Trent Miles’ office is still empty three days after he was introduced as Georgia State’s new football coach.
But his calendar has been full.
Miles has spent most of the past 72 hours recruiting: from hiring four of his nine assistants, to talking to current players and selling Georgia State to high school coaches and future players. Miles planned to make his first home visit on Thursday and was practically bouncing in his chair with excitement as he discussed hitting the road to promote Georgia State.
Four of Miles’ staff members, all of whom worked with him at Indiana State, were officially introduced on Thursday: defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, offensive line coach Harold Etheridge, defensive line coach Shannon Jackson and linebackers coach P.J. Volker.
Miles said he hopes to complete the rest of the staff within the next week but declined to say who would join, citing the human resources process. He also declined to comment on reports that Jeff Jagodzinski will be the offensive coordinator. A call to Jagodzinski’s home on Wednesday hasn’t been returned.
A few members of former coach Bill Curry’s support staff will remain, including strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard.
“He does a great job and gets after guys,” Miles said. “He develops explosiveness and speed and does the things we need to do to be explosive. I like the way he handles players.”
Miles said Minter will run a 3-4 defensive system that can turn into a 4-3 because they will use a rush end who can play standing up or with his hand on the ground. He described Minter as very intelligent and with a great understanding of the scheme because it’s the same system used by his dad Rick, a longtime defensive coordinator in college. Indiana State was third in FCS in scoring defense this year, allowing 14.3 points per game.
Miles also described Minter as a terrific recruiter. He will handle a section of Atlanta and parts of Florida. Miles said most of the staff will have a section of Atlanta and then another area to handle in recruiting.
“He relates to young men,” Miles said. “He’s very thorough and detailed. He will get up and hit up every single school in his area. The kids love him. Players here are already coming to me and saying how much they like him.”
Miles described Etheridge, with more than 20 years of experience, as a “lifer” in college football and an excellent offensive line coach who stresses fundamental techniques and toughness. His offensive lines helped Indiana State averaged 158.8 rushing yards per game last year. He started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant on Curry’s staff at Kentucky.
Jackson was two-time All-American at Indiana State.
“Shannon Jackson is a players’ coach as far as relating to them, but he is hard-nosed and demanding,” Miles said. “He is a really good recruiter.”
Miles said Volker is the Jack Black of the staff, keeping them loose. Miles said Volker is also very good teaching techniques. Seven Indiana State linebackers were named all-conference in the past three seasons.
Because they have been in the same system for so long, Miles said they work well together.
“They know the plan and how to treat the players,” he said.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu