Posted: 1:15 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014

5 things to know about UGA’s Director of Player Personnel, Ronnie Letson 

By Michael Carvell

Ronnie Letson, UGA's new director of player personnel (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Ronnie Letson, UGA’s new director of player personnel (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Ronnie Letson was recently hired as UGA’s Director of Player Personnel.

Among other duties, Letson will help operate UGA’s “Dawg Night” camp on Friday. It’s the biggest recruiting event of the year for the Bulldogs.

Here are five things to know about Letson:

  1. Local ties: Letson has Atlanta connections, as he played wide receiver for Norcross High School in 1995. One of his high school teammates was Jeff Backus, who later played at Michigan and for 12 seasons with NFL’s Detroit Lions. Letson joined Ole Miss as a walk-on and was rewarded with a football scholarship for his last three seasons. Letson, 37, is married with two children.
  2. UGA connections: His closest friend on UGA’s staff is Mike Bobo. “Mike and I coached together at Jacksonville State for a year (for the 2000 season),” Letson said. “Bobo and I have known each other since we were both in college. Jon England was my quarterback in high school, and he was a (backup) quarterback at UGA and that’s how I first got to know Mike.” Letson also was friends or acquaintances with most of the UGA’s staff prior to his hiring.
  3. Alabama knowledge: The thing that sticks out the most on Letson’s resume is that he worked at Alabama last season as an offensive analyst. He arrived at Alabama after Jeremy Pruitt had left for FSU but the two have known each other for years. “When I was at Jacksonville State, (Pruitt) was the defensive coordinator at Hoover (high school) and I recruited his school,” Letson said. “And he was kind of my connection at the school, so I would go talk to him about the recruits. That’s where we first developed the relationship. His brother played for us at Jacksonville State, and was a GA for me at Jacksonville State … I’ve just known him for a long time. He’s a great football coach and great football recruiter.”
  4. UGA appeal: What made Letson interested in the UGA position? “There’s not a better place, in my opinion. Growing up in Georgia, the tradition of the University of Georgia and the success that Coach Rich has had here is impressive. If somebody asked me why would I want this job, I would say why wouldn’t I want this job? I think it’s an unbelievable opportunity.”
  5. Job duties: How exactly are Letson’s job duties different from his predecessor, Daryl Jones, who held the title of Director of On-Campus Recruiting. Richt said the new role would be a little different, but it’s still being figured out. “There’s a lot of details, but the ultimate thing is to make sure that we’re on top of every prospect in 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes,” Letson said. “We always want to be ahead of the class, and make sure we’re not playing catch up. We always want to be ahead in recruiting. That’s the main thing. But there’s a lot of other things tied into it. The main thing is making sure we’re organized and we turn over every rock to find every player possible – of course, starting in the state of Georgia first.”

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14 comments
TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

Jon England.?? Good get Bobo.


If this guy's a friend of Booboo's, you can forget any semblance of a dual threat QB coming your way. Just the way y'all like it. GOOOO DAWGS! 35 years


Bobo and Friend are absolutely killing you. What a couple of hayseeds.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Ronnie Letson and family.... now get with your Assistant Director of Player Personnel Sam Petitto a.k.a. the Dawg_Catcher and snare UGA a few more G-Dawgs for the Fam15 and Squad16 classes...

A UGA commit watch has been issued for Dawg Daze and Dawg Night... where all Dawgs of the World will Unite...

Some names to watch...

4* DL Albert Huggins, 4* DB Donte Jackson, 4* OT Patrick Allen, 2016 5*QB Jacob Eason and 2016 5* OT Ben Cleveland... UGA should have answers about the flipping drama of Jonathan Ledbetter and Cole Minshew

Friday night stay overs:

WR Michael Chigbu

DE Chauncey Rivers (committed to the G)

DT Jonathan Ledbetter

DB Donte Jackson

WR/DB Darius Slayton

QB (2016) Jacob Eason (visited Tuscaloosa 1st of the week and currently in Tallahassee)

OT (2016) Ben Cleveland

"BELIEVE" in the G

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Sounds like a little TQM just got inside the UGA recruiting business model.... 


Go Dawgs!

BCB
BCB

Great hire. GO DAWGS!

96JB
96JB

Wonder if he could talk a premium offensive lineman or two into attending UGA?

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

To succeed in a job like this, you better have a big motor and never turn it off.  I wish Ronnie good luck and great recruiting for the Dawgs.

HotDawg
HotDawg

The demographics sure have changed at Norcross since '95.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Another absolutely, moronic comment by a typical Bamard.

How's your buddy and #1 poster boy, Bama fan, Harvey Updyke doing?

RandyHall
RandyHall

@Dawg-Gawn  Great report....need at least 4 commits this weekend...One in the bag already...the DB out of MIA!! 

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@96JB UGA's problem this year will be turning away premium offensive lineman, not in getting them to sign.  

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@HotDawg 

@HotDawg

This is what changed the demographics of the city of Norross

The new city of Peachtree Corners (my home) Incorporated July 1, 2012... the city contains the entirety of Zip Code 30092 and is the largest city in Gwinnett County... at one time zip code 30092 was a part of Norcross... H.S. age kids in Peachtee Corners still attend Norcross H.S.

"BELIEVE" in the G

96JB
96JB

@HotDawg They have, but Norcross AND Tucker put out a lot of great football players. Yes, those schools are mostly black now, but they are middle class. Good folks and great football players.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@FireSomebody @96JB For 2015?  Are they going to be out of state commits?  All the projected big time OL talent in-state is going out of state.