Whenever the coaching carousel gets spinning in college football, there are far-reaching ramifications beyond a change of scenery for coaches and coordinators. A program can take a major hit on the recruiting trail if a coach that has built up a relationship with a recruit suddenly is no longer in the picture. While the Georgia Bulldogs appear to be surviving the loss of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the Louisville Cardinals with recruits already committed to the program, they could lose out on one of their top remaining targets as five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter will wait to see who Georgia tabs as their next DC before making his decision.
Grantham’s move came as a complete surprise to Carter, who has narrowed his choices down to either Georgia or the Florida Gators. When asked the about the change on the Bulldogs’ staff, Carter expressed surprise:
“It was a shock to me and my family. First time we heard anything about this was when a reporter texted me asking for a reaction but I’ve talked to [head coach Mark] Richt and I trust that he’ll find a great replacement. I just have to wait and see.”
At 6-foot-5, 234-pounds, Carter is a physical specimen that will likely be an impact player sooner rather than later at the college level. He has size and length to come off the edge effectively while also displaying the speed and athleticism to chase down plays and make the tackle from sideline to sideline. Georgia is always looking to add defensive starpower to their lineup and Carter would be the crown jewel to their 2014 recruiting class as the No. 13 overall recruit in the class.
That puts the pressure on Richt to move quickly on finding his next DC. Carter is scheduled to visit Georgia on January 31, just before National Signing Day, and whoever is pegged as the new defensive coordinator will have to make a strong impression on the young defensive star. If Carter likes what he hears from the new defensive leader, Georgia has an excellent shot at sealing the deal on Carter’s recruitment. If not, they’ll likely have to square off against him for the next several years in SEC play.
Can Georgia find the right fit at DC to replace Grantham, take the defense to the next level in 2014, and sell Carter on coming to Athens? That’s a lot of pressure to put on the plate of a coach in his first two weeks on the job.