Big names targeted at DB

Georgia lost a defensive back off their commitment list last week when four-star Rico McGraw flipped his commitment to Alabama. The Dawgs are far from done at this position and you can get the very latest here…

Out of Georgia’s 17 verbal commitments, only two are a lock to play in the defensive secondary. Deandre Baker, a three-star cornerback out of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern who committed to Georgia back in June at a camp in Athens, Ga. and safety Deontai Williams, a recent Florida flip out of Jacksonville. Baker is an early enrollee.

Five-star Terry Godwin is a wildcard here -- Is he a cornerback, is he is a wide receiver, or is he simply an athlete UGA could end up playing on both sides of the ball? It looks like he could start out at wide receiver, but it is likely he sees time on defense too.

Defensive backs is a big, very big need for Georgia in this class -- especially with guys like Tray Matthews, Shaquille Wiggins, and Josh Harvey-Clemons all moving on for different reasons.

The big-time targets are there for Georgia and here is a look at some of the ones it is play for at this time.

Micah Abernathy | 4-star CB | Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian
A decision is “likely” in the month of August for one of the top athletes in the Peach State. Georgia is up there likely in Abernathy’s top two or three right now. Tennessee could be trending a little here due to his connection with UT head coach, Butch Jones, who coached Micah’s older brother, Ralph Abernathy while at Cincinnati. Jeremy Pruitt has a great connection here, Abernathy worked well under Pruitt at Dawg Night, and the location only helps the Dawgs as well. Ohio State is also a true contender here.

Donte Jackson | 4-star CB | Jefferson (La.) Riverdale
LSU may be picking up some steam in this race after Georgia held the lead for a couple of months. Since Jackson spent time in Athens for close to three full days in July, Jackson has tripped to Baton Rouge, La. twice. If location plays into his decision, big advantage LSU, and he also likes Tiger coaches Corey Raymond, Frank Wilson, and Les Miles. Pruitt is on this one, he has made this one personal, and UGA is still very much in the race, but the momentum may be shifting a little towards the in-state school at this time.

Tarvarus McFadden | 4-star CB | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage
Georgia is more in this one than some may think. McFadden played with Isaiah McKenzie and Sony Michel at American Heritage, so he has a few in his ear about the Dawgs. McFadden named six schools he was considering strongly for official visits recently and Georgia was one of those. Expect UGA to get a visit from this versatile defensive back who could play corner or safety on the next level.

Rico McGraw | 4-star CB | Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth
Most know the story here, but expect Georgia to stay involved. McGraw is another versatile defensive back who Pruitt likes and you can expect the two to stay in contact. The commitment now is Alabama’s, but nothing is final until the paperwork is signed. This race is not over yet.

Rashad Roundtree | 4-star S | Evans (Ga.) Lakeside
No decision coming soon here according to the Scout 100 safety, but Georgia has been trending in recent weeks. Roundtree spent a lot of time with Georgia commitments at Dawg Night and he feels comfortable with the Bulldog staff. Roundtree recently released a top six and Georgia was the first school listed although he made clear it was in no order. He sees the need at safety, he knows he is a top target, and you can expect Georgia be in the middle of this race until the end.

Dante Shipman | NR CB | Glendale (Calif.) Glendale Junior College
As of right now, it looks like Shipman will be in Athens the Clemson weekend for an official visit. Georgia offered early on, he knows he is a priority for the staff, and he has high interest in the Dawgs. A commitment before he leaves UGA the last day in August is possible, so he could be another on Commitment Watch as we inch closer to the end of the month.

Darius Slayton is a wildcard here and Georgia is very much involved with him as well. The four-star athlete plays at GAC with Abernathy and like his teammate, a decision in August will likely take place. Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and a few others are involved as he closes in on a decision. There has been a lot of talk between him and Georgia about wide receiver, so he could get a look there first if he chooses the Dawgs. He worked out on both sides of the ball at Dawg Night.

Georgia commit Shaquery Wilson is another versatile athlete, a lot like Godwin. Wilson, like Slayton is in that 6-foot-1, 185 pound range and he could easily project as a corner or safety as he could wide receiver. The athlete out of Coral Gables, Fla. is committed as that, an athlete right now. His position will likely be determined once this class plays out and as he gets on campus.

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