Coach's Take: CU Target George Has P5 Ability

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has a strong connection to Georgia Military College, one that’s helping the Buffaloes bolster their roster with junior college talent.

Georgia Military defensive back Kevin George is in Boulder this weekend for an official visit with the Buffs. The 6-foot-3 George has quite a bit of upside, according to Georgia Military head coach Bert Williams.

Williams took a few minutes from a hectic schedule of helping JUCO players find their next football homes, as well as adding 25-30 players to his 2017 class.  

“Kevin played corner back for us in our 3-3 defensive scheme [similar to what Arizona employs on defense]. We employ multiple coverage schemes and Kevin had to be proficient in both man and zone coverages,” Williams said of George.

At 6-3, George certainly has the size to hold his own in any coverage . Williams describes the DB as a ball hawk who is primed to make the jump to D-1.

“Kevin’s biggest assets are his size and physical abilities. You do not find many 6-3 corners out there with the skill to match up with FBS receivers, but Kevin has those skills. Also, the ball seems to find a way to Kevin’s hands when he is on the field – or maybe more appropriately, Kevin seems to find a way to put the ball into his hands and create turnovers when he is on the field,” Williams continued.

“His biggest weakness currently is his fundamentals – being 6-3 and athletic/quick doesn’t always translate into success against highly talented FBS level receivers.  He has some learning/development to do in these areas, but his upside when he gets proficient in his fundamentals is in my opinion, extraordinary.”

George’s recruiting was limited coming out of high school, but things have picked with Pac-12 interest. Colorado’s newly crowned chief nemesis -- Oregon -- has been in touch with Georgia Military.

“Kevin was an initial qualifier from a smaller school in Louisiana who received limited recruitment coming out of high school. We had two sophomores who were returning at cornerback this year so most of the attention initially went to them, and Kevin missed sometime early in the season as he learned our system and got his feet under him,” Williams said.

“He began to get some more attention as schools came into watch games/film and saw him and wondered who this cat was. He has had serious attention from several FBS schools in Louisiana and the Southeast as well as getting the attention of Colorado and Oregon in recent weeks. Calls now coming in as his visit has become known – the standard domino effect in JC recruits.”

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Williams and MacIntyre's track record together dates back to the early 1990s when they were coming up through the ranks as grad assistants. Georgia Military’s head man has the utmost respect for CU’s leader.

“Mike and I have known each other since working together at UGA in 1990 and 1991 as grad assistants. We have stayed in touch over the years and he has recruited our players when at other schools over the years,” Williams said.

“Coach MacIntyre has an appreciation for the program and the requirements we have here at Georgia Military College so when we have a young man that is a good fit for his programs he always looks into them. From my perspective, Mike is a coach who cares about his players and staff and who is going to work/drive/develop them into successful people and our players at GMC appreciate that."

While George seemingly has all the tools to transition to the Pac-12, there’s still room for development. Should the DB pick the Buffs, CU will likely usher the him directly into the weight room at the Champions Center.

“Kevin needs to be excited about developing his fundamental skills and he needs to continue to develop his body in the weight room,” Williams reiterated on improvements he hopes to see from George.

Teaching and molding a young defensive back? Sounds like coach Macintyre’s specialty. We'll follow up with George after his official to Boulder.


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