- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Defensive end Shaun McGee, Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood | 6-foot-2, 235 pounds
Committed: July 16, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 79. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 43 defensive end, No. 229 in Southeast region, No. 45 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: Alabama, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Kentucky and others.
State of the position: The Bulldogs lost three players that started at inside linebacker this past season. Christian Robinson and Michael Gilliard graduated while Alec Ogletree opted to declare for the NFL draft. That leaves sophomore Amarlo Herrera as the only returning player with a significant amount of experience. Herrera, who was fourth on the team in tackles, will be one of the inside starters next season. The other spot is up for grabs. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Burrows has only played in three games since arriving at Georgia due to multiple injuries. Sophomore Ramik Wilson saw action in 10 games this year but has yet to start a game.
Pros: “He does show ability as a power rusher and that will likely be his main weapon as he demonstrates the ability to get into blockers and under their pads and generate good power to drive them back. Flashes the ability to bring his hands and uncoil and be able to knock blockers out of their cylinder. He demonstrates slightly above average playing speed and a good closing burst and is a kid who looks to play a little faster than he may test. He demonstrates the ability to redirect well. He is a good wrap-up tackler.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He doesn't consistently shoot his hands and can allow blockers to get into his frame making it tougher for him to more quickly disengage. Needs to continue to improve and sharpen his pursuit angles. As a pass rusher he can be active, but needs to have a plan. He lacks the initial burst to be a speed rusher off the edge and doesn't show much in the way of working moves with his hands and he needs to develop his pass rush arsenal.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Ramik Wilson. ESPN has him listed as a defensive end but he was recruited specifically to play linebacker. McGee should be able to mimic Wilson’s ability to line up as an inside linebacker or slide outside.
Expected impact: 2014. McGee could benefit from a redshirt year as he despite his tremendous potential, he hasn’t spent a lot of time at linebacker. His junior year was spent playing a number of positions on both sides of the ball and he was often on the line during his senior year.