Posted: 11:59 pm Sunday, March 30th, 2014

How does new UGA recruiting coordinator feel about 2015 start? 

By Michael Carvell

How does new UGA recruiting coordinator Bryan McClendon feel about the start of the Bulldogs’ 2015 football recruiting class?

UGA has six commitments so far, including 5-star wide receiver Terry Godwin of Callaway High School. The Bulldogs have the nation’s No. 11 overall class via 247sports, and they’re at No. 9 with Scout.com.

“It’s good so far,” McClendon told the AJC. “I do feel like the start of what we’re doing is good. But we’ve just got to keep going forward. It’s still so early, and you know how crazy recruiting can get.

Bryan McClendon (right) with Keith Marshall (AJC)

Bryan McClendon (right) with Keith Marshall (AJC)

“Now we don’t think anything is up with those guys (our current commitments), but just recruiting in general has gotten crazy. It’s so early but we’re very pleased with what we’ve got right now. All of us just have to keep working in building this class.”

McClendon will be satisfied next February with UGA’s 2015 class if?

“If we do a good job of continuing to build the class,” he said. “We’ve got make sure we’re continuing to meet our needs, and bringing in not so much the right type of players but the right type of people. It’s hard to be good with the wrong type of people. We’ve got to make sure that everybody coming in here is like-minded and ready to go.”

One of McClendon’s biggest selling points to this year’s elite recruits is playing time. The Bulldogs have a group of seniors getting NFL looks, while juniors such as Todd Gurley, Jordan Jenkins and Keith Marshall could also leave early.

“If you look at this class that we’re going to sign next February, just with the possibilities of guys that could leave early, as well as those seniors — there is going to be a lot of opportunity at the University of Georgia,” McClendon said. “This last recruiting class was important but this one is important, too, because we’re going to have to make sure those guys are capable of coming in and playing early.”

McClendon, 30, has worked as UGA’s running backs coach since 2009, and was awarded the additional title of Recruiting Coordinator last month. The job had been vacant for 14 months since Rodney Garner was hired away by Auburn.

“One thing that made me want the job was obviously it being offered to me,” McClendon said. “That had a lot to do with it. But I also just wanted to do whatever I could to help. That goes along with being part of this program for a long time, and I do think we’re all in this together up here. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help. When it was offered to me, I took it and I want to make sure I’m doing a good job and upholding my end of the bargain, just like I would if I was playing wide receiver or running back or anything else on the football team.”

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81 comments
Dawg350
Dawg350

We just offered trey willis and he will be here in the summer! Halejullah!!!

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

UGA has THREE guys who have been dubbed "Recruiter if the Year" nationally (Bobo, Mclendon, Pruitt). As usual, recruiting isn't the problem.

I think an argument can be made that, over the past 12 years, Georgia is the most talented team in the country not to appear in the National Championship Game. Outside the SEC, Texas has, USC has. Ohio State and Florida St and Oregon. Notre Dame, Oklahoma...

Who is more talented than Uga since 02 and hasn't even played in the game?

Seriously, think about it

keendaddy
keendaddy

I know that I won't miss Ol Rodknee What'shisname. Water under the bridge. Now, if we can just keep enough players unsuspended to play a game, we'll be okay...

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

Auburn has great teams once every 5 or 6 years, then they are horrible for 4 years in a row. Boom or bust.

OldFan
OldFan

Yep......we are glad to have Coach Garner back in Auburn.  Just keep losing to Vandy and keep blaming it on Garner, folks....LMAO.

WDE
WDE

I think we have the right guy in this position he is and has always been a damn good Dawg. I know several former players that  Rodney Garner coached and they to a man thought very highly of him...so I'd just as soon thank him for his service and wish him....middling success at the Barn and move on.   Go Dogs !

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

RedandBlackDawg.....you may be correct that his heart was elsewhere.  But to call him not loyal is a major leap, I for one, just can't make, without proof.  That is a call for the HC and AD based on facts not emotions.  I would just rather wish him well and thank the Dawg God's he is no longer at UGA.  We are in real good shape right now and lets do something with this momentum.

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

Pretty simple here. UGA has not kept the best players in state the past few years.


With the '15 class, you focus on Chuma Edoga, Kaleb Kim, Terry Godwin, Roquan Smith, and Trenton Thompson. IMO those are the 5 biggest in-state "gets" that UGA needs (We don't need Taj Griffin).  If McClendon gets 3 of those 5 guys, it will be a successful recruiting year. If 3 of those guys go elsewhere, it will be business as usual for UGA recruiting.  

RandyHall
RandyHall

Quackmeyer....Garner was Pinnochio on the Geico commercial...his nose was getting bigger than his butt!!!  

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

NCDawg......It might be true that Garner was not doing the greatest job there at the end but I would never suggest he or any other coach was not loyal to the program while still drawing a check.  Taking that stance as a fan crosses the line I believe.  It better not take any coach, any time at all to discard all previous loyalties.  Once you sign that contract and cash that first check, you are now a Cougar, Owl, Lion or Tiger, etc.  If not, you might as well be a used car salesman, financial planner, motivational speaker or other bottom feeder occupations.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bobo is greatest OC in the nation! I can't wait for the product UGA puts on the field! We are going to be great and wonderful! Hell yeah!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Looks like our Head Coach in waiting (Pruitt) has really shaken some things up in Athens. Something that needed to be done for a long while. Cant wait for the spring game. The biggest question mark is gonna be our offense. Weve seen shades of greatness only to see Boo Boo revert back to vanilla play calling or poor execution from our players.

keendaddy
keendaddy

@M.C.

