Mike Ekeler was unfamiliar to most of the current players on the Georgia team when he was hired after a season at Southern California to coach Georgia’s inside linebackers.
Tim Kimbrough said he already had a good relationship with him because Ekeler recruited Kimbrough when he was co-defensive coordinator at Indiana.
Kimbrough, a sophomore from Indianapolis, chose to go to Georgia, not to stay home, but now Ekeler is his position coach.
“He kind of made a little joke, ‘You thought you were going to get away from me,’” said Kimbrough, who had five tackles as a freshman.
Kimbrough was excited when recruited by Ekeler to Indiana, but not so excited about the team.
“I didn’t want to go to IU because they were just a bad college football team and I felt like going to a good school where I could compete,” Kimbrough said.
Ekeler also coaches senior Ramik Wilson.
“He’s passionate, real passionate,” Wilson said. “He’s hyper, very hyper, but he’s a really good dude, really good coaching. He’s going to help me improve on the things that I need to improve on, all of us as a group and he’s going to make.”