ATHENS – In a week-long series of articles, Dean Legge takes a look at Georgia's recruiting; today, the safeties.
Overview: Georgia has talent at safety – they seemingly always do. C.J. Byrd may not be spectacular, but he's steady – and that's something you have to have at the back end of a defense. It took Reshad Jones a little time, as it does all youngsters, to get every nuance of the Georgia scheme down. Now that he's done that look for him to explode into an All-SEC-type player. I doubt he will get that recognition because this is only his second year in the league, but by the end of the year he may be good enough for second team at the spot. Quentin Banks seems the likely candidate to take over if there are any injures as he's been talked about a lot over the last few months. I will be interested to see if the year off helped John Knox get used to college ball. Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo were both outstanding players on teams that depended on them to play both quarterback and safety. What will it be like for those two to only concentrate on one posision?
Total safeties: 7 in 2008; 6 in 2009 (at this moment)
Starters: Reshad Jones and C.J. Byrd
Backups: Quentin Banks, John Knox, Donavon Baldwin, Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo
Signed in 2008: Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo
Won't be here in 2009: C.J. Byrd
Committed for 2009: Shawn Williams (He could easily grow into a linebacker, but that's the case with many safeties)
What it all means: You know Georgia would love to sign a player from every position every year, but if there is one spot they can skip a position at this season, or at least if its at the bottom of the needs list its safety. The Bulldogs just signed two players in 2008 and redshirted Knox. Those three will be expected to be the players in the secondary after Byrd and Jones, who is a good enough NFL prospect to go early, leave. Kent seemed a likely candidate until he got into a little trouble with the law, and Myles is still out there, too. Tate seems more like a baseball guy now. The rest of the group is out-of-state. It's hard to pencil in just one player at this spot, but Myles could be the de facto if he doesn't commit elsewhere.