ATHENS - The recruiting period has begun again, and Georgia is down several assistant coaches on defense. So the team has adjusted.
Graduate assistants have been "activated" into recruiting roles, including Christian Robinson and Mike Macdonald, who assisted the defensive coaches on the field this year. Robinson, a Georgia inside linebacker from 2009-12, worked with that group, assisting Kirk Olivadotti, Macdonald, a former student assistant, worked with secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
Olivadotti's hiring with the Washington Redskins was officially announced on Thursday. Lakatos resigned for personal reasons last week. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson has also accepted the same job at Southern California, though it has yet to be announced.
Daryl Jones, the team's on-campus recruiting coordinator, confirmed the activation of the GAs, and said new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was working hard on the recruiting trail.
“We’re going after our planned targets,” Jones said. “We’re not missing a beat. And we’re prepared for official and unofficial visits this weekend.”
Being activated means a GA is allowed to contact recruits, as long as they pass an NCAA recruiting exam, which presumably they have. It's akin to when an assistant coach leaves the team before a bowl, and a GA coaches the unit during bowl practice. That happened when Rodney Garner left Georgia before the Capital One Bowl two years ago.
Neither Jones nor anybody with the team can comment on specific recruits. Jones would only say that Pruitt is targeting Georgia's committed players as well as top targets.
“He’s come in and he’s hit the ground running," Jones said of Pruitt, who came in with a reputation as a strong recruiter. "From a recruiting perspective, he’s reviewed the guys we are recruiting, both upperclassmen and underclassmen. It’s very clear that he bring s a sense of having been there and done that. He knows the guys we’re after, and is going to be very good for us.”