Georgia football: 3 Reasons Stacy Searels is an outstanding hire

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Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer reacts after a Georgia touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium. (Photo By: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Stacy Searels will be just fine on the recruiting trail for Georgia football

There are high expectations for assistant coaches when it comes to recruiting. As we all know to stay elite, a program has to continue to sign high-level talent. Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart wouldn’t have hired Stacy Searels if he couldn’t recruit.

This notion that Searels can’t recruit was another thing fans brought up when complaining about him that piqued my interest. What made them think this, I’m not sure, but when he was at Georgia the first time, he recruited well, but he also developed his guys.

Look at Clint Boiling and even Ben Jones, two of the guys Searels brought in and coached. Boiling was a freshman All-American and earned All-SEC honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Jones earned All-SEC honors in 2009 and 2011.

He and Jones were draft selections, and one of them still plays in the league. Boiling retired in 2019d after eight years with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Jones has been a starter for the Tennessee Titans for six years.

Cordy Glenn is another Searels guy who was a stud in college and played for a few seasons in the NFL.

Of Searels 11 NFL Draft picks, Jones, Boiling, Glenn and Justin Anderson are four of them. He knows how to recruit and develop. Some say, well, that was 10-plus years ago, but that argument doesn’t sit right because he continues to recruit and turn those boys into All-Conference and All-American men.

In 2020, Four of Searels guys at North Carolina earned All-ACC honors, and in 2019, he helped get Charlie Heck All-ACC honors, an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl, the Senior Bowl, and Heck got selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the Draft.

Those are just the most recent. Searels had more players accomplish those things at Miami, Texas and LSU. Searels knows how to recruit quality players and turn them into solid offensive linemen wherever he coaches.

Plus, if we think about it, Searels is coming to coach for the defending national champions — recruiting can’t be that hard when you have that kind of sell. Even if he did start to struggle, it’s not like he can’t ask Smart what to do. Smart is one of the best recruiters ever, and he can help his assistants meet his expectations.

Georgia football hired the right guy to fill the offensive line coaching job.

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Searels will have a lot of fun with the current offensive linemen in the room, and who knows, a few of them could leave Georgia as All-Americans, and high Draft picks because of what they learned from him. Not to mention the ability to either maintain or increase offensive production — it’s a win-win situation for him and the Dawgs.