Following a successful 2014 campaign on the recruiting trail, Georgia Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon was rewarded for his efforts.
On Tuesday evening, the school announced that the 30-year-old would become its new recruiting coordinator, via an official release on the athletics' website.
The news comes just a week after McClendon was named 247Sports’ Recruiter of the Year.
McClendon was credited for landing nine of the team’s 21 recruits during the 2014 cycle. Of those nine, three were 5-stars and four were 4-stars.
Head coach Mark Richt seemed confident in his decision.
“This restructuring I believe will give us the best chance to win from a recruiting and special teams standpoint,” he said, via the release. “Our recruiting effort will be strengthened and our special teams will be improved as well.”
McClendon showed off his recruiting prowess on signing day by landing the signatures of two coveted targets.
First, he stole 4-star wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie out of Florida and out of the grasps of Virginia Tech and Ole Miss. McClendon then sealed the deal by locking in the commitment of 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter.
McClendon played wide receiver at Georgia from 2002-05. He made his biggest impact during his senior season, catching 35 passes for 529 yards and six touchdowns.
After a brief summer stint with the Chicago Bears in 2005, McClendon joined the Bulldogs as running backs coach in 2009.
The announcement is expected to have no effect on the current role and responsibilities of director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones.
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