ATHENS - Georgia has reached back into the Alabama and Hoover High School pipeline for another defensive hire.
Kevin Sherrer, the defensive coordinator at South Alabama this past season, will join Georgia's coaching staff, according to two sources, confirming earlier reports Wednesday on 247Sports.com and footballscoop.com. It was not known which position group Sherrer would coach. Georgia had three vacancies.
There was no official confirmation yet from UGA on the hire, and a South Alabama spokesman did not have word yet on any coaching changes.
Sherrer, 40, played tight end at Alabama from 1993-95, and was later a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide (from 1998-2000), and was later the defensive coordinator at Hoover High School from 2005-09. He then served as a director of player development at Alabama from 2010-12, before taking the job at South Alabama.
The connections between Sherrer and new Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt are extensive: They were teammates at Alabama, worked together at Hoover, and were both at Alabama in recent years. Pruitt was at Alabama from 2007-2012 (the first three seasons as a player development coordinator), and was at Hoover from 2004-06.
South Alabama's defense ranked 50th in total defense this year - five spots behind Georgia - yielding an average of 384.2 yards per game.
South Alabama, which just began their program a few years ago, went 6-6 this season. But it finished its season on a three-game win streak, beating Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette, and Sherrer's defense yielded an average of 13 points in those final three games.