ATHENS, Ga. -- The Bulldogs’ coaching staff wanted bookend cornerbacks for the Class of 2014, and after picking up a verbal commitment from ESPN 300 athlete Malkom Parrish, the search was on to find his counterpart. That search ended Friday, when Georgia picked up a commitment from Hutchinson Community College cornerback Shattle Fenteng.
“I just want to be a Dawg,” Fenteng said. “When I told the coaches, they were excited. They said they were jumping up and down.”
Fenteng picked the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Kansas State. He said it was Georgia’s record that put the Bulldogs on top.
“I like that UGA is a winning program,” Fenteng said. “That is important to me. I played at Grayson High School, where we won the state championship my senior year. And Hutchinson wins a lot, too.”
Fenteng grew up less than an hour away from Athens, so when the offer came from the Bulldogs last Saturday, he pounced on the chance to return home.
“So I called Coach [Scott] Lakatos, and he told me I was the cornerback they were recruiting, and he wanted me to go there,” Fenteng said. “He decided to offer me a scholarship.”
The 6-foot-2, 184-pound cornerback took Lakatos up on the offer less than a week later. Fenteng had visited Georgia over the summer, so he knew what the Bulldogs had to offer.
“I liked my visit,” Fenteng said. “I liked the coaching staff and the area too. I know what they can do for me.”
As to what Fenteng can do for Georgia, well, he can just carry over what he is doing at Hutchinson.
“I had four interceptions and 16 pass break-ups last year,” Fenteng said. “I had 57 tackles and two tackles-for-loss. We didn’t do any corner blitzes last year, but we might do that this year, since we are sophomores and more experienced. Georgia likes to do that.”