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New coach focused on wrapping up class 

January, 30, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Chris Wilson officially has been a member of Georgia’s coaching staff for three weeks, but the Bulldogs’ new defensive line coach barely has had time to even meet his new pupils.

Aside from a team meeting immediately after his hiring, Wilson and the other members of Mark Richt’s staff have been focused on wrapping up the recruiting class that will sign next Wednesday.

“We fill every minute of their day,” Wilson said Wednesday afternoon, “and every minute of my day when I’m not in the office is pretty full, too, on the road.”

Wilson, who took over Rodney Garner’s spot as line coach after working as defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in recent seasons, said he has hit the recruiting trail hard since arriving at Georgia. He has started to familiarize himself with the talent-rich Atlanta area and said his travels have taken him “from Kansas to South Georgia.”

Coincidentally, two of the top remaining prospects on Georgia’s board are defensive linemen in those locations -- ESPN’s No. 4 junior college prospect Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College) and No. 2 defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County).

“We all have the same prospects or suspects on our board. What happens is obviously you have relationships with guys that are more in your region, and that’s probably the biggest difference,” Wilson said of the difference between recruiting at Mississippi State and UGA. “Obviously being at the University of Georgia, you have access to a few more of those quality athletes. That was the biggest thing is being able to build a relationship quickly with those guys.

“That’s been great because Coach Garner, who I have a lot of respect for, had done a tremendous job of selling the University of Georgia, as well as Coach Richt and Coach [Todd] Grantham. So it’s been fairly smooth so far.”

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia officially announced Wednesday afternoon that Chris Wilson will join Mark Richt’s coaching staff as defensive line coach, replacing Rodney Garner, who recently left for Auburn.

Wilson has been defensive line coach and either defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State since 2010 after spending five seasons at his alma mater, Oklahoma, coaching defensive ends and special teams.

“Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our program,” Richt said in a university release. “He has an extensive background not only as a position coach, but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense.”

DawgNation first reported that Wilson had accepted the job last Friday.

In his 16 seasons as a college assistant, Wilson’s pupils included Mississippi State All-American Fletcher Cox and Oklahoma’s Jeremy Beal and Auston English and C.J. Ah You, all of whom reached the NFL.

“Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all our energy and effort into winning games and championships, which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family.”

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