Although it remains to be seen whether or not Todd Grantham will be offered the defensive coordinator's job with the New Orleans Saints, three of the players he helped recruit to Georgia hopes that he stays.
On Thursday, Georgia made four of its 13 early enrollees available for interviews, including the trio of Chris Mayes, Quincy Mauger and Reggie Wilkerson.
Naturally, the conversation turned to Grantham, who Georgia announced earlier in the day will interview for the position with the Saints.
"I want him to do the best for him, but I hope he does stay," said Mauger, who credits Grantham for his Bulldog offer following a strong showing at the annual Mark Richt camp last summer.
He wasn't the only one.
"I'd love for Coach to stay here but that's not up to me," Wilkerson said. "I want him to stay. We've done a lot of great things here and I'd like him to still be a part of it."
Mayes heard about the news shortly before coming in for interviews.
"Coach Grantham is a great coach, but I came to play for Georgia, the University of Georgia," Mayes said. "It would be sad to lose him but you've got to move on."
Grantham informed athletic director Greg McGarity as required by his contract of the Saints' interest to interview him for their vacant defensive coordinator's job.
According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Grantham and former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan are both interviewing for the job.
The paper says that head coach Sean Payton wants to switch to a 3-4 and both coaches have experience working with the scheme.
Earlier, ESPN reported that the Saints were on the verge of hiring Ryan, but sources for NTP writer Larry Holder said that was "not a done deal."