Report: Lilly on the way to Georgia

John Lilly

ATHENS – Florida State tight ends coach John Lilly is headed to Georgia to fill the same spot, according to a Florida newspaper's report.

Lilly, who also is the Seminoles recruiting coordinator, won't be officially named until later this week, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, which cited FSU sources in a story posted on its Web site Monday night.

Georgia sports communication director Claude Felton could not confirm nor deny Lilly's hiring, he said Monday evening. Head coach Mark Richt is out of town recruiting and could not be reached for comment.

The Bulldogs have a vacancy due to the departure of David Johnson, who left Georgia after seven years to return to his alma mater, West Virginia University.

Lilly has been at Florida State for 13 seasons and has been the recruiting coordinator there for the last 10 seasons. He worked with Richt on the Seminoles' staff from 1995-2000, when Richt left to become the Bulldogs' head coach. Four of the Seminoles' last six recruiting classes have been ranked in the top four nationally.

Lilly would become just the third former FSU assistant to work for Richt in Athens, joining wide receivers coach John Eason and strength and conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger.

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