You guys know I don’t follow recruiting all that closely – I know, a weird admission on my part on a day when all my posts touch on the subject – but I have to admit there’s a recruiting topic I will be tracking for a while. Here’s a bit from Mark Ennis, a Louisville blogging guru, about a certain new member of Bobby Petrino’s staff:
SI: The Grantham move was a head-scratcher at first, if only because of how much Georgia struggled defensively last season. A million dollars for an assistant most Bulldogs fans wanted out anyway? What’s the rationale there? Pay more to draw away a respected SEC coordinator?
ME: Well, in his introductory press conference, Petrino said he really liked Grantham because he found him challenging to scheme against from the time he was at Arkansas. So I think that was the draw. As for the big bump in pay, I think Louisville badly wants to project stability and the idea that these coaches will be here for a long time. So I think the raise was to get Grantham to commit to multiple years. People forget that while Georgia fans didn’t necessarily love him, he was sought after by the NFL every offseason.
SI: And he’s an SEC guy with current high school contacts, which should help a great deal in the transition to the ACC and recruiting in the area.
ME: Yeah, I’m not sure people appreciate just how big of a talent producer the state of Georgia is now. It’s better than Pennsylvania and Ohio. So to be plugged in there is only a good thing…
Grantham wasn’t bad at all at recruiting while at Georgia. So it’s only to be expected that he’d continue trying to mine the area he’s familiar with and made contacts. But he’ll be selling a different product to area recruits than he was pushing before. Not to mention that the competition hasn’t exactly slacked off with the hire of Jeremy Pruitt.
In fact, it sounds like there might be an early test by which to judge that.
UGA shipped out a last-minute offer to safety T.J. Harrell of Tampa, and he hopped on a plane in a hurry for an official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend. Harrell also has an offer from Louisville and could commit by the end of the weekend if allowed. He looked like he was enjoying his UGA trip, based on his tweets.
The Varsity? Man, Georgia’s pulling out all the stops for this kid. Seriously, if Georgia can jump in late and pull Harrell, it should mark a starting point for fun times on the recruiting trail. And while I’m sure they’ll never admit it publicly, it’ll probably be good for a few quiet high-fives in the bowels of Butts-Mehre.