Posted: 2:13 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Recruit reaction to new UGA defensive coordinator (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

There seems to a lot of positive reaction in the recruiting world about UGA’s hiring of FSU’s Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator.

While Pruitt is new in the position of defensive coordinator (but won a national championship with his first year in the role), he arguably brings just as much to UGA with his recruiting reputation. In each of the previous two recruiting cycles, Pruitt was named National Recruiter of the Year by 247sports.com.

“He connects really well with recruits and their families, and he’s tenacious,” said 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams.

“He’s a guy who knows how to recruit at the collegiate level, and that’s something Georgia didn’t have with (former defensive coordinator) Todd Grantham – a proven recruiter.”

Here was reaction from some of UGA’s top recruiting targets:

  • From Norcross High School defensive end Lorenzo Carter (who has UGA and Florida as his co-leaders, and is scheduled to take an official visit to FSU on Jan. 24): “It’s a pretty good pickup. I heard something about it but I wasn’t expecting them to make the change as fast as they did.”
  • From M.L. King High School’s Cortez Allen, coach of cornerback Wesley Green (who has UGA and South Carolina as his co-leaders): “It’s a great hire. I would imagine that a lot of kids will be intrigued and supportive versus being upset about it. It’s a major move by Georgia.”
  • From Alabama LB commit Christian Miller of Columbia, S.C. He’s still deciding whether or not to take an official visit to UGA: “It’s a great hire for UGA. He should fit perfect.” When asked how it would affect his consideration of UGA, Miller replied, “It won’t.”

From prospects already committed to UGA:

  • Former Grayson High School cornerback Shattle Fenteng, who now plays at Hutchinson junior college: “Everything happens for a reason. I believe that’s a great pick for UGA.”
  • Marist high school defensive lineman Kendall Baker: “He’s a very good guy who did good things at FSU, and I expect the same now that he is here.”
  • Brooks County High School’s Maurice Freeman, coach of cornerback Malkom Parrish: “A lot of people think it was a home-run hire, a grand-slam, and I agree. It was a grand slam. Malkom is excited and ready to get there. He read about (Pruitt) on the Internet. Obviously, the guy has had a lot of success as an assistant coach. We pulled up where he had been the last couple of years, and he has done an outstanding job at Alabama and FSU. Malkom knows he was defensive coordinator for the national champs. (Pruitt) also has a good reputation as a recruiter, and that’s important. If UGA doesn’t lose so many kids to out-of-state teams, they really don’t have to go anywhere else to recruit. There’s a lot of the best football prospects in the country right here in the state of Georgia.”
  • Pine Forest (N.C.) High School’s Bill Sochovka, coach of defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard: “I think Lamont is more excited about (Pruitt) coming to Georgia than he was about losing (Grantham), if that makes any sense. Lamont was real impressed with FSU’s defense with how big and fast they were this year.  I would say he’s pleased with how everything turned out.”

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40 comments
Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

dawggawn.... So Saban to Texas and Smart to Georgia.  Anymore "inside" info you care to dispense?  Keep up the good work!



SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

It sounds like Will Friend was the "best" recruiter for Georgia to get Jeremy to come to Georgia.  The relationship between Will and Jeremy goes back a long way and both are class people who are willing to work.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Dawg-Gawn.....


You now come up with a totally different "source" story than last week.  No cred for you.  You already stated last week that Smart was a "done deal" for Georgia and you stated on here said your inside the program sources told you that.   Again....no cred for you or your supposed sources.  I would have had more respect for you if you simply had come on here this and posted that you and your sources were dead wrong.  But, instead, you come back on here with another story that no one believes.  Stick to the recruiting sites and reporting that information as "your source of inside information"....please.  Or just go the The Scoop website for more accurate coaching hire information. 

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

Great news. What a surprise! Richt got this one right.

