If you read DawgNation’s exclusive interview with Jacob Eason, the biggest non-recruiting takeaway from it was the revelation from new UGA coach Kirby Smart that he is not in a rush to hire an offensive coordinator.
Or more specifically, that Smart probably wouldn’t have an OC in place by the time Eason takes his official visit to UGA this weekend.
“He (Smart) didn’t guarantee anything,” Eason said. “He is going to take the time — I think it is a good idea — to make sure he gets the right guy for Georgia and to really develop me and all that stuff.”
Eason’s comments fall in line with another Tuesday article by DawgNation’s Chip Towers – that Smart is “moving at a deliberate pace” to fill out his UGA staff. Towers pointed out that Will Muschamp announced his offensive and defensive coordinators on the same day he was hired as South Carolina’s coach.
When there’s a big coaching change, many new bosses seem to be in a sprint to hire a staff and have bodies on the recruiting trail. Sometimes it makes you wonder: Why the rush? Why not be patient and get it right with the hire? Rather than just have someone to have someone?
On the flip side, this is a pretty bold move by Smart. Rightly or wrongly, he will be judged enormously by whether or not he can keep Jacob Eason in UGA’s possession. No matter what Eason says publicly, you can safely assume that he won’t feel completely comfortable until he can speak to the person who will be running the show on the offensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs.
Eason pretty much said that later in the interview:
“It is pretty important,” Eason said about UGA’s hire-to-be at OC. “This is going to be the guy who is going to be working to get me to my full potential for the next four years. We are going to wait-and-see who they get and all that stuff before we make any big decisions. I’m sure he’s going to get a great guy in there so Georgia has got nothing to worry about.”
Eason is different than the majority of UGA’s recruiting targets because he will enroll early in college – starting classes in around a month. He told DawgNation that he plans to decide next week between UGA and Florida.
It’s looking good for the Bulldogs with Eason, but it will be interesting to see if Smart doesn’t have a plan in place for specific OC by next week, if not this weekend.