The impact of Scott Cochran moving to Georgia isn’t easily quantified. After all, it is not like every strength coach moving from one SEC titan to another usually inspires big headlines.
But this is a shuffle between Georgia and Alabama. This was also not just any strength coach. It was Alabama’s Scott Cochran.
Cochran moving to Georgia will go a few notches higher on the Richter scale because of what he meant to Nick Saban’s dynasty. He was on Saban’s first staff in 2007. He ran Alabama’s “Fourth Quarter” program which received glowing reviews for the way it shaped both the mental and physical toughness of his players.
He was well-compensated for it, too.
Evolution of Scott Cochran’s salary at Alabama (not adjusted for inflation:
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) February 24, 2020
Cochran fits the archetype of a football coach to a tee. Not just a strength coach. He looks, walks and talks that part straight out of Hollywood central casting.
This will also spike another notch on the interest level because he moves to become an on-field coach at UGA.
It means that signature booming voice will now be on the recruiting trail. Working for UGA. It will not be at the Alabama weight room.
It will now bounce around high school hallways. Not the Alabama locker rooms and practice field.
Several former Crimson Tide greats shared their view regarding the move on social media last night.
Coach Coch is the glue and major key to Bama’s success. Replacing him will be interesting but I’m happy for him and he gets to coach on field 👀🔥
— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) February 24, 2020
I’m not saying he can’t be replaced…
I’m not saying it’s “detrimental”
All I’m saying is, it hurts…
We shall see how it plays out moving forward….
— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) February 24, 2020
Coach Coch been trying to get in the field for years I’m happy for him. He served enough time in Alabama. #ROLLTIDE4eva
— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) February 24, 2020
Want a good look at Cochran? Check out this ESPN video clip from the August grind in August of 2018.
This next one might cause DawgNation to cover their eyes, but here is another clip of Cochran from January of 2018.
Cochran was a part of Alabama’s brand, but now he is on Smart’s team.
What sort of impact will that make on the recruiting trail? That can be framed up a little better right now than projecting his on-field performance. We won’t know about the latter until this fall.
That’s when everyone will be wondering if a first-time special teams coach might equate to a dip in the execution of the units Scott Fountain led for UGA. Fountain was well-respected for his work in Athens. That’s why Sam Pittman snatched him up to do the same for his program at Arkansas.
The better question: What type of recruiter will Cochran be in the months to come? What does the move here mean for the Georgia program?
DawgNation reached out to a few select recruits about that matter. The focus group in mind were the blue-chip prospects that do include Alabama and Georgia among their top group of schools.
There were even a few cases where the recruit chose to visit both Alabama and Georgia during their limited ability to attend only a few “Junior Day” events last month.
Scott Cochran to Georgia: What do the recruits think?
Terrence Ferguson rates as the nation’s No. 3 OG and the No. 52 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) for 2021. Alabama and Georgia have been recruiting him for quite some time dating back to his freshman season at Peach County.
The 4-star OL chose to visit Alabama (once) and Georgia (twice) in January for “Junior Day” events. He shared his view of the move with DawgNation.
“I feel like it is a huge plus for Georgia’s program,” Ferguson described it to DawgNation.
Tim Keenan is a 4-star DT who plays for Ramsay High in Birmingham. He’s been a longtime target for both schools. He was at Georgia for the Notre Dame game last season. The 6-foot-2, 340-pound rising senior rates as the nation’s No. 18 DT and No. 243 overall prospect for 2021.
He has been to visit Alabama more than two dozen times. Keenan also visited Georgia for one of its “Junior Day” events last month, too.
“I think his presence will be a huge impact,” Keenan replied on the matter of Cochran to Georgia.
Dallas Turner is a 4-star OLB from the state of Florida. He ranks as the nation’s No. 12 OLB and the No. 158 overall recruit for 2021.
“It was a very big move,” Turner said.
Turner also visited both Alabama and Georgia last month.
“He went from a major program to another and will most likely translate into a on-field role,” Turner said. “He was a big part of Alabama’s programs.”
Ferguson’s thought add to the equation here. Not only is it a plus for Georgia, but it is a minus for Alabama.
The words of these select 2021 recruits reinforce what those former Crimson Tide greats had to say on Twitter when the Cochran news broke.