East Marion – Columbia, Miss.
No. 49 S in the country
No. 17 overall player in Mississippi
Georgia nabbed two early enrollee three-star safeties out of Mississippi for the class of 2015. The first being Johnathan Abram.
“I chose the University of Georgia because it feels like home, and I feel like my chances are greater playing there,” Abram said. “I just lost the coaching staff. It’s a great staff.”
Abram, out of East Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi, chose to leave his home state and head to Athens for a multitude of reasons. But one big factor in his commitment was defensive coordinator and Abram’s now position coach Jeremy Pruitt.
“He’s a great evaluator. He gave me a chance when no one else did,” Abram said. “I love the schemes that he runs.”
Abram was so confident in the Georgia defense that he began recruiting Jarvis Wilson, the second early enrollee from Mississippi, to join him in Athens.
As seen with Dominick Sanders in 2014, Pruitt is not afraid to utilize freshmen early and effectively, so it may not be too long before seeing Abram in action. Though listed as a safety, he is hoping to be a versatile tool in the backfield, likening his role to former Georgia cornerback Damian Swann.
"I will be playing a little bit of everywhere at Georgia. They will move me around like Damian Swann," Abram told Scout.
Playing different positions is nothing new to Abram. Though he signed on to be part of Pruitt’s secondary, Abram had his time at quarterback in high school. And wasn’t too shabby, according to national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. Don’t look for him to be thrown into the quarterback battle at UGA, but his position flexibility fits in well with the Pruitt defense, giving Abram plenty of opportunity to earn playing time.
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 44 ranked safety nationally, No. 18 ranked safety in the South region, No. 3 Safety in Mississippi… 2014 MAC Defensive Player of the Year… Named to the 2014 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Football roster
SCOUTING: He makes plays. When the play broke down when he played quarterback you could really see where he’s special. He’s got great balls skills, and he’s tough. I touched on ball skills. It is pretty clear - at least reading between the lines - that Jeremy Pruitt loves guys who can make a play on the football… not just bat the ball down. — Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: How well can Johnathan Abram cover? We know that he can make plays, but can he cover the way you need to in this conference having played so little consequential time at defensive back in high school?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Here’s a player with tremendous playmaking ability who is going to have to transfer those skills to the defensive side of the ball. That’s going to be the thing to watch here: is Abram Bacarri Rambo just five years later? Or is he a guy who is going to struggle coming from small-town Mississippi football in the bit time in Athens? Time will well, but Abram has an infectious personality. That will help him during his journey along the way.