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.
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.