Georgia Recruiting: Bulldogs Looking to Add More DB Talent in 2014

T.J. Harrell is one of a handful of DB prospects to receive an offer from new DC Jeremy Pruitt. The Bulldogs initially offered Harrell as a running back. Photo Scott Purks

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Georgia Bulldogs have been hot on the trail for defensive backs since Jeremy Pruitt (Defensive Coordinator) arrived.

Of course that could be because Pruitt prefers to have a great deal of depth in the secondary—considering he’ll be coaching the defensive backs, you could hardly blame him—or it could mean there’s a lot of ‘dime’ formations in Georgia’s future…I’ll touch on that in a later post.

T.J. Harrell was on campus this past weekend for an official visit and, word on the street (if you pay attention to that sort of chatter) is that he’s very interested in the Bulldogs. If that’s true, it would be another pretty significant get for Georgia, especially when you consider the Bulldogs weren’t even on Harrell’s radar a couple of weeks ago.

Harrell said he’s narrowed his options down to Texas, Louisville and Michigan State, but likely won’t make a decision until he signs his name on the dotted line. Louisville wants him to play defensive back, Texas wants him to play running back, and at Michigan State, he said, it could be any of the three positions. (Kelly Parsons, tampabay.com)

Fast-forward to this posting, and Harrell is beginning to look like a possibility for Georgia, again; the Bulldogs initially offered Harrell as a running back, but backed off after receiving the verbal commitments of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. 

Louisville made a strong pitch last weekend, though, under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham—placing the Cardinals back in the mix—but after an official visit to Athens, Harrell sees the Bulldogs as a legitimate option; and it probably didn’t hurt to have one of the Bulldogs’ top prospects in his ear either.

Even though it was his official visit, (Dyshon)Sims said he did take some time to do some recruiting while on campus and spent time with T.J. Harrell.

“I think he likes up there. We are going to see,” Sims said. (Rusty Mansell, Dawgs247)

Harrell has the ability to play either offense (RB) or defense (LB/DB), but will most likely end up on the defensive side of the ball because of his ability to make up ground, deliver the big hit, and instinctively react to the snap of the ball.

For now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ultimately ends up at Louisville or even Michigan State, but the Bulldogs certainly made up some serious ground over the weekend.

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4 comments for “Georgia Recruiting: Bulldogs Looking to Add More DB Talent in 2014

  1. DawgByte
    01/27/2014 at 4:52 pm
    “Of course that could be because Pruitt prefers to have a great deal of depth in the secondary—considering he’ll be coaching the defensive backs, you could hardly blame him—or it could mean there’s a lot of ‘dime’ formations in Georgia’s future…I’ll touch on that in a later post.”

    I think the more likely scenario is he took a look at film and said, “Holy sh*t, I’ve got zip to work with here!” Our current crop of DB’s are the worst I’ve ever seen at UGA. The outgoing defensive staff should be ashamed of the product they trotted out on the field last year. Pathetic.

    • 01/27/2014 at 5:15 pm
      LOL! I’m sure the lack of quality depth has played a part, too. Georgia really only has three or four legitimate starters in the secondary—Wiggins, Matthews (if healthy), Swann (when he remembers how to play), and Harvey-Clemons (when he’s being JHC instead of smoking THC)—but some of that “pathetic” play was about bad/no coaching too, and I’m hoping that Pruitt can get more out of what’s here than Lakatos and Grantham apparently could.

      It should be interesting.

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