What it means: Georgia entered the final stretch of recruiting knowing that it needed a cornerback. They Bulldogs identified Ameer Speed and got him.
And in getting the Dawgs are getting a real-deal powerful corner. No doubt, he’s raw, but he’s a prospect the Bulldogs can throw into a crowded secondary to see what happens with his size. Kirby Smart has made known to insiders his eagerness to sign bigger defensive backs, and Speed checks that box.
At 6-4, 200, Speed looks like a small linebacker or receiver rather than a defensive back. But that’s just what he is. Considered the No. 240 prospect in the country and a four-star recruit, Georgia pulled this one out late, and they should be happy they day.
Dean Legge saw him live: Never
Chad Simmons says: Regardless of which graduating class, there's not many defensive backs that pass the eye test and provide the eye-popping measurables like this standout out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood. Speed takes full advantage of his size and really manhandles receivers at the line in press-man coverage. Speed anticipates and picks things up quickly, and is a high-character kid that's fairly young for his class as well. There's a lot of versatility and potential with Speed.