Gaillard's gathering his thoughts

Mark Richt and John Lilly traveled up to Fayetteville, N.C. Friday to visit Georgia commitment Lamont Gaillard and his mother. The Scout 300 defensive lineman recaps this visit, talks his commitment status, and more here...

It wasn't that long ago that Lamont Gaillard was in Florida competing at the Under Armour All-America game.

Very early in January Gaillard was singing the praises of Georgia, but shortly after he returned home, there were some coaching changes.

Chris Wilson and John Lilly co-recruited Gaillard for UGA and Wilson, Gaillard's potential position coach is now at USC. If that wasn't enough, Todd Grantham left for Louisville.

Those changes raised questions for the four-star defensive tackle out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest.

"I have always been a Georgia boy, but I did not know what to think then," Gaillard said. "I was comfortable with Coach Wilson, I knew about Coach Grantham's defense, and I just did not know what to expect next."

The first week Jeremy Pruitt, the new defensive coordinator was on the job in Athens, he got on the phone with Gaillard. Pruitt explained his system, how Gaillard would fit in, and the Tar Heel State prospect felt good about what he heard.

That did not stop other schools from recruiting him. Louisville and Miami are two in particular that have been on Gaillard hard since the coaching changes opened the door a little.

Mark Richt and John Lilly traveled up to see the 6-foot-3, 315 pound senior Friday. They worked to close the deal and to make the family comfortable.

"The visit was pretty good. I just felt comfortable like any other time before the coaching staff changes happened."

This visit not only focused on the UGA commitment, but his mother as well.

"They mostly talked about me getting up there and doing what I have to do to get there. It was mostly about them getting to know my mom. That was important."

Gaillard continues to say he is committed to Georgia and it appears it will take a lot to change that status. He is not ruling out one more official visit though.

"I am really not sure yet about visiting Miami," said Gaillard. "I still have to figure that out."

Reports surfaced Saturday that Mark Richt and UGA has agreed to terms with Tracy Rocker to be the new defensive line coach at Georgia. He has coached at Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, and in the NFL, so he has a very strong resume.

Gaillard is interested in learning more.

"I don't know much about Coach Rocker, but hopefully he is a good coach like Coach Richt says he is. It does help that he coached in the NFL though."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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