This will convince some of the recruits that have been

"sitting on the fence" to commit to UGA,

Atl_Nole
Atl_Nole

I can definitely say this coach is a great coach with a great future. When he first arrived at FSU I studied everything about him and discovered he is the real deal. It sucks to lose him, however, the Noles will continue to move forward as we did this year with six new coaches. Congrats UGA, you got a up and coming star. You will soon hear talk about the process when the team speaks about accomplishing goals. It all started with Ssban and it's an excellent tool. If UGA doesn't win after acquiring thus guy, the head coach should be fired. You can only fire so many assistant coaches and not fire the head coach who hires and supervisors the assistant coaches.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Recruiting restrictions go away Wednesday and back ground check will be complete Wednesday or Thursday. The rest of this week will be interesting for  Recruits and Coaches at Georgia.

This is the most optimistic I have been in year about us having the Coaching staff to go along with great Recruits. Can't wait.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

It was a positive hire that has given us some momentum, but the other position hires are just as important , I think we still need another great recruiter ....like a Randy Shannon at LB position.... The SEC is not playing and neither should we....We need all the fire power we can, including checking into our strength and condition program.... And giving special attention to our special team. Let's GO Dawgs!!!

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

Maybe now you can say something positive about UGA.

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

Maybe now you can say something good about UGA for a change.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

Word is, 5* cornerback Marlon Humphrey out of Hoover Al will now consider setting up a visit to UGA if asked. UA and FSU were his top schools but has never visited UGA. Seemingly he built a strong relationship with Pruitt and would make the trip even this late in the game

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Now the rest of the story:

Both Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt were interested in the DC job at UGA... both coaches use Jimmy Sexton as their agent... last night Mark Richt and Kirby Smart came to agreement on a huge contract deal worth 1.6 million a year for 5 years... sort of a gentlemen's agreement... contract was drawn up... Kirby than asked that the buy-out clause be waived in case he was offered a HC job elsewhere during that period... also asked for a HCIW clause be added to the contract... Richt and McGarity said no way.

So this morning Richt sent a plane to Thomasville GA airport to pick up Pruitt and flew him to Athens and the rest is history...

See Flightware.com for the timing...

http://flightaware.com/live/findflightorigin=thomasville+Ga&destination=Kahn&Search=

This time UGA turned down a greedy Kirby Smart = well earned Karma

"BELIEVE" in the G

keendaddy
keendaddy

Whatever excuses people made for our young secondary last year, I still felt that they looked confused at times. (Actually, wayyyyyy too much! ) Even after 10-11 games, they still didn't have it together. Pruitt is just what the Doggies needed...

NCDawg
NCDawg

Looks like Pruitt doubles as a secondary coach... sweet music to my ears.  The DBs will be under the direct eye of the DC.  It's getting better and better.


NCDawg
NCDawg

I wonder if he will bring his whole staff with him from FSU?  We have as many as 7 slots left.  I think the cap is 23 this year.  7 studs can really boost a recruiting class.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Unless the recruit specifically eliminated FSU from contention because of Pruitt (doubtful) then what is there not to like? 

keendaddy
keendaddy

These last slots are for the big boys...

DawgAttack
DawgAttack

 We only have a couple of slots left for recruits this year.  I don' think he can have a huge impact in recruiting this year.

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

Best hire Richt has done since being at UGA.  I am very pleased.  They should pay him a lot of money and keep him at UGA.  


MesaDawg
MesaDawg

Has a nice coaching pedigree but not that much experience as a DC.  GA doesn't have the talent he had at FSU but think its a good hire and a boost to GA's sagging recruiting in and out of state.  Will be interesting to see how he changes things on D and what he can do w/the players GA has.  How much influence he has on other areas, i.e., ST and S&C an area GA needs to improve on.  I'm sure we'll see an improvement when compared to CTG's D.  FSU shut Clemson down whereas CTG's D was terrible.  Now we have something to look forward too.   

sportsnut
sportsnut

GTBob, that's exactly what he would say, why lie. But, then again, he could say, Do you what to be part of a 100 % turn around ?

