Georgia football gets an A+ for the wonderful DB coach hire

Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Kelee Ringo intercepts a pass over UAB Blazers wide receiver Trea Shropshire. (Photo By: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Kelee Ringo intercepts a pass over UAB Blazers wide receiver Trea Shropshire. (Photo By: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart found an excellent fit for the defensive backs coaching vacancy in Fran Brown, Rutgers secondary coach.

The Dawgs aced this hire because he is a great defensive backs coach that also is one of the better recruiters in college football. Being at Rutgers can be challenging to land strong talent, and Brown consistently pulled in three and four-star recruits.

Georgia needed to replace Jahmile Addae, and they did a great job doing just that. While he wasn’t on our initial list of coaches, after looking into Brown and seeing what he has done in his career, we believe Smart made the right call and best hire for the program.

Brown now gives the Dawgs a recruiting weapon in the northeast and across Big Ten territory. He is an elite recruiter ranked as No. 8 in the Big Ten on 247Sports recruiter rankings.

He is a big-time recruiting threat, and now that he will have the resources and program to back that up, he will be able to land the guys Georgia wants and needs.

Georgia football earns an A+ for hiring Fran Brown as the defensive backs coach.

He also has spent time at Temple and Baylor before taking the Rutgers job, where he has been the last two years. In his two years with Greg Schiano, that defense recorded eight interceptions in 2020. The Scarlet Knights had 53 passes defended this past season and seven interceptions.

Brown coached high school ball and college ball, so that makes him an even better asset. He played at Western Carolina and had multiple stints with the Owls. Some thought he would take the head coaching job there, but stayed with Rutgers.

He was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for Baylor in 2017 and 2018 when Matt Rhule was there as he followed him from Temple.

Brown seems like a loyal coach as well with him sticking with coaches he likes and staying long periods of time with programs. Georgia needs someone that will be willing to stick around a while, and Brown seems like he will.

Of course, if he could be coach that eventually takes a head coaching job, but for now he seems to enjoy coaching the defensive backs and is good at it. Brown seems like he has the same mentality as Smart and how they do things. He is such a solid hire and if Smart wants him — we all should be excited about it.

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Smart doesn’t hire just anyone. Instead he finds the right fit on the field and off it. What Smart is doing with the Georgia program is for the long term and keeping the Dawgs as successful as possible. Brown fits that mold and he is going to make a great addition to this already talented staff.