Otherwise known as “It’s a good time to be a young DB at Georgia.”
We sure hope it is. As Estes points out, Georgia’s secondary is in much the same rough shape it was in going into last season’s opener against Clemson. With two exceptions: Boyd and Watkins won’t be wearing orange this year and Jeremy Pruitt is coaching Georgia’s secondary.
While the latter is cause for optimism, there are plenty of good reasons to temper that. Like this one:
Sensing that he needed DBs immediately, Pruitt had a leading role in signing two of these four, landing late commitments from Jones and Sanders to join others that pre-dated his arrival. But the Bulldogs’ new coordinator admits he doesn’t know any of the signees very well yet.
“I wasn’t recruiting them when I was at Florida State,” Pruitt said. “So there was no previous relationship. I was getting to know them in a two-week period of time. So I’m still getting to know them, figuring them out. I think all four of them have really good ball skills, which is important. When you watch their high school tape, they showed toughness. They all showed the ability to play some man to man, and they all were willing tacklers.
“The criteria you look for in a defensive back, they have them. To me, there’s more to it than that. You’ve got to have intangibles, and that’s something you learn over the course of time.”
New backs. In a new system. With a new position coach who doesn’t know what he’s got in them yet. Man, August is shaping up to be one very hairy month. Faith will be tested.