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UGA’s Mark Richt on hiring a new recruiting coordinator

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Daryl Jones, UGA's Director of On-Campus Recruiting (AJC/Curtis Compton)

Daryl Jones, UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting (AJC/Curtis Compton)

UGA still has to make some coaching hires to fill out its defensive staff.

But Mark Richt has no plans to fill the longtime vacancy of recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs.

Nobody on UGA’s staff has held the title in more than a year – since Rodney Garner was hired away by Auburn last December after 12 years in that role for the Bulldogs.

“No, I don’t think we need to do that (to name a recruiting coordinator),” Richt told the AJC recently.

“It’s just like people want you to name a special teams coordinator. I think it’s like 89 teams that have a special teams coordinator. He coaches another position and he doesn’t coach all the special teams. He does what Coach Lilly does for us right now, he just doesn’t have a title that says special teams coordinator. He coordinates the times the guys meet, and the times that guys are on the practice field.

“But it’s a matter of semantics sometimes. Sometimes, it may be just to give a guy a title. I don’t know. But I think it’s too big of a job. You know, some guy might be able to delegate, but you can be just as organized or more organized (without one in title).”

Of course, things are always subject to change in the ever-evolving world of recruiting but Richt has no immediate plans to name an assistant as the team’s recruiting coordinator. When Garner was UGA’s recruiting coordinator, along with defensive line coach, it was more of a job title than actual job duties.

At UGA, each assistant is the recruiting coordinator for the territory or area that he recruits. The Bulldogs do have a full-time recruiting staff, led by Daryl Jones. His official title is UGA’s Director of On-Campus recruiting. Jones is a former high school coach who helps with planning and organization.

Richt explained the role of Jones:

“It’s just a lot of organizational things, “ he said. “They have a lot of things to do with compliance, such as logging phone calls and making sure we’re not doing more than we should in that area.

“Like even when we hit this dead period, we’ve got certain guys we wanted to call but we had to log the calls again. When it’s a contact period, we’ve got unlimited calls. In the dead period, it’s once per week. We had to organize when I called which guy …  I’m only allowed one (in-person) contact. If I’m at a game with this kid, later on I can’t go to his house because of NCAA rules. So there’s a lot of that kind of stuff that you have to keep straight. So any of those kids now, if I want to go into their house later, I can’t do it. Sometimes, you don’t even think about it, then a month later you’re going back in a guy and you want to go into the house but you blew it by seeing him somewhere else earlier.

“There’s a lot of that going on, along with planning for when kids come on campus for official or unofficial visits. That all gets planned out. An unofficial visit will get planned out as meticulously as an official visit because it’s still an important time that we have someone in our home that we want to take care of. So there’s a lot of that going on. That’s some of the things that Daryl does and keeps straight.

“There’s just a bunch of little things like that happening all the time – organization of Junior Days. When you say one of your position coaches is your recruiting coordinator, it’s really too much for that one guy to do. He can’t coach his position, have all that responsibility for that position, and be on the road recruiting and be the only guy.

“And even when Rodney had the title, he obviously had a lot of help. So now I don’t feel the need to say this guy is the recruiting coordinator on staff because I want everybody to be a recruiter. I want everybody to be a worker. I want everybody to have a plan for their position and for their area of responsibility. And Daryl and this staff with Daryl, they keep everybody organized.”

NOTES: Another Georgia sleeper prospect is Kiante Walton, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Carver-Columbus High School who is committed to Appalachian State. Walton has gotten recent offers from Vanderbilt, Missouri, Kansas State, BYU and Georgia State because of his new film you can see HERE. Walton’s dream is to “play for UGA,” according to his coach … 2015 Sprayberry High School offensive lineman Bailey Sharpe got seven offers in less than 24 hours, including Clemson, South Carolina, Duke and Virginia.

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