Many Georgia fans hope the role ultimately goes to Kirby Smart. If he ends up being the man for the job, there will definitely not be an announcement prior to the BCS Championship. Kirby Smart is currently a hot name in the coaching world, not simply because of his on field success, but because of the number of teams currently looking for defensive coordinators. In addition to Georgia, Florida is also looking for the right man to replace Charlie Strong and Brian Kelly is looking to fill his staff at Notre Dame. The only downfall of bringing in Smart is that we may be back hunting for another defensive coordinator in a few years. While you would love to bring in a coach who could be with Georgia for years, you can’t pass up bringing in the best available candidate for the job.
Do I honestly think Smart will end up the man in Athens? No. I imagine a huge raise from Alabama will keep him in Tuscaloosa. Only time will tell who the new coach will, but whoever it is, I am sure Coach Richt will make the best choice for the program.
The recruiting season is in full swing, but the biggest news concerning the Dawgs right now revolves around the quarterback position. Lassiter QB Hutson Mason will announce his decision on Monday and I fully expect him to accept the scholarship from Georgia. I have read a number of places that he was waiting on the offer and I will be very happy to keep the record setting QB in the state. The other quarterback news involves Wilcox County junior Nick Marshall. I saw this kid play in the Class A state championship game on Saturday and I was impressed. Besides being a good QB, the kid is rated as one of the top junior basketball players in the country. My brother-in-law’s father is friends with the athletic director at Wilcox County and when Marshall was asked about potentially handing the ball off to Washaun Ealey, he said he would rather not hand the ball off to a guy who beat him in the State Playoffs last year. In the end, he will most likely end up playing basketball at a major program, but I am glad we are continuing to go after the best this state has to offer.