Posted: 12:55 am Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Todd Grantham trying to poach his UGA recruits (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

  • UPDATED: UGA coach Mark Richt and assistant John Lilly will spend Friday in Fayatteville, N.C., with Lamont Gaillard and his mother for an in-home visit, his coach told the AJC on Thursday night.
  • UPDATED: It appears that efforts of ex-UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to flip Lamont Gaillard to Louisville fell short. “Lamont is not interested in Louisville,” Gaillard’s high school coach told the AJC on Wednesday. “Miami is up in the air for this weekend (for an official visit), and nothing for next week.” UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had planned to make an in-home visit on Wednesday, but was advised to delay because of cold weather. Pruitt will make the trip next week, accompanied by Mark Richt.

Ex-UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is trying to poach of his former recruits with the Bulldogs.

Grantham, who has been hired as Louisville’s new defensive coordinator, is expected to make a visit on Thursday to see Lamont Gaillard, the 4-star defensive tackle from Fayetteville, N.C., who has been committed to UGA since last summer.

Gaillard is still pledged to UGA, but is checking out options after the coaching changes. He plans to take an official visit to Miami this weekend, and will likely go see Grantham at Louisville on Jan. 31.

Todd Grantham (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Todd Grantham (Curtis Compton/AJC)

“Lamont is still pretty much committed to Georgia,” Pine Forest High School coach Bill Sochovka said on Tuesday. “I think these trips are just trying to get a little bit of feel for everything because of the changes going on and having a Plan B. He’s got to have a Plan B. But he seems pretty solid to Georgia based on our conversations. Lamont talked to Coach Pruitt and told him he was still committed.”

Grantham, like most college coaches, simply pounced on an opportunity to recruit a top prospect when there’s some instability with the school he’s committed to. Ironically, it was Grantham who started the chain of UGA instability when he left the Bulldogs for another job.

“I think Coach Grantham is a familiar face for Lamont,” Sochovka said. “When everything went down at Georgia, Coach Grantham was a familiar face and he already had a connection with Lamont. I don’t know how serious he is about Louisville. He’s still committed to Georgia, but he’s feeling the waters.”

Grantham has let Gaillard, who has a gigantic “Georgia Bulldogs” tattoo across both forearms, know that he could personally develop him into an NFL prospect at Louisville.

“Coach Grantham is obviously pursing him,” Sochovka said. “He’d liked the have him. He holds Lamont in high regard and considers him to be one of the best defensive players in the nation. When this went down, I figured things like this would happen.

If you look close enough, you can see Lamont Gaillard's new ink of loyalty to the "Georgia Bulldogs" on his Under Armour All-America game football card

UGA DT commit Lamont Gaillard

“Yesterday, Texas called with an interest in Lamont, and Lamont basically told him ‘No, Texas is too far away.’ So he didn’t entertain Texas’ interest in him. It came about because the Alabama coach (Chris Rumph) that recruited him is now at Texas. (Rumph) had heard he was taking visits, and Texas wanted a chance but it was too far away.

“When Lamont got off the phone, I asked him what’s your commitment now with Georgia? He said ‘I’m about 85-percent committed to Georgia.’ But I don’t think people should fret about it.”

UGA’s new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, was planning to make an in-home visit with Gaillard on Wednesday, but was advised by Sochovka to reschedule for next week due to winter weather.

Miami met with Gaillard on Monday.

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135 comments
IdahoBravesFan
IdahoBravesFan

You guys should be a Boise St Fan.  Our former coach has just torn our recruiting class apart.  I can understand one or two going but he has flipped four so far and there could be three or so more.   We held him in high esteem for so long and thought he would depart without a lot of this but he sure has disappointed us.  People are calling him Poach Pete now.  I hate to say that but it sure looks like he has left Boise on the wrong note. 

av8rdawg
av8rdawg

Lamont seems like a level headed young man. I am sure he will see the many advantages of Georgia. No doubt he could see a lot of playing time right away; but it goes much further than that. He will get many seasons after college to play in far away cities in the NFL . Staying a little closer to home allows for the many friends, family and fans to make the 1 or 2 hour drive once in a while to see him play in person. Where ever he ends up, I hope this young man is happy, he will be a huge asset to any team, Hope he is a DAWG………. GOOOO DAWGS !

