ATHENS - Georgia has hired Daryl Jones, a veteran of high school football coaching, as its new director of on-campus recruiting.
Jones spent 17 years as a high school coach, most notably as head coach and athletics director at three stops (Griffin High School, Wayne County and North Oconoee).
Most recently, he has been managing Under Armour football camps, combines and 7-on-7 projects. He has twice served as head coach at the Under Armour All-America game.
So what does the job entail? The coaches are still the main recruiters, and the ones who are allowed to make in-home visits, scouting trips, and all that off-campus recruiting entails. The on-campus director serves as a coordinator, and helps pinpoint recruiting strategy and logistics.
(CBSsports.com expert Bruce Feldman correctly pointed out on on Thursday that the two most underrated jobs in a football program are on-campus recruiting director and strength and conditioning coordinator.)
The job has been open since last season. At first, Georgia seemed on the verge of hiring someone from the recruiting media: Analysts such as Jamie Newberg (Scout.com), Chad Simmons (Scout.com), Kipp Adams (ESPN.com) and Jake Rowe (Rivals.com) were among those who applied to UGA, according to records provided by the school.
But Jones was hired instead. Jones' recent experience running the Under Armour camps would appear to give him a bevy of contacts in the high school recruiting community.
"We're extremely fortunate to have Daryl joining our staff," Richt said in a statement. "He's a veteran high school coach and administrator who has a complete understanding of the recruiting process along with the relationships between the university and the high schools. He'll be a great addition to our staff in the areas of high school relations and directing our on-campus recruiting efforts."
Jones played football at C.W. Post University, in New York, where he was also a decathlete. He went on to serve as a voluntary or graduate assistant coach in the college ranks at Hofstra, Duke and Maryland.
NOTE: The original version of this post, which discussed the direction of the search, has since been changed, based on updated information. I regret the error.