Posted: 11:40 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Mark Richt on why time was right for new UGA recruiting coordinator 

By Michael Carvell

Bryan McClendon (right) with Keith Marshall (AJC)

Bryan McClendon (right) with Keith Marshall (AJC)

After UGA went more than a year without a Recruiting Coordinator, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt appointed Bryan McClendon to the football position last week.

McClendon, 30, is the son of former UGA running back Willie McClendon and played wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 2002-2005. The younger McClendon has been a UGA assistant (in charge of running backs) since 2009 and will remain in that position, along with taking on his new duties.

UGA had been without a Recruiting Coordinator since December 2012, when Rodney Garner was hired way by Auburn.

In an interview with the AJC, Mark Richt explained his reasons for filling the spot:

“I just think after the new staff member came in, I thought long and hard about how we could realign a lot of things – special teams and how could best improve in that area. And also I felt like it was time to name a Recruiting Coordinator from somebody on the staff

“I think when one of the soldiers is the recruiting coordinator and kind of the voice to the other coaches, I think it’s healthy and it’s good. I think Daryl, his group and everybody on the staff has done a great job. But I think it’s nice to hear from a guy who has been out of the field, pounding the pavement, and understanding what it takes.

“So when there’s some things we need to be doing as a staff on a daily basis, weekly basis or yearly basis, it comes better from a guy within the ranks. Of course, Bryan is a very successful recruiter, too. And he obviously has passion for it.

“He is energizing us. I think immediately everybody has felt an impact in a positive way.”

The rest of UGA’s recruiting staff remains the same: Daryl Jones is the Director of On-Campus Recruiting, while Ben Brandenburg is a top recruiting assistant. Connie Connelly serves as Recruiting Program Coordinator.

The job duties of Recruiting Coordinator have changed radically over the last few years, as recruiting has intensified and turned into an around-the-clock effort. Even though McClendon has the title, he will helped by staff.

What are Richt’s expectations for McClendon in the new role?

“The good thing is that (McClendon) has the infrastructure that we have in Daryl, Connie and Ben, and all the people that do so many things with administration and organization with things like on-campus visits. A lot of the details have to be hashed out. The guy who is heading it up, if he has to be in every single one of those little meetings, and we still expect him to go on the road and recruit, and we still expect him to coach his position, and we still expect him to be a father and husband – it’s too much, you know.

“We have got a better infrastructure that allows Brian to focus on the things that he does best – and that’s recruit, and help other guys understand what it takes to recruit well.”

UGA has five commitments for its 2015 recruiting class.

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75 comments
Dawg350
Dawg350

Another great day to be a fan of the G! I hope we will get some commits today! The future. Is bright for Richt And the players!

NCDawg
NCDawg

Being the fan of a team that wins more football games than the fans of another football team does not in any way infer a higher football IQ.  Bammers do not get to be smarter football fans simply because you've won some National Championships lately.


I guess you were just plain dumbasses in the years between Stallings and Saban then, right?  Yeah, I thought so.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will lead the sec in sacks this year and turnovers baby! Pruitt is true G baby! Book it!

dawgman912
dawgman912

I called this move two years ago....The guy can recruit, glad he got the job and the money.....A lot better than biscuit was at it i can tell you that, glad he is gone....

NCDawg
NCDawg

I can't wait for spring practice so we can get some quotes from our players about how Coach Pruitt is turning their world upside down and how that is a good thing.  Expect phrases like "teaching us", "I'm getting it much faster", "I'm less confused"...

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

This obviously explains why Coach Richt is so "successful" in Athens. He stays out there on the cutting edge.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350,


Curious, just how much money do you contribute to your beloved dogs? 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Mike needs to pen another article hating on Nick Saban or Bama so we can get some hits. Maybe something on the off the field positions hires ole Nick has made on the past couple of weeks. Nothing like a good Nick Saban is cheating because he has more staff than errrrrbody else.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Mike Ekeler is going to be our best special teams coach ever.....just listening to his interviews...the man knows football.....this feels like a dream..,please don't pinch me and wake me up...cause I'm living the dream right now and in august it will be a reality!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Nobody is going to stop ray drew this year....the pastor of disaster! People forget about big John Taylor as well the strongest player on the team! Dawgs will win the east this year...book it!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs gonna rule the world! Mitchell will be back baby!

Dawg350
Dawg350

The take over is about to begin. Pruitt is going to bring back the junk yard dawgs...this defense will be nasty this year.....our defense will give mason time to get comfortable with starting the whole season.

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@NCDawg Yes, those things will happen during spring practice...unless it rains in Athens.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

all those rocket scientist that UGA recruits should have no problem understanding a complex defense. Maybe Jeremy Pruitt can get some new crayons for his new scheme.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@NCDawg  I expect a ton of "I'm less confused" You're spot on, n c dog, as usual.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@SkokieDog venturing out of the Junkyard Blawg are we Skokie?  Can't get enough of running down the program your name seems to indicate you support?  LOL!


