– Interesting that Mark Richt’s two hires so far for his defensive staff –- Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos – are people he had never met before the process began.
– In fact, he didn’t meet Lakatos –- a good friend of Grantham’s -– until this past weekend.
– Grantham isn’t the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football, but he’s the highest paid who isn’t the head coach’s father (Monte Kiffin) or the head-coach-in-waiting (Will Muschamp).
– Hiring Grantham, who has been in the NFL for the past 11 years, and Lakatos, who has spent his entire career in the Northeast, certainly affirmed a desire for new sets of eyes and ideas.
– Lakatos on the adjustment to a new recruiting territory: “I’m from the Northeast, and the jobs I’ve had have been pretty much in [that] region, but the jobs . . . have had a lot of exposure to different communities. I’ve recruited in Florida, Louisiana; I’ve been in California, junior colleges, Kansas, Oklahoma. . . . From an adjustment standpoint, I look at it like recruiting is all about communication and hard work and . . . getting in contact and being able to talk about your program and what you have to offer. Where I’m from vs. who I’m talking to –- when you present the opportunities you can gain by going to a school like Georgia, I think [past experiences and geography] are less important. It’s more important that I can help prospective athletes make decisions.”
– Lakatos plans to arrive in Georgia by Wednesday evening and be on the road recruiting Thursday.
– It’s still unclear how Richt will define the duties of the coach he hires for the one remaining opening on Georgia’s staff, or how he’ll handle the special-teams coaching duties. Lakatos was asked Monday if he knows, based on his talks with Richt, what special teams he’ll be coaching, if any. “That’s stuff he’s kind of still working through,” Lakatos said, “and has a number of different options he could go. . . . . We didn’t get into any specifics about that.”
– Spring practice is going to be unusually interesting -– the quarterback competition, the defensive makeover to the 3-4, the new coaches, position changes.
– And if you missed it, there will be 25 players from SEC schools playing in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30, including two from Georgia: defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens. Alabama has the largest representation (five players), followed by LSU (4) and Ole Miss (3).
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