Georgia has hired Tray Scott to replace the departing Tracy Rocker.
Scott spent the last two seasons at North Carolina, and was set to take the same position at Ole Miss–he was hired by Hugh Freeze in late December 2016.
He’s apparently had a change of heart, and will now join Kirby Smart’s staff in Athens.
Talk about odd.
Scott assisted in the turnaround of the North Carolina TarHeels defensive line, and is considered to be a young coach on the rise.
Scott’s 2016 unit was especially effective in the red zone, ranking 35th nationally allowing opponents to score only 79.6 percent of the time. His defensive line also helped UNC rank top 50 nationally in scoring defense (24.9 ppg). Scott mentored defensive tackle Nazair Jones to All-ACC honors for the second straight year.
Ole Miss Head Coach, Hugh Freeze, was obviously not happy with the turn of events. However, he spoke highly of Scott a month ago,and seemed to echo the general consensus on him: solid coach and developing recruiter.
“We knew we had a star on our staff when Tray was with us as a graduate assistant, and we are thrilled to welcome him back,” Freeze said in a statement. “With the experience he has gained as a coach and recruiter since his first stint here, Tray will bring great energy and leadership to our defensive line and allow us to continue our success at that position.” (USA Today)
The verdict as to how well he’ll replace Rocker–at least from a recruiting standpoint–is up for debate. However, when Scott was at North Carolina, he was assigned the Atlanta-area as his territory. He specifically was active in Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, and Paulding Counties.
It’s very possible Smart took that into consideration when he opted to cherry pick him from Freeze’s staff.
I’m sure we’ll find out more in the coming days and weeks, but Georgia didn’t let this go very long before tabbing their guy.