October 28, 2011

The Big Board - DBs

The Big Board - DB's

• CB Yuri Wright (6-2, 180-pounds, Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep) - Wright is the type of corner coaches are always trying to find. He has the height, long arms, and is a guy that likes to play physical. One of the most impressive aspects of his game is his flexibility. Wright's hip turn is excellent and he does a good job of accelerating to catch up to balls if he is beaten. He is also a solid tackler and he always plays under control.

Recruiting: Wright has teams from all over the U.S. on his list. Rutgers, Michigan, Notre Dame, Colorado, and Georgia are all in serious contention for his signature, but the Bulldogs have made up ground lately. Wright, by all accounts, had an excellent visit with Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos last week, and it appears as if the UGA has put itself in good position.

• S Elijah Shumate (6-1, 205-pounds, Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep) - Shumate is a teammate of Wright's that plays both running back and safety for Don Bosco. Shumate is an active safety with excellent size and good coverage skills. He will likely play strong safety at the next level, and he isn't afraid of contact. He is a solid tackler with good instincts and really good football speed. He also takes excellent angles to the football. Recruiting: South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus as a great relationship with Shumate and that has caused many to believe that South Carolina is his leader. Like Wright, Shumate is also considering Michigan, Rutgers, and Georgia. The visit last week from Lakatos had an impact on Shumate as well, and he is taking notice at the recent success of the Bulldogs. If Georgia can get Wright and Shumate on campus, together, then Georgia may put themselves in good shape for the talented safety.

• S/CB Chaz Elder (6-2, 180-pounds, College Park, Banneker) - Elder is a versatile athlete that can play safety or corner at the next level. Some schools like him at one position over the other, but he will likely play a combination of both at the next level. He is very similar to current Georgia hybrid Sanders Commings. He has good speed and good hip turn but neither skill is elite. He does a great job of taking angles and is a ball hawk. He is also a solid tackler but not necessarily a big hitter.

Recruiting: Elder was all Georgia's early in the process before South Carolina offered him as a corner. The Gamecocks took the lead and he was set to commit to them earlier in the fall, but decided to wait. The postponement of that decision was excellent for the Bulldogs, as Georgia has been contacting him regularly to make up ground. Georgia has since told Elder that he will have a chance to play corner at Georgia as well, but South Carolina still has the slight edge. It is a two-team race at this point.


• CB Chris James (6-2, 190-pounds, Fort Meyers, Fla., Atlanta Sports Academy) - James is a guy who has emerged in recent weeks with his play at Atlanta Sports Academy. Schools from all over the country such as Indiana, South Florida, Central Florida, Oklahoma State, and Georgia are interested in him, but he has yet to land that first big offer. He is, without a doubt, very raw but he has excellent straight-line speed and good flexibility. He is an ideal zone corner but will need some work before he becomes a great corner in man coverage.

• CB Roshaun Milline (6-0, 185-pounds, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co.) - Milline is an excellent athlete with very good speed. He opened some eyes at Dawg Night back in the spring, but he has yet to get an offer. Milline lacks polish and experience as a defensive back, but he is someone that Georgia could take a longer look at if they miss on Wright. He has plenty of room to grow, and coaches like his make up, as he is fast, flexible, and a very good leaper.

The Run Down

At this point, it appears that Georgia wants to take one safety and one corner in this class. If it is fortunate enough to land Wright, Shumate, and Elder it will undoubtedly take all three. Last year's class was filled with defensive backs so it makes sense that this year will be much smaller. The Bulldogs have very few targets and it appears that they are burning up the lines of communication to enhance their chances for those targets.

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