When Georgia signed Shattle Fenteng in February out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, he looked like he could be an impact recruit.
The turbulent offseason for the Georgia secondary means the Bulldogs need the 6-foot-1 ½, 185-pound Fenteng to be ready to contribute, perhaps even start, now more than ever.
I caught up with Fenteng this week as he finishes up at Hutchinson and get ready to return home to his home state of Georgia, where he played for Grayson High School.
Q: When we talked before signing day, you already had the mindset that you could come in and play like you did at junior college. What’s your mindset now given how much the secondary has changed?
A: I still have the same mindset from day one. I’m going to try to come in and play my best like I did at the junior college level.
Q: Since you signed, Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed, Shaq Wiggins transferred, Brendan Langley moved to wide receiver and Tray Matthews got kicked off the team. What have you made of all of that from where you are?
Q: It kind of sucks because that’s some talent that I’d be glad to play with, but on the other hand it gives the newcomers a fresh start to start. Even if they would have stayed, coach (Jeremy) Pruitt has said no one has a position, no one is guaranteed even if they started the year before. I feel like it’s still the same thing. Everyone’s still getting the same amount of reps, he’s still looking for the ones to start even if they would have never left.
Q: Have you wondered why so many guys in the secondary aren’t there anymore?
A: Yeah, yeah. I wondered. It’s kind of weird. I don’t know. I guess coach Pruitt isn’t taking no (crap). If you don’t respect, I guess he’s going to let them go pretty fast. The way he coaches, he doesn’t care about talent. It’s about people with the right attitude, people who try harder. Sometimes it’s not about being the most talented, sometimes it’s about who works the hardest and respects the coaches, etc.
Q: When is the last time you talked to someone on Georgia’s coaching staff and what did they tell you about how they envision your role now?
A: I haven’t really talked to them. Twelve days ago I talked to one of the coaches and he just hit me up on Twitter and told me to keep working hard. He asked me, how am I doing, and am I working hard? It was coach (Mike Ekeler) and (student assistant) coach (Brandon) Burrows. I haven’t really heard from coach Pruitt. The last time I heard from him was a couple of weeks ago.
Q: The other signees are working out on campus and going to classes. What are you doing now?
A: I’m finishing this class. The last day of class is not this Thursday, but next Thursday. I’ll be in Georgia that following Friday. I don’t know when I’m enrolling but I know I’ll be home for sure.
Q: What class are you finishing up and are you in good shape there?
A: English Composition 2. It’s perfect. I’m definitely going to pass. It ‘s easy. It’s just a matter of time. That’s all.
Q: Where do you expect to line up in August practices and what kind of impact should folks expect from you?
A: I would like to be in the starting lineup. I’m going to work to be in the starting lineup. Let’s just say I have high expectations. I believe (I’ll play) corner. I haven’t heard nothing about safety. I’ve heard people say safety, like reporters and fans and I don’t know where they get it from, but I believe corner.