Sanders Settling In

ATHENS - When Sanders Commings walks onto the field this fall, Georgia fans will be certain he's a safety.

And, in fact, that's the position Commings called home when he starred at Westside High School in Augusta. Commings was a SuperPrep All-Dixie team member and a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com, in the recruiting class of 2008. Commings was recruited as a safety by Georgia as did most of the schools that recruited him (including Florida, Auburn and South Carolina).

Commings did play safety in his brief appearance last season, when he played three games before injuring his shoulder and taking a medical redshirt season.

But he'll take the field in 2009 at cornerback for the Bulldogs, and what a sight it will be. Commings is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, breaking a long streak of Bulldog cornerbacks who have had to stretch to meet 5-foot-10 eye-to-eye.

When defensive coordinator Willie Martinez told Commings he would move to cornerback, he told him size was one of the reasons, Commings said.

"I guess Coach Martinez saw some speed or something and decided to move me to corner," Commings said. "He was like, ‘It'll be good to have a big corner, a guy like (former Bulldog) Paul Oliver who could guard somebody like (former Georgia Tech wide receiver) Calvin Johnson.'"

Now Commings just has to learn the position the way it's taught at the college level, which is with a high degree of technical specification.

"I felt comfortable (with the move), but I had a lot to learn technique-wise," Commings said. "As far as just backpedaling and covering, I felt fine. Hopefully, I can just develop into a true corner."

Head coach Mark Richt lauded Commings for his progress in the spring, but he doesn't expect to take over for departed starter Asher Allen. Brandon Boykin is the frontrunner for that job, Commings said.

His best shot to see the field at his new position this season is in the nickel back position.

"But," he added, "it's still a friendly competition."


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