I did a good bit of surfing on the Interwebs yesterday after learning that Tracy Rocker was joining the Georgia staff as the new defensive line coach. If I had to sum up the consensus of what I saw in five words or less, it would be first-rate position coach, indifferent recruiter.
But you know what? I’m not sure Richt cares about the latter too much. Consider this:
… As it turned out, he said Georgia’s need for a defensive line coach made for the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. He interviewed with the Bulldogs late this week and “finalized everything” on Saturday.
“Life is funny sometimes,” Rocker said. “Things work out sometimes. The Titans decided to go in a different direction and all of the sudden the Georgia job came open.”
Rocker said the Bulldogs did not press him to get to Athens in a hurry. He’ll remain in Nashville to wrap up his affairs and pack up his belongings “until the middle of the week.”
The hire came quickly, so obviously Georgia wanted the man, but here we are bearing down on signing day and nobody’s rushing to get Rocker on the road face to face with some high school seniors? (Remember, Richt took it upon himself to lock down Gaillard’s Georgia commitment by delivering the news of Rocker’s hire personally, and not having Rocker do it himself.) It’s not like Richt has a problem getting newbies out on the recruiting trail as soon as possible, either. Heck, judging by the speed with which Pruitt hit the road, I’m almost surprised he didn’t whip out his new cell phone at the introductory presser and call a couple of kids from there.
Maybe that’s an indication about how much esteem they hold for Rocker’s coaching talents. If so, it’s a helluva compliment. I’m looking forward to seeing how the defensive line play shapes up this year, that’s for sure.