Posted: 3:15 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Thoughts on UGA’s new recruiting coordinator 

By Michael Carvell

Bryan McClendon (right)

Bryan McClendon (right)

After UGA went more than a year without a recruiting coordinator, Bryan McClendon was given the title on Tuesday.

McClendon, 30, has worked as UGA’s running backs coach since the 2009 season after being promoted from working as a graduate assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

Some random thoughts:

  • I must be really old because very few media reports mentioned that McClendon is the son of former UGA star running back Willie McClendon, who was 1978 SEC Player of the Year.
  • Like father, like son. Bryan is also a former UGA football player. His most famous play might have catching the game-winning touchdown pass in a 14-7 decision over Georgia Tech in 2005, or blocking a punt in the upset over LSU in the 2005 SEC Championship. But that play that sticks out to me was in 2004 — McClendon’s kickoff return to the Tennessee 2-yard line in a 19-14 upset loss. It might’ve lived in infamy if the clutch return hadn’t been wiped out due to a holding penalty by Leonard Pope. At the time, UGA was ranked No. 3, and the penalty cost the Bulldogs that game and hopes for playing for a national championship.
  • His nickname is “B-Mac.” In the few times I’ve been around McClendon, he’s not the rah-rah type of college coach who has to be the center of attention. He’s quiet but confident — and when he says something, he’s pretty direct and candid with his comments. It will be interesting to see how he handles the spotlight and fanfare (and extremely high public expectations) of being the team’s recruiting coordinator. McClendon is married with two young kids.
  • After serving two years as a graduate assistant, McClendon was promoted before the 2009 season to a full-time position on the staff as running backs coach. As part of the move, Tony Ball was shifted from the team’s running backs coach to wide receivers coach. That moved caused some brief concerns among UGA fans because they felt like McClendon was a better fit to coach wide receivers since he played there in college.
  • He was recently named 2014 National Recruiter of the Year by 247sports.com and Scout.com, and is given credit for luring 5-star running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb to UGA. McClendon is also in charge of recruiting Gwinnett County, home of the state’s most fertile recruiting grounds and a place that has been challenging for the Bulldogs in recent years. However, UGA hit the jackpot last week by signing Norcross High School defensive end Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. He also recruited Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell to UGA, among others.
  • McClendon will fill the vacancy left by Rodney Garner, who was hired away by Auburn in December 2012. The personnel move appeared to be a change of plans for Richt, who had told the AJC only a couple of months ago that he didn’t see a “need” to name a recruiting coordinator. Of course, during the same interview, Richt seemed hesitant to name a special teams coordinator. Those plans changed, too. UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting, which is a different capacity and in a non-coaching role, will remain Daryl Jones.

Here’s some more background on McClendon.

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41 comments
dawgs01
dawgs01

I just looked up ken malcome's stats from southern Illinois who if he had stayed at UGA he would have gotten at least 4 starts and been back up most of the season instead he transferred and only ran for like 472 yrds on 99 carries.  he will probably get invited to a camp and could be one of those who comes from nowhere to make a team.  I always thought his style suited the league.  RB's in the sec should not transfer bc this league is so physical unless you commit to a team with 9 4/5 star rbs in front of u on the depth chart like Kamara did.  Kamara would have gotten a lot of carries this yr if he would have came here.  I just don't know how good he is.  RBs that come from great high school teams like kamara sometimes don't live up to the hype bc in high school they played behind a great line or were in a system that allowed them to get five yrds before contact.  WHo was that back that went to Bama from Walton I think.  I never knew how good he was bc he had like three college linemen blocking for him so the holes were always huge.  Nick Chubb is coming from a team were he literally was the team and had to always make someone miss just to gain a yard.  I see Crowell being out of the NFL in two seasons maybe one.  he has no work ethic.  I watched two of his games this yr and he still takes himself out when he is tired or takes a big hit and in the final game of the yr he carried the ball twice in the first quarter and took himself out and told the coach he was done.  Unless this kid finally wakes up and realizes in the NFL everyone is good and it takes a ton of work just to make a team, he will never make it.

