what was Tech's record against the SEC this year? Surely with their explosive offense they whipped upon some sorry SEC defense!

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