… has to be this guy.
When Sam Pittman left to become the head coach at Arkansas, many Georgia fans feared what his departure would mean for the status of the five offensive linemen who were committed to the program.
Thanks largely to new offensive line coach Matt Luke, they need not have worried.
With the exception of Florida four-star Joshua Braun, Kirby Smart was able to keep his impressive collection of offensive line recruits totally intact. Wednesday Georgia signed four-star Sedrick Van Pran, five-star Broderick Jones, and three-star Cameron Kinnie. It’s a group of signees that helped Georgia wrap up the nation’s top class in Rivals for the third straight year.
“Coach Luke is a big part of that energy. Getting him on staff fast was probably one of the critical roles to that transition. It wasn’t a long-time process where they had to sit on the unknown,” Smart said. “Two days, three days after Coach Pittman left kids, we had somebody new to meet, and we began to meet them before the middle dead period, the Christmas dead period. It was critical so that he could communicate with them throughout that period and keep a relationship. He’s got a lot of energy. He’s been a blessing for us. In addition, it helps me from a head coach standpoint. It did help a lot on the offensive line.”
It was only natural to be concerned about how the staff would hold together the kids Pittman obtained commitments from before his departure. Luke did a phenomenal job of that in a relatively short period of time. Hopefully, he can coach a little, too, but that’s good work in the meantime.