Arkansas shares awesome video of Sam Pittman celebrating Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson selections
During his time at Georgia, then offensive line coach Sam Pittman was known for celebrating big wins for the Georgia offensive line on Twitter with some amusing videos.
Pittman is now the head coach at Arkansas as he tries to rebuild the program after the disastrous Chad Morris era. While some were skeptical of the hire of Pittman, there’s a chance it works out if he has an Ed Orgeron type impact for the program.
LSU players rave about Orgeron and Georgia players have done the same with Pittman. And the video that was posted by the Arkansas football Twitter account shows why he had such great success in recruiting and developing elite offensive linemen.
"I'm as proud of you as anybody could ever be."
Prepare for all the feels watching @CoachSamPittman celebrate with his former players after they were drafted in the first round last night. pic.twitter.com/FAO7YCmxGV
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) April 24, 2020
The video showed Pittman and his wife calling Thomas and Wilson after they were selected with the No. 4 and No. 29 selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. And both players seemed really excited to be hearing from their former offensive line coach.
The moment with Wilson and Pittman was especially touching.
“I told you in recruiting you were going to be a first-rounder and by golly you did it,” Pittman said. “You did it, I didn’t.”
A clearly emotional Wilson responded with a simple, “Coach, I love you man.”
Pittman also played a key role interning Isaiah Wynn into a first-round pick by the New England Patriots back in the 2018 NFL Draft. Georgia now has had seven offensive linemen drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Pittman coached three of them.
Wilson and Thomas were Pittman’s first two big recruiting wins in his time at Georgia. From there he went on to land the likes of Cade Mays, Clay Webb and a slew of other highly touted recruits. There’s no doubt that he can do the same at Arkansas after seeing the joy that Thomas and Wilson have when talking to Pittman.
Even Georgia 2020 signee Tate Ratledge chimed in on the video, praising Pittman.
Yet people still wonder how he gets the best every year 🤷♂️ https://t.co/XRc8GcQqy5
— Tate Ratledge (@tateratledge22) April 24, 2020
Pittman will be tough to replace, as he had been the offensive line coach for the first four years that Kirby Smart was head coach. But Smart did about as good of a job as you can at replacing Pittman as he brought in Matt Luke, the former Ole Miss head coach.
Like Pittman, Luke is beloved by players. And he did a pretty great job of keeping together the recruiting class that Pittman put together in the 2020 recruiting cycle, as Georgia brought in Broderick Jones, Ratledge and Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, who all rate as top-100 recruits in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Luke has already picked up a recruiting win for the Bulldogs in the 2021 class, as the Bulldogs have a commitment from 4-star offensive tackle Micah Morris. He rates as the No. 73 overall player in the class.
The 2020 NFL Draft continues on Friday night with the second round and third round. The second round gets started at 7 p.m. It is expected to be another busy day for the Bulldogs, with Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift likely to get selected.
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