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red and Black DAWG Ignores Troll's Comments

Situations like this were to be expected when you have a coaching change this late into the recruiting season, but over all, UGA commits have stayed pretty solid in their commitments to the school. I don't think CTG is going to have a whole lot of luck, flipping many of them, if any, from UGA.  

UGA is still going to have a darn good class for 2014, and I think the defense will improve a lot under the new DC. He has barely had time to get his feet on the ground so he has been a busy guy, much the same as all of the coaches have. He already has some talent to work with on the team, and it will be interesting to see if he can teach these guys and coach them up to be a solid defensive unit. From what I have read and what little research I have done on Coach Pruitt, he seems rock solid. I think we will see a defense this year, much improved over last year.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

Hey THEBuckeye!!!!!!!!!!


Where's the KY????

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I guess I was wrong , Pruitt should move fast now to fill out the rest of his staff.GOOD

JacketMan
JacketMan

Looks like former Tech Coach Charles Kelly is being named FSU Defensive Coordinator.

BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

Recruiticus
Recruiticus

Football is one of the only sports that has a single signing period that is relatively short.  All sports should go to early and regular signing periods, and it will help ease the challenge of these guys switching late in the game.  Although the NCAA has passed an "Early Enrollee" agreement for special cases, there will be no early NLI.  Dates and info here:


NLI Dates for All Sports


Early Enrollees in NCAA

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

If Saban is so great to work for, how come so many coaches have left him?  Yes, he is  great coach and teacher but I think after a while, coaches want to move on because they get tired of his Type A personality.  Don't get me wrong, I think Saban is the best coach in College football but you want to move on.  Kirby will eventually move on - he just has not been offered the best HC job yet. 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Got to lover the headlines at the moment. dog busts and The Beav. 

Fingerbang
Fingerbang

Everyone is so serious.  Thought we could all use a good laugh. 

Guess whose 2013 schedule this was…..

Buffalo

San Diego State

California

Florida A&M

Wisconsin

Northwestern

Iowa

Penn State

Purdue

Illinois

Indiana

Michigan

Michigan State

StephenDawg
StephenDawg

Play for me if you want to suck - CTG

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

Grantham put in the time and effort.  Why wouldn't he try to reap the benefits of his work.  Any sane person would.

GongShow
GongShow

STATE OF THE UNION FOR THESE BLOGS !L@@K! Please chime in...

Folks...

1). Let's get straight this year about these blogs. People from adversaries post to these blogs and doesn't matter what school or affiliation you are with. Their intentions are to get under your skin and have you react. If you DO NOT RESPOND TO THEIR POSTS then they are talking to themselves which makes them look foolish. BUT...I know no one can resist lashing back...so there.

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grammargirl
grammargirl

As usual, the proofreading for the AJC is outstanding…

“Coach Grantham is obviously pursing him,” Sochovka said. “He’d liked the have him."

"Pursing" him? What does that mean? Buying him handbags??
"He'd like the have him."? Huh??


Nice job.


WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

This is funny. Love to see the humpers sweat. You know Foster has Auburn tats on his arms and he switched to Bama.  You never know.

kerryb
kerryb

Grantham back for UGA recruits?  So now he wants to recruit.  The UGA defensive players giving Pruitt a standing ovation the fist meeting they had with him should tell these recruits all they need to know about Grantham.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

The latest movements of the coaching staff indicate that they might be content with where the current class is, focusing more on the foundation for 2015 over the last few days.

cmac22
cmac22

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!    grantham?!!!!!!   HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHA!!!!  coach?!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Pruitt isn't worried about being able to do much with the 2014 Recruiting class , he is working on the 2015 class which will really get started after signing day when his new staff will be in place.

It is my contention that Pruitt and his future Georgia staff will be all going to Alabama after Smart get a Head Coaching job because so many on his Georgia Staff would have come from Alabama and Saban trained. 

If this plays out and Georgia's Defense improves like I think they will in 2014 McGarity needs to raise Pruitt to at least 1.5 Million and his entire staff should get 2 or 3 year Contract with top pay. Maybe Richt can convince Pruitt to stay because he won't be ready for a Head Coaching job for at least 5 more years.

