Recruiting is an everyday thing for college football coaches trying to load up on talent for their teams.
Some days it’s just not that important.
Georgia inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti has tried to approach his job as “business as usual,” even after his daughter Kasyn was diagnosed last year with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but he told defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that during the offseason he wanted to be able to be with the now 5-year old when she had chemotherapy treatments on Tuesdays.
“He’s great and coach (Mark) Richt’s great with that stuff,” Olivadotti said.
Olivadotti’s still chasing four and five-star prospects most of the time.
“I told Rodney (Garner) at one point, `How important is it for me to see this 2015 linebacker?’” Olivadotti said of a conversation with Georgia’s recruiting coordinator. “He said `Man, turn the car around and go home.’ …They know that I won’t ask unless I really feel strongly about it.”
Olivadotti said two weeks ago that Kasyn is considered to be in remission and “is doing good.” She did “a 62-day stretch,” at an Atlanta hospital last year starting in mid-June, but now goes to a hospital for chemo every 28 days.
“She takes a chemo pill every night and then she has a big chemo on Tuesday at home,” said Olivadotti. “She takes like 10 different pills. So then by the end of the week, she starts feeling kind of crummy.”
Olivadotti and his wife Keely also have a son, Kruz, who turns three next month.
Kasyn will start half-day kindergarten at Mars Hill Baptist Church this school year.
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