Legge's Thoughts: Brini Commits to UGA

Dean Legge talks about Latavious Brini's commitment, and what it means.

Four-star defensive back Latavious Brini will need to develop over time, but he seems to make plays when the ball is around - that’s all you can ask for from a player on the defensive side of the ball. Brini often plays press coverage and can take the ball away from the other team and turn it into six points for his side. 

At 6-2, 180, Brini is a bigger corner. We can see Kirby Smart’s vision of a big defense coming together now - even in the secondary. 

Brini was supposed to announce his decision on the last day of July, but decided to pull the trigger for the Dawgs over Miami and Notre Date late on July 3rd. Could that mean UGA is on the outs with DeAngelo Gibbs, AJ Terrell, Jamyest Williams or Jacoby Stevens? Maybe with one of them, but its very likely that UGA will still sign a few of those players. 

There’s no question UGA has recruiting momentum, as the Bulldogs now sit in the top five, and very well could find themselves with a top three class at the end of the recruiting cycle. UGA has never finished ranked above No. 4 in Scout’s national recruiting rankings. Brini, ranked No. 260 nationally, is one of nine UGA players ranked in Scout’s Top 300 - or 75%. 

Top 300 players aren’t new to the Bulldogs, but Mark Richt’s signing classes typically hit around 50% of the players being in the Scout 300 - not 75%. That’s been a major difference between Kirby and Richt already. 

Kirby has kept (from the previous staff) or gotten commitments from 34 players since he arrived in Athens. 24 of those players, or 71%, are ranked in the Scout 300. One signee (2019’s Luke Griffin) is not currently ranked because no rankings have come out for his class. Another non-Scout 300 player is punter Marshall Long. When those two are taken into consideration, exactly 75% of the players Kirby has gotten commitments from or signed so far are Scout Top 300 players. 

That’s never happened before in modern recruiting history at UGA (2000-today). It may have never happened in UGA history ever. That is a heck of a tear. 

Chad Simmons, who is Scout’s National Recruiting analyst, says that Brini still has work to do. 

“His technique is a little raw,” Simmons said. “But he has so much to like and has upside. He needs to work on his footwork and back pedal, but he has great length and excellent range. His size helps with recovery, and he has the ability to be VERY good at Georgia.”

That remains to be been seen, of course, as Brini has made clear that he will take all five of his official visits. Trips to UGA, Miami and Notre Dame seem set in stone. The other two are a little more up in the air it seems - Alabama, Florida State, LSU and USC are all still candidates for a visit.

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