dawgs01
dawgs01

BMAC deserves a bump in pay with this new promotion and I am sure he is getting one.  Look at who he has brought to UGA just at the RB position.  Gurley, Marshal, Chubb, Michel, Crowel,and malcome  all those have potential to play at the next level not to mention some of the fullbacks.  Hard work has paid off for him and I think he has figured out this recruiting thing and he has done a pretty good job at teaching the young backs how to pass block which is extremely hard bc in high school they don't do it and most are never even taught how to do it.  All of a sudden your a freshmen rb in the SEC with 235-250 pound LB coming to take your head off trying to sack the qb and on top of their size they are extremely Agile too making pass blocking tough to learn.   not to mention learning who you are suppose to pick up which means learning the line signals and knowing the O line's assignments.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

RandyHall...it is really your time to have anything meaningful to say.  Randy 'fire everybody' Hall is the true definition of a one trick pony.  When your IQ gets to 50, SELL.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I think one of the reasons that Richt was hesitant to name a Recruiting Coordinator was because he has two great Recruiters and he didn't know which to chose, Bobo and McClendon. Richt realized that Bobo has his plate full as Offensive Coordinator and thus McClendon's choice as Recruiting Coordinator. 

This is well deserved and I hope Richt will pay him enough to keep him from being stolen by another School because they are will to pay McClendon what he is worth. 

The main reason I would make a special effort to keep McClendon is because he is one DGD.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

I remember his dad well. A GREAT running back

Dawg350
Dawg350

We have the best recruiter in the nation....things are looking up for the university!

Ted_Striker
Ted_Striker

Nice read, Mr. Carvell. I appreciate ya. 

greenedefense
greenedefense

Awesome job B-Mac! UGA is fortunate to have you as running back coach and recruiting coordinator. I'm sure you will make Rodney Garner look bad.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

im very happy for bryan and support him being named to the position he really has a great job uga pretty much recruts itself.  every move we have made this offseason seems to be better then the one before it and i really think we will be the favorite to win the east this season.  

my analysis shows that we are really loaded and have adressed every spot that was weak last year exept toughness.  we still need some grit and ive said over and over some navy seal training or bringing in some professional wrestlers would toughen these guys up.  there are plenty of former nwa (wcw) guys in the atlanta area and im sure they would love the chance to put uga over the hump.  goldberg? hello! arn anderson?

slydawg
slydawg

Great, exceptional recruiter. Marginal coach (one who requires players to already be great). Another Rodney Garner. Great choice for a promotion. This will be the best combination of coaches in Athens in 9 years. BooBoo has finally grown up and MAY have learned to call plays. I just hope he solves all these late offers to Top 20 players in this state. If he does, then it's all good.

HotDawg
HotDawg

We all know about Bryan and his father. Both are soft spoken gentlemen.

Willie was one of our greatest backs at UGA.

I believe he played for the Chic. Bears a few years. Herchel came along and kind of made everyone around the nation forget UGA had many other great running backs before and after.

It's been called Running Back U or Tailback U. for good reason.

Back to Bryan...I'm surprised to hear he is only 30. It just seems like he's been at UGA for 40 years already. Hope he stays for 40 more years!

GO DAWGS!

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

Al these off-season moves seem to be right on target.  I know how easy it is to get fired up about a season that is still months away, but . . . it sure looks to like things are heading in the right direction, perhaps even for an SEC Championship or more.

I know, I went and did it anyway, but it just feels so Richt, I mean Right!

BCB
BCB

BMAC is a DGD!

Shiflett
Shiflett

Coach McCLendon will be a great asset to UGA! He carries himself professionally. What a great guy who has proved to be LOYAL and patient, got his chance, and will take the Dawgs to the next level.