Who's the next Great QB eyeing UGA as a recruit? Nationally? We have such a fantastic stable of RB's here already, it should be easy peasy to recruit the next Fran Tarkenton. I don't believe recruits are afraid of Brice, and won't sign here. Also, it may be time for a scrambler as a QB at Georgia!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Let me know when buckeyes can beat a top ten team?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dawg350  

What's all this "Halejullah" stuff?

Oh well, it's a big step up from "Book it!"--that's for sure.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@keendaddy  things are looking up K-Daddy...we'll have the number 1 offense in the country...the number 1 defense in the country...the number 1 recruiting class in the country...and win the next 4 Natty's in a row...the sky is the limit...go dogs

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The barn had another recruit arrested last night for dope and trying to elude the police. Jason Smith a QB now at a Juco in Mississippi. The crop facility had a ruff weekend. The arrrest of the recruit,the AD complex is 875k in the red, and 3 barn students stole Bo and Scam's jocks and other items from the lockers in the stadium complex.

Stay classy FAU.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@michaeltheamerican  

That's because they win at any cost. Right now they have I think 12 JUCO players. How would that make you feel if you had paid your dues for 4 years, learned the system really good , was as good as the JUCO players they brought in but because you only had 1 year left and the JUCO player had 2 or 3 and was promised a starting position, you get to sit the bench your Senior or last year.

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

@OldFan   Richt is 8-6 against Auburn. You can take that stat and shove it up your redneck behind.

WDE
WDE

@OldFan   seems to me you'd be more concerned in your 6 losses in the last 8 games vs UGA than our record vs Vandy..face it Auburn is our new Vandy.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Quackmeyer Once he left Garner should of course ple3dge loyalty to his new team. Garner's problem, is he was still at UGA and no longer wished to be and didn't do his job. The last two years have been especially telling and supporting that fact. I am glad that somebody else was responsible for recruiting the RB's during that time.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Quack Meyer

You're right....garner didn't even recruit several guys while at UGA...then when he went too auburn well he signed them.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Bubbatavious bubba, Bobo has not been your problem lately, CJP on the stage now. Got to wait and see.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@keendaddy

I'm not MC but it looks as UGA may skip a QB in the 2015 class to get some separation between the players at the QB position.... On March 23rd 2016 Dual Treat QB Feleipe Franks 6' 5" 205 lbs Crawfordville FL (Walkulla) visited Athens and came away with a scholarship offer from UGA... Franks trending LSU, UGA, FSU, FL & Bama... Also look for 2016 Pro Style QB Logan Byrd 6' 2" 215 lbs Kathleen GA (Veterans) to get some attenion from UGA. The state of Florida is very talented wth QB's in 2016 class.

OT Chuma Edoga is feeding the media a Reuben (Foster) sandwich... #1 DT Trenton Thompson is recruiting hard for the UGA...

WR Tre Willis Griffin GA (Griffin) picked up an offer (2015) from UGA today... Willis could not qualify for the 2014 class and has taken the JUCO route to Athens.

Anything can and will change when it comes to recruiting!

"BELIEVE" in the G

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

@keendaddy They should be. Brice is the QB in waiting and will be a 3yr starter beginning Fall of 2015. Any high school QB who thinks he can come in and beat out Brice hasn't seen the kid throw the ball in person. Only time will tell if he's a winner or not, but he's going to be our guy in 2 years.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg nole

Well I'm fired up about the season. I feel like we are finally turning the corner.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dewn sav

Now you're talking! I've felt the same way since we hire Pruitt. We are well on our way too greatness! Mark it down! Hallelujah!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Dewnsav,

Yepper! Eventually....

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I forgot that during Gus pace drill on Saturday one of his DL passed out and had to be taken to the hospital...OH the Irony.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@C-Kirk @michaeltheamerican   JAN KEMP and what did UGa do before she TOLD THE TRUTH? 1 NC and now? Well it isn't like UGa isn't still getting 1/2 educated players the DOGS just are not winning what matters with them.

WDE
WDE

@michaeltheamerican @WDE  I think a lot of folks close to the program would disagree but that's just my 2 cents. I think while he was a Dog he was a DGD...now however he is a Tigger..Warchicken or whatever that bunch is going by today.

keendaddy
keendaddy

@ Dawg Gawn,

You're like money in the bank bro, can always count on you. Thanks for all you do for the Dawg fans who are starving for real information. You sir, are a DGD!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Not the answer I was looking for and it will be a mistake not to pursue more elite QB's...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dawg350  

Hey, a pessimist you are NOT! Just hope your eternal Dawg optimism is rewarded in my lifetime.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg nole.

You got me pegged! Yeah I've always felt this way.lol

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dawg350  

Oh, you felt the same way BEFORE we hired Pruitt. Just admit it.

To.

;-)

Dawg350
Dawg350

Keen daddy

I'm glad you're doing well. Yeah I've been going after those trolls pretty hard lately been winning a few battles! Lol.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Dawg350,

Fine, thank you. Just keeping my head down and checking in every now and then to see if I'm missing anything. I see you're keeping the trolls honest, lol. Good luck with that!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Keen daddy

How have you been doing?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Not drinking tonight, lol...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Funny thing about sarcasm, it can be used like a rapier, or dropped like a bowling ball, lol...

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@keendaddy Keen, whats the problem with your buddy dewnsav? he gets all over me like a cheap suit. I dont remember wronging him, but my memory sux bad. You know 60s and 70s.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@keendaddy  oh come on K-Daddy, give 'em what they want...throw 'em some red meat...raise the 2014 banner...we're gonna win the NC the entire decade...we won't lose a game for 6-8 years...Mark Richt for President...go dogs