Friday, December 21, 2012
2014 prospects to watch: Safeties
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting class, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers have already gone out to some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.
We are going to take a position-by-position look at a number of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages you might want to add to your favorites. Here is a look at the safeties Georgia has offered or has on its radar.
Needs: 2, Committed: 1
Offers: Georgia has offered three safeties in the Class of 2014. The Bulldogs will likely lose All-American Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams to the NFL this year and the position was thin to begin with. The Bulldogs are trying to bring in five safeties in the class of 2103, but two are junior college transfers that will only have two years to play.
Nick Glass committed early to UGA, but the Duluth, Ga., safety is open to other schools.
Nick Glass (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) -- Glass committed to Georgia in April shortly after being offered by the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. He recently told DawgNation that he was concerned with how many safeties Georgia was signing in the Class of 2013 and that he was going to “see what other people have to say and have to offer.” He recently transferred from St. Pius X in Atlanta to a new school in Duluth. Glass can also be a threat with the ball in his hands and might get the chance to demonstrate his running back skills next year.
Cortez McDowell (Locus Grove, Ga./Locus Grove) -- The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior already has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and Syracuse. He started as a freshman and has never looked back. McDowell was surprised by Mark Richt on a visit to Georgia, as the head coach offered McDowell in person. The talented athlete was back in Athens in December for another junior day. His coach at Locus Grove, Clint Satterfield, thinks that McDowell could grow into an outside linebacker as well.
Evan Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) -- It seems that Evan Berry and twin brother Elliott have been on the recruiting radar for 10 years. But that is to be expected since they are the younger brothers of All-American Eric Berry, one of the greatest collegiate safeties in recent history. Evan is often thought of as being a lock to Tennessee but says that is not the case despite the fact that he committed there when he was 13. An older, wiser Berry claims offers from Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. Berry said his first offer was from the Bulldogs and not from the Volunteers.
Others to watch:
Bryce Lewis (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) -- Lewis has picked up an offer from Vanderbilt and could see his list grow after he competes in the Rising Seniors Junior Bowl at the end of December. Lewis is a 6-1, 180-pound junior that also plays cornerback. Those coverage skills are coveted by secondary coaches, so the outlook is bright for the two-way athlete.
Cameron Seward (Atlanta, Westminster) -- Seward is a 6-1, 190-pound junior with offers from Boston College, UCF and Cincinnati. He visited North Carolina and Virginia recently and will be attending he Under Armour Combine in January. His father attended Duke.