RandyHall
RandyHall

UGA is still reeling from the ineptness of Willie Marinez as a DC....cost UGA an upper echelon status of the SEC with his production on defense...and the ineptness of Dave VanHalenger as a S&C Coach....UGA did not produce bigger, faster,stronger until these players went to the NFL with qualified programs...and the ineptness of Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos....the communication between these Coaches and the players was too often confused....and the ineptness of Rodney Garner the last 3 years as the RC...he quit on UGA and the proof is in his actions as a recruiter for UGA and AU....THE TIME IS NOW FOR CMR TO ACT AS THE CEO OF UGA FOOTBALL...TO PLACE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT POSITIONS...HOPEFULLY THESE CHOICES ARE THE CORRECT ONES...please keep an eye on the recruiting performances and coaching of Tony Ball and Will Friend (both underperforming for the last years)!!!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Maybe he can get us some STUDS on the LOS where UGA has been lacking since Richt has been our coach.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I don't know how much McClendon is making but Richt should pay him enough to not lose him to someone else willing to pay more than Richt is paying him. Bryan deserves the Recruiting Coordinator title. He is one Dawg that knows how to close a Recruit out. With the addition of all the new Defensive Coaches , McClendon and Bobo this is probably the best group Georgia has ever had being able to Recruit. 

Don't be surprised if Georgia isn't top 3 in Recruiting for 2015. It would be great if Thompson committed this week-in. 

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

His dad was the main reason the 1978 team had the success it did.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 Is there a chance he might be the best recruiter in the world?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MoistDawg I certainly hope you have sobered up by now Moist, hows that stomach feeling.Maybe you can have a 4 horsemen reunion.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@slydawg  

You don't need to be a great Coach when you recruit Great Running Backs like Michel, Chubb , Gurley and Marshall. These studs all ready know how to run . McClendon just needs to make sure they are conditioned correctly and that they mature as they grow up. As grounded as McClendon is he will be a great roll model for any kid.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@RandyHall  

I agree with your entire summation as Richt realizes how important Recruiting is and we get better Recruiters and good enough Coaches Richt will have to deal with what Saban has to every year, his  Coaches getting promotions and big raises to go to other Schools. As we realize our gems on the Coaching staff like McClendon Richt needs to make sure that Money is not an issue so we can keep these Coaches as long as possible .

HotDawg
HotDawg

Negative, negative, negative

what a miserable way to go through life.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@RandyHall  Do you ever have anything nice to say about anyone?  If so, I must have missed that post (and, I have been reading a long time while you post the same dribble daily).

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@C-Kirk  I've been told by some UGA insiders that part of the reason for the new job title was so Richt could justify a pay raise for CBM

Dawg350
Dawg350

GT curd

Yeah according too 247 sports he is! You got any problems with that bubba?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yeah it is....ecspecially when olkahoma is playing Bama! Lmao!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk @slydawg coaching running backs is about the system you are in.  In the Dawgs case the backs are expected to be competent pass protectors.  When Chubb and Michel get in camp, the first one to get in the games will be the one that picks up the pass blocking the quickest.  On field production will skew that if it is significant enough but the first shot will go to who is getting the plays down and is able to pass protect.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@MichaelCarvell @C-Kirk Good deal.  I think Coach Richt would pay him out of his own pocket if it came down to it.  Recruiting is the lifeblood of the program and he is a top recruiter.


In case somebody missed it we have the winners of the last 4 Top Recruiter awards on our staff now.  I guess they'll have to slug it out to see who can top who...LOL

59bulldawg
59bulldawg

That makes sense and it's what I thought when I first heard it!  Well deserved!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly booger

It's your.....not you're. Lmao!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

350...for a team with the best of everything you're program has one trophy in 30 years. Why is that sport?

UGA  has the same number of NC's in 75 years as auburn and BYU and one more than UAB and Georgia State. That is a fact. Book that sport.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Thanks bob....I see you're finally seeing the light! Oh and I agree he is best in the universe!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie way to go WetWussy!  You can beat your chest for a little while longer.  I hope it makes you feel good because that is all that it really counts for.  You just go ahead and ride the Tide train a while longer.  Let me know when winning football games rises above the significance of winning a game of BINGO.  In the end there really isn't that much difference.