Monday, April 15, 2013

Coach Wilson filling Garner's shoes

Today begins the new evaluation period, an important time for Georgia coaches as they evaluate everything from roster needs to high school talent from coast to coast. And for the first time in fifteen years Rodney Garner will not be on staff in Athens. Instead, Chris Wilson is in his place ($) and will be spending a lot of time in Atlanta picking up where his predecessor left off.
(Nabulsi, ESPN)

Wilson will split metro Atlanta with running backs coach Brian McClendon, and Wilson's experience in recruiting the area should help. Wilson gets schools as far south as Griffin and Spalding County and as far east as Hancock County.
Some of his top targets in the 2014 class include ESPN Watch List prospects Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian), Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton), Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove), Wesley Green(Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) and Nick Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X). Wilson has the chance to deliver some quality players to Georgia, but he will have to beat out the heavy hitters to do so, as Atlanta is one of the most heavily recruited areas in the country. 
Wilson earned a lot of recognition for hitting the ground running in January and pulling in some big targets. Eager to see what the guy can do now that he's settled into his office.