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Georgia football: Who is now the best recruiter on the Bulldog staff?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support that informed opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss who is now the best recruiter on the 2020 UGA staff. 

DawgNation continues this season with the “Cover 4” concept. It is now a popular live show on our streaming media platform and a timely content piece on, too.

The quick in-and-out game remains. It is designed to come out quicker than a group of elite Bulldog recruits can fill up the back of a truck bed.

The latest “Cover 4” question is:

Who is now the best recruiter on the Georgia football coaching staff?

Brandon Adams: Matt Luke

Matt Luke is the new Georgia offensive line coach for the Bulldogs this season. (Chamberlin Smith/Georgia Sports Information)

The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “The results currently speak for themselves. Luke stepped into a tough spot replacing Sam Pittman last cycle but produced a monstrous haul. He’s also got UGA in position for big names in 2021 as well.”

Mike Griffith: Kirby Smart

Is Kirby Smart still “The Kang” when it comes to shaping and recruiting Georgia’s biggest targets? Yes. Most definitely yes. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “Smart is the ultimate closer because of his energy, charisma and authenticity. No one can sell Georgia football better than someone with a degree from the business school and All-SEC credentials as a former starting safety. Smart has also put several players in the NFL over the course of his career and proven he can win national and SEC championships. In a word: Credibility.“

Connor Riley: Dell McGee

Dell McGee has been one of the top three recruiters on the Georgia staff since he joined Kirby Smart’s staff in 2016. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “There are a number of good answers for this question, but I’ll go with Georgia’s longest-tenured offensive assistant. McGee has done a great job of not just recruiting talent at the running back position but also working as a secondary recruiter on a number of key Atlanta area targets, such as Jamaree Salyer and Broderick Jones.“

Jeff Sentell: Dan Lanning

Dan Lanning is now in his third season as the outside linebackers coach at UGA. This is his second term as the co-defensive coordinator. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Intel here: “This feels like the PGA Tour. My opinion mirrors the World Golf Rankings. Kirby is Tiger. But an asset who will summon his 2019 Masters game with more regularity. Dan Lanning feels like the current answer. Because of numerous stories. What he does as a primary and secondary recruiter on major UGA targets seems tireless. McGee is second based on his track record of major wins. Want an off-the-wall name? Try graduate assistant Nick Williams. He’s been a major influence on big names in every class, including 5-star DE Korey Foreman in the 2021 cycle. 

Graduate assistant Nick Williams is a major asset to the Georgia recruiting strategy as well as assisting Tray Scott coaching Georgia’s defensive line. He grew up in Georgia and played for the Bulldogs during his collegiate career, too. Now, he’s among the off-the-field coaching and football staff. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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