Given the exit door from the Georgia secondary has seen quite a lot of activity, it’s probably a good time to reintroduce you to some of the new guys that will be manning the back end for the Bulldogs.
Usually, there’s plenty of talk about newcomers making an instant impact.
After the departures of safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (booted and heading to Louisville) and cornerback Shaq Wiggins (transferring out), the move to wide receiver of Brendan Langley and the possible suspension of Tray Matthews for double-dipping tuition checks, the Bulldogs should have plenty of defensive backs seeing their first snaps for Georgia in the secondary against Clemson.
Georgia certainly will rely on returning cornerback Damian Swann and has experience in safeties Corey Moore and Quincy Mauger. The Bulldogs also still have Sheldon Dawson, Devin Bowman and Kennar Johnson, but there is opportunity all over the place for new blood.
–Incoming freshman Malkom Parrrish, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound cornerback from Brooks County High in Quitman.
“I’m not scared of anything,” Parrish said. “I’m not scared of no height. Height doesn’t defeat me. If people want to compete with you, if you are telling me you’re going to beat me, I believe you’re going to have to show me, no matter how tall you are or how strong you are.”
–Junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas who played at Grayson High School in Loganville.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Fenteng committed when Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos were still on staff, but stuck with the Bulldogs when coordinator and secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt took over.
“He’s all about playing man,” Fenteng said. “He knows that’s my specialty.”
–Walk-on cornerback Aaron Davis from Luella High in Locust Grove. He underwent two knee surgeries in high school.
“I just feel like I did the right thing pretty much, what he’s asked for,” Davis said of why Pruitt moved him up to the first team this spring. “Just given him what he wants and I guess that’s how I’ve been moving up.”
Davis and walk-on safety Lucas Redd ended the spring working with the first team.
–Nickel back J.J. Green. He impressed after moving from tailback last winter and is the frontrunner to start at the star position.
“The thing that J.J.’s brought is really a physical and mental toughness, a guy that just really likes football,”coach Mark Richt said.
Another former offensive player, Tramel Terry, is finding his way at safety.
–Redshirt freshman Reggie Wilkerson, who is returning from a torn ACL in the summer of 2013.
“I like what I’ve seen out of him as a competitor,” Pruitt said. “He seems to have some ball skills and he’s got a little savvy about him.”
–Incoming freshmen Shaq Jones from Merritt Island High School in Florida and Dominick Sanders from Tucker.
Grantham may have gained Harvey-Clemons from Georgia, but the Bulldogs landed Jones, who decommitted from Louisville.
New Georgia assistant coach Kevin Sherrer had recruited Jones, a three-star rated prospect by Scout.com, when he was defensive coordinator at South Alabama. Jones had given South Alabama a commitment before switching to Louisville.
Sanders, the brother of former Georgia cornerback Chris Sanders, had been a UCF commit before he switched to Georgia after Pruitt arrived.