February 20, 2012

Who is the future at DB?

The Future at DB

The defensive backfield will be an area of great emphasis for the Georgia coaching staff for the 2013 recruiting cycle. The Bulldogs were only able to bring in one defensive back, Sheldon Dawson, in 2012, so they will be looking to bring in up to three cornerbacks and three safeties for the in 2013.


• CB Shaquille Wiggins (Sandy Creek) - Wiggins has elite ball skills and quickness. He is a competitor that works hard on and off the field and plays with a fearless attitude against both the run and the pass. The only knock on him at this point is his size as he is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds. He is very thin at this point, but if he maintains his quickness while he continues to grow, he will be a big time cornerback at the next level.

• S Tray Matthews (Newnan) - Matthews is one of the most feared tacklers in the state of Georgia. The Rivals100 prospect plays with a great deal of intensity at all times, and is completely fearless when making tackles in space. He is great against the run, but still very good against the pass as well. The one area where he needs to improve at this point is his pursuit angles. He likes to play down hill so much that he will sometimes miss a play because he is looking to square up the tackle. That is something that will improve with film study and experience.

Main Targets

• Ath Nedir Barnwell (Piscataway, Piscataway, N.J.) - Barnwell is a physical, athletic cornerback prospect that could also play on the offensive side of the ball. He has excellent flexibility, and has shown the ability to support the run on the edge. Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina are his SEC offers, and they will likely work hard to beat the home team, Rutgers, and Notre Dame.

• S Vonn Bell (Ridgeland) - Bell is a bit of an oddity in the recruiting world because he lives in Ooltewah, Tenn., but goes to school at Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia. Bell is a great athlete with solid ball skills and instincts. Georgia was the first to offer, and they are a school he is very much considering along with Tennessee, and Alabama.

• DB Brendan Langley (Kell) - Langley is a name that has been on the rise lately. Just a week ago, the Kell Longhorn didn't have a single offer, now he has six, and all are from SEC schools. Langley grew up a Georgia fan, and will be on campus at UGA in the near future. Langley is an excellent defender with a great frame at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. He maintains that he is open at this point, but most believe Georgia has the edge at this time. Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and South Carolina have also offered.

Targets without offer

• CB Derrick Farrow (Bleckley County) - Farrow is an excellent athlete and an even better pure football player. He hasn't played much defensive back at this point in his career, but was impressive at the Rising Seniors practices in December. He has no offers at this time.

• CB Jaylon Myers (Georgia Military) - The first thing that jumps out with Myers is his size. He is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, and has excellent speed. He plays a physical brand of football that the Georgia defensive staff likes, and could receive and offer by the end of the spring. Myers has stated that he would jump at the chance if Georgia offered him.

• S Taj Letman (Holmes C.C., Ridgeland, Miss.) Letman grew up 45 minutes from Athens in Elberton, and has stated that he would commit to UGA as soon as he received an offer. Letman has excellent speed and is similar to current Georgia free safety Bacarri Rambo.

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