UGA hires director, on-campus recruiting

The search for Georgia’s director of on-campus recruiting is finally finished. Coach Mark Richt announced Thursday that Daryl Jones, an accomplished high school coach and athletic director, had been named to the position.

Jones’ hiring represents the end of a search that lasted months, with many stops and starts. Two candidates were offered the job, only to later have the offer rescinded for either not living close enough or not having the prerequisite degree needed.

There has been a gap in the Bulldogs’ staff ever since Charlie Cantor abruptly resigned the assistant recruiting coordinator job last July. Richt jettisoned that post and replaced it the new Director of On-Campus Recruiting position.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have Daryl joining our staff,” Richt said. “He’s a veteran high school coach and administrator who has a complete understanding of the recruiting process along with the relationships between the university and the high schools. He’ll be a great addition to our staff in the areas of high school relations and directing our on-campus recruiting efforts.”

Jones is familiar with the state of Georgia, and Athens in particular. He spent 17 years as either a coach or an athletic director in the Peach State. He was the head coach at North Oconee High School and served as an assistant coach at Oconee High School and Grayson High School, all three of which are close to Athens. Jones has spent time in south and middle Georgia as well, working as a head football coach and athletic director at Griffin High School and Wayne County High School. In 2005, Jones was named Georgia High School Athletic Director of the Year.

“I’m very excited to support the University of Georgia, Coach Richt and the rest of the coaching staff with our football recruiting efforts,” Jones told DawgNation. “As a former high school head football coach, athletic director and administrator, I have always taken a great deal of pride in supporting our University.”

No stranger to recruiting, Jones was the Under Armour manager of football camps, combines and 7-on-7 projects. He also served as an assistant coach twice at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Jones earned his bachelor's degree in political science and education at Long Island University C. W. Post. He played wide receiver and was a decathlete for the Pioneers before going on to serve as a volunteer assistant coach at Hofstra and Duke. He would subsequently earn his master's degree in educational administration at the University of Maryland, where he was a graduate assistant coach.