While Brown's comments came on the first day that the university posted the job, it also served as a clue toward the direction the Longhorns would go with the position. Thursday, Texas announced that Patrick Suddes, the former associate director of football operations at Alabama, would be joining the Texas staff as the first person to fill the newly created director of player personnel position.
“When I was growing up, The University of Texas was always one of the programs that I thought about as a great place to be because of its tradition and history as a winning program,” Suddes said. “This is the only job I would have left the Alabama program for. I think being able to grow within a system and building something new here is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up."
Per the university's release, Suddes will now "serve as the point person on all of the Longhorns' recruiting efforts, as well as coordinate the Texas football camps and high school coaches clinic."
“I worked for Coach (Nick) Saban for years and learned everything I know from him," Suddes said. "I can’t thank him enough for all of the great opportunities he gave me. Everyone at Alabama was great to work with, and I appreciate all of them so much. But, when this came up, I was really interested in using what I learned and taking it somewhere else and trying to help out in whatever way I can."
Suddes spent the last six years at Alabama, his alma mater, including the last five years as associate director of football operations. As football operations jobs typically go, his duties were wide-ranged and included supervising and planning the annual coaching clinic, coordinating team travel, overseeing youth and high school camps, team practice organization, overseeing the annual team banquet and organizing and evaluating the walk-on program.
“I’m really passionate about not just helping to find and recruit the best prospects, but getting to know the kids,” Suddes said. “I think it’s key in this day and age because there are a lot of good players out there, but I really like being able to sit down and see what a player's makeup is.
"I think that's an exciting part for me," Suddes said. "Having been in the pros and coming back to college, that's why I like college so much, you have such an impact on a player going from high school to college and hopefully going to the NFL. When they get to the NFL, they're pretty much set in their ways, but in college, you can really make an impact in a kid's life, especially coming to a place like this with so much pride and tradition. It's a big selling point."
Before his promotion to associate director of football operations, Suddes spent one year as Alabama's associate director of recruiting and video services, where he oversaw all day-to-day recruiting operations, collected and prepared recruiting film for coach evaluation, maintained the team recruiting board, helped organize and plan all recruiting events and oversaw all organization of the summer camps.
“We are so excited to have Patrick joining our staff,” Brown said. “He’s a guy that is very passionate about recruiting and building a team. He has a great deal of experience in recruiting and player personnel both at the college and pro levels. Everyone we talked to said he’s the guy you need, and then Patrick knocked us out in his interview. He’s a very personable guy, but he’s also aggressive and competitive in his approach. I know he’s a guy that will come right in and hit the ground running, which is exactly what we need. I think he’s the perfect fit to build and lead our player personnel department.
“I can’t thank DeLoss (Dodds) and Bill (Powers) enough for supporting us and providing us the resources to have the best people in place to help us evaluate and recruit the top prospects. This new area will be critical in the continued growth of our program, and I’m excited to be a part of its development in the years to come.”
Saban said that Suddes "has always done an excellent job with every responsibility he's had."
"I'm sure he'll do the same at Texas," Saban added.
Suddes began his career as a recruiting intern at LSU, where he assisted in day-to-day recruiting operations and quality control on offense and defense. From there, he followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins, working in 2005 as a defensive assistant and in 2006 as an offensive assistant. In both spots, he worked on quality control, including breakdowns and scouting reports of opponents, organizing game plans and self-scouting. He worked with the secondary and ran the scout team offense and special teams as a defensive assistant, while working with running backs and running the scout team defense and special teams as an offensive assistant. During the offseason, he also worked in the scouting department, editing free agent and rookie film.
When he was in Miami, he also spent time around former Longhorn Heisman Trophy winner and Dolphin running back Ricky Williams.
“I had a chance to be around Pat when he was with the Dolphins,” Williams said. “He was one of those ambitious young guys that was always working and doing anything he could to help the team. I’m not surprised to see he’s worked his way up in the profession and had so much success. Coach Brown only hires the best, so it’s exciting to have him at Texas.”