Grantham Noncommittal on NFL Interview

When Georgia coach Mark Richt wrapped up his signing day news conference on Wednesday afternoon, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham became the center of attention a day after reports that he will interview Thursday with the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

Grantham was asked if he will be coaching the 18 defensive signees this coming season?

"Right now I'm the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia and I'm certainly looking forward to coaching those guys," he said.

He didn't deny he would interview with the Saints for its coordinator position or with any other NFL team.

"You know what? I know a lot of people. I get a lot of inquiries all the time," he said. "There's no way that I'm going to comment on any particular one because if I did, I couldn't do my job. …I'm just going to leave at it that."

He said he told recruits—including outside linebacker Davin Bellamy who signed with Georgia Wednesday—that he and his family loved Georgia, and he "fully expects" to be there.

"But I told those guys, as coaches if things come up, you're always going to say `Hey, what's best for your family?' And see what happens,'" Grantham said. "Nothing's come up for me from the standpoint of I feel I got to contractually say something."

Grantham is to notify Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity if he were to interview for another job, according to his contract, but hadn't done that by Wednesday evening.

Kristian Garic, the New Orleans Saints sideline reporter, reported via Twitter that Saints coach Sean Payton told him that Grantham will interview today and former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would interview Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Saints plan to hire Ryan.

Payton on Thursday told ESPN radio that he would bring in "between two and four candidates," to interview and that Ryan would interview at the end of the week. He said he had requested permission to interview NFL position coaches.

"I think within a week we'll have a firm decision on that," Payton said.

The subject came up a few hours earlier when Grantham and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo fielded questions from fans in the Butts-Mehre building.

One fan asked Grantham if he would "be here for a couple of more years."

"You know what? I can tell you this: My family loves it here, I like it here a lot and this is a very special place," he said. "I think today needs to be focused on the players that we've got right here right now and trying to get back to Atlanta."

Grantham's contract allows him to leave for an NFL coordinator position without penalty.

Asked about NFL teams interest in Grantham, Richt said he was focused on the players he signed on Wednesday.

Still things to like about offensive line class

Georgia may have missed out on a couple of offensive line targets in its signing class, but the Bulldogs like the four players it signed at the position.

Particularly 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive guard/center Brandon Kublanow from Walton High School.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo called him "one of the best offensive linemen in the entire South and maybe the country. We love the way he plays the game. He plays it like a football player and an offensive lineman should. He's very physical, he's very aggressive."

Georgia signed 6-foot-5, 295-pound North Gwinnett offensive lineman Devondre Seymour, the adopted son of NFL Pro Bowler Richard Seymour, the former Georgia defensive lineman.

Georgia didn't land top offensive tackle recruit Laremy Tunsil, who signed with Ole Miss and didn't get Alpharetta offensive tackle George Adeosun, who picked Virginia.

Seymour chose Georgia over Ole Miss.

"He does have some work to do," North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said of Seymour's academics. "He's just trying to get that taken care of."

Junior college or prep school options were discussed during an official visit to Georgia.

Seymour goes by the nickname "Scooter." He reminds Richt of former Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn "in his size and athleticism."

The Bulldogs also landed center/guard Josh Cardiello from Buford and guard/tackle Aulden Bynum from Valdosta, both early enrollees.

Kublanow and Cardiello will compete for the backup center role, offensive line coach Will Friend said.

Richt on the mend

Richt walked into the signing day news conference Wednesday limping some, but not using crutches

His wife Katharyn told him not to shed the crutches but "then when I was walking in I had a bunch of cameras on me with crutches so I threw them off the side and started walking."

Richt had planned to have the surgery after signing day, but he was persuaded to move it up earlier by Mike Slive.

"To be real honest about it, there's an SEC head coaches meeting coming up next week and the commissioner thought it would be really important for me to be there," Richt said. "I pushed things up a little bit. I knew there was a (recruiting) dead period here. I couldn't physically go anywhere any way."

Richt said surgery went "great" and he's moving around "very well."

"I feel very good," he said. "A little bit better than I thought I'd be feeling by today so that's a blessing."

This and that

Georgia listed Camden County's J.J. Green as an "athlete," but he said he will be meeting with the receivers and coach Tony Ball. "I'm probably going to be all over the field," said the 5-8, 171-pound Green. "I like it like that. It's pretty cool. Just knowing your going to be out there just to ball. Be like a Brandon Boykin-type just going about your business."

There was talk of sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons impact on Wednesday but not specifics of where he might play on defense. "I would expect big things from him next year," Grantham said.

Bobo said that Brendan Douglas from Aquinas High School in Augusta wasn't recruited to play fullback. "He got kind of stereotyped at the fullback position, but we recruited him as a running back the whole time," he said.

Dawg Post Top Stories