One little side story I’ve tried to keep track of this offseason is an aspect of Todd Monken’s transition from the NFL back to the college ranks — how good or bad his recruiting chops are. I know he’s getting paid the big bucks to develop and scheme, but nobody’s staying on Kirby Smart’s staff for very long if they can’t contribute on the recruiting front.
So when I saw this UGASports piece on MJ Morris, an in state quarterback recruit in the 2022 class, I was curious to see if Monken was on the mother. Sounds like it:
“I’ve really gotten to know Todd Monken well, and I really like him. He and I have a weekly call which lasts about an hour. In this call, he’s teaching me NFL and college defenses. I’ve learned a lot from him in such a short time,” Morris said. “He’s going to be great at UGA. He is really cool and laid back, but when we’re talking football, he’s mostly straightforward and serious. You can tell he’s a perfectionist and has an eye for detail.”
While you might expect the calls to be centered around throwing receivers open and quarterback drills, Morris said the two are going much deeper.
“I believe by Coach being at the highest level, he knows what it takes to play at the next level. He can help me grow by expanding my knowledge of the game. Playing quarterback is mostly cerebral, and he’s getting me prepared by teaching me defenses,” Morris said. “He said we’d talk about offense later on, but first I needed to know how to read a defense. I agree with him. If you know the defense, then a QB knows where to go with the ball.”
I wonder how many others Monken is spending that kind of time with.