You can never start ’em too early.

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.

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9 responses to “You can never start ’em too early.

  1. Sanford222view

    That is fantabulous to read and might be the best thing I have read about Monken to date. I imagine if he is doing that with a recruit then, he must be teaching like that and more with the QB group already on campus.

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    That’s amazing. I wonder where he’ll be ranked in the 247 coaches scoring, because while Coley was usually high, Chaney was usually near the bottom. So Kirby’s had one of each at OC.

    At the end of the day though, I want an offense that can score points on anyone, from anywhere on the field. That’s not something either of the other guys could do regardless of how good or how bad they were at recruiting. If Monken can give us what we need, if he’s also good at recruiting, that’s like the cherry on top of the sundae.

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  3. spur21

    Recruiters can be great salesmen or great coaches. Offensive players – particularly QB’s – will pay close attention to on field results which make them want to be a part of a great offense and learn from the best.

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The thing I find interesting about that is the two way aspect of recruiting. I always assumed it was telling a recruit what a star he will be playing for us, etc., and that it was all one way. But spending time talking like that with a QB not only builds relationships (Kirby’s main point), but it also gives the recruiter a chance to see if this kid gets it. You’ve seen his film and you know what he can do physically, but how much does he understand the game, and will he be able to learn? I like it.

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    • SlobberKnocker

      I hadn’t thought of that angle, being able to gauge a kid’s aptitude. Totally agree with that being a real benefit.

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  5. Anonymous

    I would note that Louisville did the same type of thing with Teddy Bridgewater. During his first year (he red-shirted) they didn’t even bother to teach him the offense. They spent that first year teaching him defenses and working on mechanics. It worked out well for him.

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  6. Will Adams

    Damn… I didn’t realize Thomas, Salyer, and Blount were all on the same team in HS. I get that there are HS programs that are littered with CFB talent all over the state but to have that many high ranking players on one team is kind of crazy to me. I meant there are only 30-35 five star recruits in the entire nation for each class. So to have two of them on one team has to be a relatively rare occurrence. Add to that a 4 star recruit, of which there are only 300-350 nationally each class, and that is a bunch of top end talent on one HS team.

    But on the topic at hand, it is good to hear that Monken seems to have his recruiting skills working well for him. The simple fact that he was an NFL OC should alone be enough to get a few good recruits ever class even if his personality sucked. I mean Todd Grantham seems about as personal as a wet blanket. He obviously isn’t the best recruiter but can still land a good prospect simply because he was a position coach in the NFL.

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  7. Texas Dawg

    “You can tell he’s a perfectionist and has an eye for detail.”
    Music to my ears

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