Colquitt County (Ga.) High School defensive coordinator Tracy Buckhannon is joining South Alabama as linebackers coach, according to a source.
Buckhannon, 42, had been Colquitt County High’s defensive coordinator the last two seasons. He replaces outside linebackers and defensive ends coach Freddie Roach, who left last month for an off-field role at his alma mater, Alabama.
Buckhannon is the high school’s second straight defensive coordinator to leave for South Alabama, joining Jaguars defensive coordinator Travis Pearson. Buckhannon was safeties coach at Colquitt County during Pearson’s last season at the school in 2012.
Before that, Buckhannon was defensive coordinator at Elmore County (Ala.) for seven seasons, which included being named the state’s top high school assistant in 2009. An Auburn graduate, Buckhannon was also Elmore County’s boys basketball coach and did two stints as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Huntingdon College.
Buckhannon joins a South Alabama program that made its inaugural bowl appearance this past season under coach Joey Jones, who started up the Jaguars program seven years ago and has overseen its transition to the FBS.
South Alabama returns just five starters, but the team does have former Alabama-Birmingham quarterback Cody Clements, who is immediately eligible. Clements played well as a starter last season for UAB, but the Blazers program shuttered following the season.