Patrick, Young Dawgs, Playing Great

Natrez Patrick, a newcomer thing spring, has been turning heads - including Mark Richt's.

ATHENS - When Georgia’s recruiting class usually becomes official, coach Mark Richt is hesitant to name which handful of guys he thinks might make an instant impact.

After 15 spring practices, he didn’t shy away when asked Thursday to name which early enrollees made a statement or look they may be ready to contribute.

“It’s hard to say, but Natrez Patrick I think he looks like he found a home anyway there,” Richt said of the Mays High product who is now playing inside linebacker after practicing on the outside. “I’m not saying he’s going to start or anything like that. I think he’s got a good body type and a good disposition to play that middle linebacker position.”

Patrick, who had eight tackles and a sack on G-Day, “probably made the biggest impression,” of the early enrollees, Richt said.

The “young safeties,” referring to Jarvis Wilson and Johnathan Abram, have been “hot and cold and have been making some plays.” Tight end Jackson Harris “has got the skillset to do well and he’s learning pretty quick.”

Linebacker transfers Jake Ganus and Chuks Amaechi, he said, “are going to help us win.”

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