Insider: Is UGA Done at DB?

Georgia picked up their 17th commitment for the 2014 class class Friday night when cornerback Shattle Fenteng made his declaration. UGA now has two corners, one, possibly two safeties, so are the Dawgs done in the secondary? Find out here...

Georgia picked up one of the top defensive backs in the Junior College circuit when Shattle Fenteng committed Friday night.

This came as no surprise once the Dawgs offered Fenteng last week.

Lets take a look at what UGA how has in the secondary.

Fenteng's a Big Get

Fenteng played wide receiver for three years in high school before moving to corner as a senior at Grayon in Loganville, Ga. He has now played two seasons as a corner, so his best football is definitely ahead of him.

He is close to 6-feet, 2-inches tall and he weighs right around 185 pounds. He had four interceptions and 16 pass breaks in 2012. He really closes on the ball and tackles well. That stands out about Fenteng when you watch his tape. He has very good speed to the ball, he reacts quickly, and he recognizes things in a hurry. He also tracks the ball well, he does a good job of keeping his body between the receiver and the quarterback, and he knows how to make a play on the ball.

Georgia wants Fenteng to be that boundary corner. He will likely be asked to play some press coverage and he will need to work on his hand placement there, his quickness to turn and run, and his back pedal off the ball. He is very comfortable playing off the ball and reading and reacting to the ball in the air.

He is an aggressive player, he has really improved a lot since his high school days, and he has a lot of upside. He is very athletic, he has great length, and he is the type of cornerback UGA is looking for in each class.

A Big Secondary

Georgia now has commitments from Fenteng and Malkom Parrish as cornerbacks and Kendall Gant and Nick Glass as safeties.

We broke Fenteng down above and Parrish is one of the top playmakers in the Peach State. He is such a physical athlete with great quickness. Not many react as quickly as he does and he is great in recovery. He will have to learn a lot about playing cornerback when he gets to Athens, but he is a strong athlete with exceptionally quick feet, great ball skills, and the ability to play bigger than he is (5-10/185).

Gant tracks the ball as well as any safety in the southeast. He has very good length, he reads the quarterback well, and he is a great centerfielder in the secondary. He needs to play a little more physical and he has talked about bringing that to the table this season. He is close to 6-foot-2 and a lean 180 pounds, so he will need to add some mass to his frame. He has a nose for the football, he puts himself in position to make plays, and he has receiver-like hands.

Glass is the wildcard in this group. He could be a big safety or move down to linebacker when he gets to Athens. Glass looks a lot like Alec Ogletree physically at this stage and Ogletree was quicker and a little more fluid. Glass is best, like Ogletree when coming downhill, not when moving backwards. He has decent range, but his best football is when he plays closer to the line of scrimmage. He has solid ball skills and he would make receivers a little weary about coming across the middle due to his size, but in the end, he will likely end up playing inside the box at around 230-235 pounds.

Is UGA Done?

The numbers are getting tighter and tighter with some big fish still out there. One thing that is still unknown right now is, will Rico Johnson ever make it to Athens? And if so, when?

Right now, Georgia still has the likes or Lorenzo Carter, Elisha Shaw, Josh Malone, Raekwon McMillan, Keyon Brown, and Rashaan Evans out there. All are planning to visit UGA again at this point, and outside of McMillan, the Dawgs are at least third on their respective lists.

Lets add more name to that list and this is one to watch here still - D.J. Smith.

Do not sleep on Smith. Sure, UGA could call it quits in the secondary, but Smith and Mark Richt have had many conversations in recent days including one on Friday when Richt was already aware of Fenteng's commitment.

Georgia has moved on from Kendarius Webster, but Smith is still in play. What makes Smith so appealing is - he is athletic, and he could play corner, nickel, or safety on the next level.

You can never have too many good footballs plays with versatility. Georgia is in good shape with Brown, but Auburn will be tough to beat for Evans, it is likely Malone or nobody at receiver and FSU could be the school leading now, and McMillan is a long shot for the Dawgs. Smith is the one to watch.

He is a 6-foot-1, close to 200 pound athlete out of Marietta (Ga.) Walton and Clemson and Tennessee are looked at as the schools to beat, but Richt has put some time and energy into this one lately. Do not be surprised to see Smith in Athens for the South Carolina game.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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