University of Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon finished atop the 247Sports National Recruiter Rankings for 2014, closing strong on national signing day to take home the title of "Recruiter of the Year."
Per JC Shurburtt of 247Sports:
McClendon earned the distinction after locking down two final commitments on Wednesday—one more hotly contested than the other.
The more predictable one, Lorenzo Carter, was actually the more important, as Carter is a 5-star recruit and the No. 18 overall player on the 247Sports composite. He chose the in-state Bulldogs over Alabama.
The less predictable one, Isaiah McKenzie, is a 4-star receiver from Florida and the No. 151 overall player on the 247Sports subjective rankings. He chose the Bulldogs over Virginia Tech and Ole Miss.
"It is an honor," said McClendon of the recognition, according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports. "Obviously the big kudos needs to go to the University of Georgia, because everything at this institution makes my job a lot easier and allows me to be where I am now."
On the whole, McClendon was credited with landing nine recruits this cycle, including three 5-stars, four 4-stars and two 3-stars. The 5-stars he landed, aside from Carter, were running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, whom he will coach in his positional group at UGA.
McClendon was able to hold off a late push from USC receivers coach Tee Martin, who watched the fruits of his labor unfold in a big way on national signing day, resulting in four commitments, including two from 5-star players in Adoree' Jackson and John "JuJu" Smith, who announced their commitments on ESPNU.
Martin finished second in the rankings, but the day belongs to McClendon and, of course, to the Georgia Bulldogs. According to Adams' piece, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo won National Recruiter of the Year in 2011, so the program appears set in attracting talent on that side of the ball—at least for the immediate future.
And on the other side of the ball, new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who won National Recruiter of the Year in 2013 at Florida State, is far from a slouch out on the trail.
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