Then we will see if Georgia and McGarity want to be contenders or pretenders on the National level. Every great Head Coach had great Coordinator's who kept their staff in tact for years before the Coordinator moved on. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk- those were the guys he was waiting to see what happened with.  We will see a bunch of news in the next couple of days. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

Isn't that the sole interest of anyone in the business world, to work for the best, learn, and then move up the ladder?  How many people have you seen fail after learning from a Coach Saban, Bryant, or Belichick?  Not many, if any, and that's why they are in such demand because they have that work ethic and have built up tolerance to handle the situation and rise to big game capabilities.  It's like your child, they learn under you, eventually leave your home and find their own way, same thing with why so many leave him to go to other places.  Rarily is it a lateral move, minus the Nessmeir choice, but yet one to a head coaching position or a step up.  It's not his personality, which most people that don't know the guy think, it's better opportunities, which is the goal of any motivated human being.

Georgia has gone very hard after Kirby Smart, as have many others, yet he has not left.  So that pokes holes in your story as far as so many coahces leaving laterally.  They move up.  Jim McElwain is an example of bumping up.  Nessmeir was not seeing eye to eye and it was a mutal separation, hey, it happens.  Look at Grantham.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Charlestondog- the window for Smart to move laterally is past.  He will shoot for the stars.  If UF cans Muschamp... Kirby will be all over that.  I think Smart will wait for a school with enough resources to be instantly a perennial playoff contender.  What other way can he step out of Coach Saban's shadow?

CWDawg
CWDawg

@THEBuckeye 

How pathetic!  So, you're still on here talking out your azz after your so called team lost their last 2 games?  No one here gives DAMN about OSU, just like no one in Ohio cares abut UGA.

Come clean and admit you're a GT fruit cake, and that you love it in the A gap.

12 of 13 you closet Tech fan.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Fingerbang HAHA! Almost as funny as losing to Vanderbilt and the B1G in a (toilet) Bowl. 


I am LMAO. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@SEP-AU- of course he'd try but what can he tell the kids?  Well I bolted because I figured I'd be fired next year anyway?  That's a tough sell.  LOL

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@PantherDawg Well said. Are you available for hire?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@WhiskeyBreath Who is sweating???


Only those with a 7 million dollar annual salary and a 2-game losing streak!!!!!!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawgGoneIt- well I wouldn't say content but more like they are focused on preventing any erosion.  If Grantham had bolted (or was canned) a couple of weeks earlier then it would make sense to try and put some serious effort into flipping more than a couple of guys.  Now they are in maintenance mode.  It's good class that can be even better if they get the 2 prizes left.  I think there is 1 surprise in the bag as well.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@DavidThead


David: Dawg Nation owes Petrino bigtime!!!!


If Petrino doesn't hire CTG this could have been a disastrous approach to signing day!!!!!!!


It remains to be seen but it appears likely the acquisition of Pruitt was a really good move. Time will tell!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@C-Kirk

Are we to assume Jimbo is not on your "Great Head Coach" list??? He only had Pruitt for one year!!!!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk- Coach Pruitt will do what he can to grab Carter and Green and maybe another couple just because it's his job and he would like to have that talent available.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk- I think Pruitt is good for the entire length of his contract.  I think he wants prove he can build a winning defense and out do Bama in recruiting.  Armed with the on his resume he will have his pick of jobs as a HC.


But it all starts with winning with defense.  The rest is just a bunch of yapping unless that happens.

kerryb
kerryb

@C-Kirk I doubt that. Pruitt said in his interview that he is getting married and wanted to start a family in Athens.  He also said that he always wanted to work for CMR.  Doubt he goes back to Saban.  Been there done that..

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@CWDawg@THEBuckeye


Easy there Dawg!!!


THEBuckeyes 1 had almost  coaxed THEBuckeye out of the closet so give them a little while!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye@Fingerbang


Go ahead and laugh your azz off but since you are 100% azz it could be hazardous to your health.


Hey THEBuckeye!!!


Where's the KY?????

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky..

Ohio= overrated!!

GongShow
GongShow

@THEBuckeye @PantherDawg 


Not the Commish just trying to keep the blogs fun and entertaining. It get's whacked here and not enjoyable sometimes...just want to keep it on topic. I enjoy your posts...it keeps the blood curdling! I am a Big Ten kid, I originally was going to Michigan State but my buds down here talked me in to UGA, after 3 years I transferred to GSU (my Dad had Lou Gehrig's Disease and I wanted to help my Mom out with him here in town) thus the PantherDawg Avatar...Keep on posting and enjoy the comments my Brothers!!!