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Four-star DB ponders UGA official

12/8/2011

Less than two months before signing day, and still the Georgia Bulldogs are without a commitment from a defensive back. The staff is still in pursuit of top targets, including Chaz Elder (College Park, Ga./Banneker) and Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep), and they recently informed Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis East) and Sheldon Dawson (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway) that they would received offers during their official, and they have been evaluating others like Trae Elston (Oxford, Ala./Oxford).

Last week, Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner got back in touch with another talented cornerback prospect, Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) on the West Coast.

"Coach Garner came by the school two times during the spring, but I did not hear from them again until two weeks ago," Beaver said. "We have been talking on the phone, and he told me they watched my film; they are really interested in me."

With Brandon Boykin set to graduate, Garner told Beaver that Georgia is looking for another playmaker at cornerback, and the coach said he would be calling back soon to try to set up an official. The four-star cornerback indicated that he does not yet have an offer, but felt it was possible he might get one if he took a visit to Athens.

Beaver, who had seven interceptions this year, will take part in the Army All-American game Jan. 7 in San Antonio. He has taken official visits to Nebraska and Washington, with plans to visit Cal this month and Utah in January. He is considering his final official for either Georgia or USC, although the Trojans have yet to offer.

The distance from Compton to Athens is much farther than the other programs, but Beaver is tackling his decision with an open mind.

"I am interested in Georgia because it is an SEC school, and it is something different," Beaver said. "I am not worried about the distance because wherever I go is going to be my new home, and my family knows I need to find the best fit for me."

At 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, Beaver would appear to have the size that secondary coach Scott Lakatos desires in his players, and Beaver feels that he could flourish at Georgia.

"I feel like I could fit in well in their defense because I can use my size in space and make a lot of plays," Beaver said.