Rick_James
Rick_James

I guess this is the position coach GT Bob predicted Georgia would hire to replace Grantham..Wrong as always.

GTBob
GTBob

It will be interesting to watch if he snatches recruits away from FSU? What a stupid tweet. Hey guys, do you mind de-committing from FSU, the defending national champions and one of the best defenses in the country to follow me to UGA who didn't even finish ranked and had a terrible defense? It will be fun, I promise.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Now, let's fill out the Recruiting class with Studs!!!

gbal
gbal

Glad its done (I hope it's done!!)

Baghead
Baghead

You studied everything about him?  You're weird.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Gawn, we all knew that there had to be a good reason that the deal between UGA and Smart, which you said had been struck in the fall, didn't exist. Imagine, mean old Kirby Smart, trying to get the best deal he could what otherwise is a lateral move. Now, he gets to watch how Mark Richt fares without him.

Yes, let's all keep believing in the G(awn), the Smartest Guy in the Room.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Dawg-Gawn 

If Kirby had been hired we would have had to worry every December if it was going to be this year that we lost Kirby to a Head Coaching job. Smart was asking too much of a guarantee without giving any in return. It told me that he really didn't care if he came back to Athens or not. If we had accommodated Smart we would have had to do this again in less than 3 years, when Pruitt would not been available. 

This way we get a Defensive Coordinator for 3 to 5 years and at half the cost. This is a great hire for UGA. 

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@Dawg-Gawn also, there are those in Alabama questioning wheather or not Smart is the right man for the job over there. Hearing some talk that there are a few hoping KS would be offered another job and he would accept for they were going to go after Pruitt hard.....Just talk though. Who knows..

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@Dawg-Gawn Not so sure about the 1.6 mil figure. I know, although Smart and Bobo are very close friends, that much money might cause a ripple effect throughout the entire UGA staff, especially with what Bobo makes.  Not so sure UGA was ready for such an effect. I could be wrong and correct me if so, but I think the NCAA has tweeked the rules about the whole HCIW thing. I believe it hinders their ability to recruit which isn't a good thing. I believe I heard that on ESPN not long ago and that the HCIW is a thing of the past.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@NCDawg yes he does. He coached DB's and was DC w/ FSU. This could open up a spot for a ST coach. Everything I've heard so far is Olivadotti is safe but maybe not so much for C Wilson. Who knows but this is an upgrade for sure!

Gandolph
Gandolph

@MesaDawg Not quite sure that UGA doesn't have the talent that FSU has.  Not quite sure that it wasn't just coaching, especially seeing the players looking to the sideline and seeming confused instead of pinning their ears back and going after the bad guys throughout the whole season.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@MesaDawg- STs will be interesting.  I pointed out in the last couple of days elsewhere that the STs really took a dump after Grantham was hired.  Because Coach Richt parcels out the ST responsibilities to the whole staff, that means one or more of the defensive staff sucked at their tasks.  The Sts were better even when Willie was DC.  I don't think that is coincidence.

GTBob
GTBob

@Rick_James My prediction for the UGA hire was that they would once again strike out on Kirby Smart. I got one right for once Rick!

Dawg350
Dawg350

This hire will help us own tech forever! But cheer up bobby u still have....well never mind! The thing of it is bob we don't need their recruits! I must say I love seeing you get all crazy on us...pretty funny! Lmao!

Atl_Nole
Atl_Nole

Generally speaking everything football. You're a duche head for thinking something like that! Get a life bro!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Gtbob, your batting average ranks right up there with Dan Uggla, lol...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Bob hasn't stopped crying since he found out Grantham was leaving, lol. Apparently, Coach Pruitt has a great scheme and can teach! The fact that he's an awesome recruiter doesn't hurt either. Bob's crying because this is good for the Dawgs...Grow up Bobby!