In all the headline grabbing hoopla surrounding the Georgia Bulldogs—completion of their regular season, a guaranteed trip to Atlanta to face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Championship, and a 50-50 shot at landing in the National Championship game depending on Saturday’s outcome—some may have missed Georgia’s latest commit, Kennar Johnson.
Johnson is another JUCO prospect but, unlike other big names who have joined the ranks thus far, Johnson’s name isn’t as well-known. Prior to his commitment Saturday, many probably didn’t have a clue that Georgia was a) still looking for defensive backs, the position Johnson is slated to play or b) recruiting any player at that position beyond Brendan Langley—who recently flipped his commitment from South Carolina to UGA last week.
So who is Kennar Johnson? He is a 6’2″, 185 lb, self-described “ball-hawk’ for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and he tallied 34 tackles and three pass break-ups for them this season. He wasn’t highly-recruited out of East Ridge High School (Clermont, FL), but he’s made a small name for himself in the JUCO ranks after two seasons and he’s certainly a player with some upside.
A quick-look at his film reveals two things: 1) he makes good breaks on the ball and 2) he’s capable of making plays from just about anywhere on the football field. And while he doesn’t possess phenomenal speed (he runs about a 4.5 forty), he’s more than capable of keeping up with the more physical receivers he’s likely to face at the next level due to his ability to defend the pass and he looks to be a sure-tackler in space if he gets into one-on-one situations.
He’s a bit lean at 6’2″, 185 lbs, but you have to figure one off-season in the teams’ S&C program would net him 10-15 pounds of muscle—assuming he dedicates himself in the weight room—and that would put him in contention for the immediate playing time he’s already envisioning himself receiving in light of Georgia’s potential secondary losses following this season.
Shaq Fluker might be looking around a bit, despite being committed to Georgia since last summer. But, according to Kipp Adams of Dawgnation, Fluker would still like to end up with the Bulldogs—if things go as planned.
“Nothing has changed with me and Georgia,” Fluker said. “They are still my first option and I hope to stay with them. Texas and Georgia are really the only ones I am considering right now.”
Fluker made 31 tackles and five interceptions this season. In October, Fluker found out he would not be a mid-year graduate, as he had hoped [emphasis added]. Georgia has remained in contact with Fluker since he got the news.
“Georgia said they would keep me posted and to just keep working out,” Fluker said. “They plan to send me a playbook and they want me to come and go over it during the spring. Coach [Scott] Lakatos last week said he is ready for me to get down there and he wished I could be there in the spring.”
It’s unclear what changed for Fluker academically to keep him from coming to Georgia in January, but that could be the bump in the proverbial road that has allowed the Texas Longhorns to come in and make a push for him. That said, you can expect Georgia to do all they can to keep Fluker’s interest as the talented JUCO prospect has a ton of potential at the BCS-level and could potentially be a major impact player wherever he lands next year.