Georgia filling spot on defensive staff

Georgia is set to hire South Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer on its defensive staff, according to a source.

Sherrer and new Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt were on staff together at Alabama and before that at Hoover (Ala.) High School.

Sherrer, who was said to be in Athens on Wednesday, could be line to coach one of the linebacker positions for the Bulldogs.

Neither South Alabama nor Georgia confirmed the hire Wednesday, but South Alabama coach Joey Jones told the Mobile (Ala.) Register that Sherrer and Georgia had talked about a position. Routine background checks must be completed before any announcement.

When Sherrer was hired at South Alabama last January, Jones said: “Kevin is one of the smartest coaches I have been around, he really understands the game from top to bottom.”

Sherrer, 40, spent one season at South Alabama after serving three years as director of player development at Alabama while Pruitt was defensive backs coach. Sherrer was an assistant for five years at Hoover, working under Pruitt for two and then succeeding him as defensive coordinator when Pruitt joined the Alabama staff in an administrative role.

At South Alabama, his defense ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense (384.3 yards per game) and second in scoring defense (25.2 points per game).

Sherrer was a tight end from 1993-95 at Alabama, lettering for one season. He was teammates with Pruitt and Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend under Gene Stallings.

Sherrer earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the school. He was a defensive graduate assistant at Alabama from 1998-2000 and was also an assistant coach at Tuscaloosa (Ala.) County and Spain Park (Ala.) high schools.

Sherrer was making $140,000 a year at South Alabama, according to USA Today’s salary database. The lowest salary for a Georgia football assistant coach last season was $235,000.

Georgia still has two openings to fill on its defensive staff. It also has an opening on its strength and conditioning staff. Assistant Justin Lovett, who was on staff for two seasons, left for another position.

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