Troll alert.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

None of your business!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Mitchell might talk back to Richt but he better skip that mouth closed when Pruitt calls him out over a penalty.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@Dawg350  Time will prove to you, 350, that Pruitt is not the second coming. Book that. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly booger

Let me guess your favorite kind of music is those guys that sing story songs. Well I lobster but I flounder! Lmao! Haha! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly

Least we know how to brush are teeth in georgia

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly booger

Your screen name make me think that you work at a bar and you are the head man over karaoke and you spend your nights drinking crown and coke. You wear a hounds tooth hat. You only one shirt with the tide on it and a dirty pair of jeans.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie the only drill to finish WetWussy is the one that bored a hole in your skull when you chose to try to defend Coach Saban's ham-handed attempt to avoid having to adapt.  Did you enjoy the thorough butt kicking you received on that blog?  You shut up as soon I came aboard.


Next!

Dawg350
Dawg350

That doesn't make any sense. You're all pretend buckeye but actually a true yellow jacket troll fan!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Excellent observation Willie. I hope Mitchell  gets his head right because he is a real talent Too bad his ill-fated celebration cost him a full year's eligibility.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillieWetWussy you are a fool.  Did you even read Mitchell's response to that incident?  I know you didn't.  Well I'll help you out... and I quote "I thought I'd never play again".  Coach Richt said something when he grabbed his arm and Malcolm knew he was in deep sh!t.  No yelling required.  That is  real authority. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly

Mitchell gonna burn y'all in the seccg....that's if y'all make it! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Time will keep on proving that the buckeyes can't beat a top ten team....seven years and growing! Lmao!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

willy saying something about a yearly banner...book it...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly booga

Looks like the saban rule won't be passed! Lmao! Bama is yesterday's news!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Booger boy

Heh I knew you worked in a bar...you're head of karaoke aren't you....you Alabama Greece neck! The tide sucks.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Snagglepuss @Delusionaldog@NCDawg@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Too damned funny!  LMFAO!  Bammers will never get it.  They worship football and since their lives are so miserable otherwise they have to hitch a ride on the success of the football team to feel "manly".  It must suck to live in Bama when the Tide is down and the Turkey Buzzards are grounded.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Delusionaldog @NCDawg@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Fact is N C Dawg had just as much to do with Sabie's (aka the 8th dwarf) success as you two did but if it helps y'all.  get your jollies off have at it.


I too had just as much to do with Saban's success as you two did!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie typical.  You gloating Bammers all fall back on that.  I'm debating you  UGA vs Bama football.  I am calling you out for what you Bammers think is your God given right and isn't.


You are not smarter football fans and you are not better people.  That is what you statements always come to.

You were the kid that relied on  "well my Dad is such and such" or "my Dad can beat up your Dad".  Guess what WetWussy, neither of those statements says a single thing about you other than I can't stand on my own merit.


Winning football games is all well and good but you and the rest of the Bama fan base need to understand that in the larger scheme of things it doesn't mean squat.


Get back to me when you can stand on you own merit and stop hiding behind the exploits of some 18-22 year old young men on a football field.


Sport.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@NCdawg...debating you regarding Bama vs UGA football is equal to beating a one legged blind man in a 100 yard dash. Call me when you beat Vandy.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

I don't like you at all.....I wouldn't even tell you that the sky is blue..,,so why you think I would tell you how much money I donate to UGA....I do donate! Why don't you get lost troll boy!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Well you're a buck eye fan so I thought I would insult your school! Lmao!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@Dawg350  Um,  the topic is dog recruiting. What does Ohio State have to do with anything?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whiskey

Who cares.....the bear doesn't! Lmao!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...The Bama 2014 NC banner will not be printed in 2014. It's OVAH for Bama and NIck is going into the car business. It was fun just as the days of Coach Bryant.

I wish you Dawg fans had experienced great years...........just kidding

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly

Who cares....auburn and Bama suck now!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly booger

I'm not worried about auburn or the rules....we have beaten auburn 6 of the last 8 against them and we have them in Athens this year! So ha!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg byte

This is who I am and I won't repeat it again! I love the dawgs and I only see great things ahead! Would you rather be be like those crazy posters on the bill blogs....dawg fan and bulldawg 35????? I don't think so!

DawgByte
DawgByte

@thebucket @Dawg350  the bucket has it right. Last season taught many of us a healthy lesson. Blindly drinking the Kool-Aid is not wise.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Pup350...what is sad is the rule will be very helpful to UGA and Bama but you're so into hating Nick you just can't get past that. If not this year then next year the defense is going to be granted a level playing field on subs. If you never read Chip Kelly's and Gus Bus books you might since they both intend to work the officials just as hard as the defense. Imagine that. The NFL told Kelly to sitdown and shutup. Gus has OL downfield blocking on every pass since he says the officials will not call it if you keep it close. You will come around in the end once you look at facts for hate for Nick.

Dawg350
Dawg350

The bucket

This just how I feel about UGA....I'm bulldawg blind and I will not apologize for being optimistic! I don't want to take a strike at a fellow bulldawg fan...but if you don't like my post don't read them.

thebucket
thebucket

@Dawg350 Come on Dawg350. There are reasons to be optimistic about UGA and I am certainly excited about the upcoming season, but let's wait until the Dawgs actually win something before we start being as obnoxious as some of the UGA haters are.