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Blog: UGA director of on-campus recruiting leaving the program

Two years after he was hired, Georgia director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones is leaving the program.

Jones oversaw official and unofficial visits for the Bulldogs’ football program in the support staff position in the recruiting office.

“After serving the past two years as director of on-campus recruiting for the Georgia football program, I will be pursuing other opportunities going forward,” Jones said in a statement released by the school Wednesday night. “I would like to thank Coach (Mark) Richt for the opportunity of representing the Bulldawg Nation in that capacity. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Richt and all he stands for as a head coach, man, and leader of the football program.”

Jones was being paid $110,000 annually.

The former North Oconee football coach and athletic director–along with the recruiting office–came up with the well-received idea of portraits sent to recruits that were hand drawn by a student graphic designer. Jones was suspended for five days last fall for an NCAA violation involving mailings sent out to high school juniors before the permissible date.

He also previously coached and was AD in high school at Griffin and Wayne County, was an assistant at Grayson and Oconee County and managed camps and combines for Under Armour.

“I enjoyed my role in two top 10 recruiting classes we signed and want to wish everyone involved with the team nothing but success in the years to come,” he said.

Georgia’s recruiting structure has changed since the promotion of running backs coach Bryan McClendon to recruiting coordinator this winter. Nobody on staff had that title since Rodney Garner left for Auburn in December, 2012.

Asked if there would still be an on-campus recruiting director, athletic director Greg McGarity deferred to Richt to answer that question