Georgia Football: Meet Rodney Garner, Recruiting Coordinator of the Bulldogs

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

Georgia recruiting coordinator and DL coach Rodney Garner
Georgia recruiting coordinator and DL coach Rodney Garner

Every Monday, The SEC Blog will feature an assistant coach in the SEC. This week, we take a look at Georgia assistant coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner.


Rodney Garner has made the rounds in the SEC.

He was an offensive lineman for the Auburn Tigers in the late 80s and has coached various positions in the SEC at stops at Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia.

Now in his 15th season on the Georgia staff, Garner now serves as assistant head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator of the Bulldogs.

His accolades on the field are stellar.

Under his tutelage, Georgia has produced stellar defensive lineman over the last decade-and-a-half, including David Pollack, Richard Seymour, Charles Grant, Marcus Stroud and Johnathan Sullivan.

He was an integral part of those Georgia defenses in the early-to-mid 2000s that were the foundation of the SEC championship teams of 2002 and 05.

But it's not the on-the-field product that Garner is most known for, it's his prowess in the living rooms of recruits on the recruiting trail.

He has served as Georgia's recruiting coordinator since joining the Bulldog staff in 1998 and has established himself as a one of the nation's best recruiters throughout his career. He was named to the list of top 25 recruiters in 2010 and was the major reason that Georgia was able to pull in the "Dream Team" in 2011 despite coming off of a sub-.500 season in 2010.

He hasn't let complacency creep in since the 2011 SEC East championship. 

Garner reeled in the nation's No. 12 class last season and his Class of 2013 is currently ranked No. 5 by

As the old saying goes, it's not the Xs and the Os, it's the Jimmys and the Joes. Garner has been at the top of his game locking down the Jimmys and the Joes during his entire 22-year coaching career.