Steve Pardue is one of the better-known college football scouts in Georgia — less than two months after being hired by Kentucky.
Pardue is easily recognizable in the state’s inner circle of high school coaches because he was part of it for so long.
Pardue resigned in November after 17 years as LaGrange High’s coach. After unexpectedly landing his first college job as an SEC assistant a month later, Pardue got another surprise when he started to travel across the state to recruit players for Kentucky.
“I was thinking about that the other day,” Pardue said with a laugh. “I’ve been to about 25-30 high schools in Georgia [during the recent recruiting period] and the funny thing is that I have yet to meet a new coach. Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve known the head coach.
“And I didn’t pick the schools, Kentucky’s