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Friday, December 21, 2012
Recruits react to Garner leaving UGA

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. -- The news that Georgia’s recruiting coordinator, Rodney Garner, is accepting the assistant head coach and defensive line coach positions at Auburn University comes at a perilous time for the Bulldogs. There are just fewer than seven weeks until national signing day and Georgia has 30 committed recruits while targeting five to six more nationally ranked prospects.

Some of those prospects gave their thoughts to DawgNation upon hearing the news:

DT Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College): "That's crazy. I haven't heard anything from anybody about this, so I am just going to make some calls tomorrow and see where this goes. This is why I hate the recruiting process. It will affect me a little bit, but I still like UGA. I just have to see who the new coach is and try and build a relationship with him before February. ... UGA is still my leader until I talk to the coaching staff."

CB Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek): "I would say it affects my recruitment half and half. I mean, he's my recruiter and not my position [coach] or coordinator, so it means a lot. But then again, it doesn't."

S Nick Glass (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge): “He's one of my favorite coaches regardless of schools. I will really think it through though.”

WR Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek): “It won’t affect me.”

RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross): “It doesn't affect me at all. I wasn't close with Coach Garner at all really. I talked to him twice, if that, and did not know him.”

DT Chris Mayes (Griffin, Ga./Mississippi Gulf Coast): “I understand it is a business and coaches change. I understand if he felt he had a better offer.”

OLB Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta): “I will have to sleep on that one.”