"Coach Pruitt brought a lot of different things to Georgia's defense," Rivers said. "Plus he's won a few national championships, so those guys are learning everything they are teaching them."
Rivers said that he is on the same page with Pruitt when it comes to recruiting – keep every prospect the Bulldogs want in state. That's a lofty and nearly impossible goal to reach, however.
"He said he wanted to keep all of the Georgia boys inside of Georgia," Rivers said while acknowledging how difficult that task really is. "A lot of boys want to see what's different outside of Georgia. But he's just a great coach."
"A lot of Georgia boys want to go to their home-state school. Everyone talks about that – we all talk about that."
Rivers was once committed to South Carolina, but said he thought better of it as time went on. He said playing for the school where he has grown up is too much to pass up.
"There's a lot of people that have gone to Georgia from around here," Rivers said. "I have been looking at them since 10th grade. I had been going up there for a long time. When they finally offered me I wanted to commit."
So what about players from Georgia, Rivers' friends even, who are committed to other schools… like Alabama?
"Georgia has always been a big deal. It is your home state school. A lot of Georgia boys want to go to their home-state school. Everyone talks about that – we all talk about that. You have to respect where other guys are coming from, but guys like Dallas Warmack… he's committed to Alabama, and they are a great program, but we can do that at one school better than another school, and that's Georgia," he said.
"Again, everyone else has great programs, but at the same time, I am looking at Georgia… it is my home… I really like Georgia. We can make this school, Georgia, a lot better than all of the others. We can win a lot of national titles. And you can bring in a lot of great players because Georgia is one of the top places to live. I am working on (Ledbetter). I am pretty much 100% that he's going to Georgia with me," Rivers said. "We talk 24-7. We've going to school together since 7th grade, and we've been close since then. We always go to Georgia together, too, so I am pretty much 100% that he's going to Georgia with me."
I asked: "So you are going to pressure him into it."
"Yes," Rivers said with a smile.