- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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ATHENS, Ga. -- On the eve of national signing day, a report surfaced that one of Georgia’s most important assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham -- will interview for a job in the NFL.
While ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night that the New Orleans Saints are expected to hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for the same job with the Saints, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Grantham will interview for the position Thursday.
Georgia's recruiting class currently ranks No. 9 with 30 committed prospects expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday.
Grantham has been the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator since 2010, using his 3-4 scheme to lead a defensive revival in 2011, when Georgia finished fifth nationally in total defense. The defense took a step backward in 2012 while contending with a number of suspensions and injuries but still finished 18th nationally in scoring defense.
Grantham had been a longtime NFL assistant when Mark Richt hired him to replace Willie Martinez after the disappointing 2009 season. Grantham was the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator from 2005-07 and also coached the defensive lines in Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis during his 11-year stint in the pros.
His name surfaced last month as a possible candidate for the still-vacant defensive coordinator spot on Chip Kelly’s new Philadelphia Eagles staff, but Grantham has not commented on that job or any other NFL vacancy since the end of the season.
Richt and Grantham are scheduled to participate in a signing-day news conference at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on the UGA campus.