Sunday, January 13, 2013
Shaq Fluker makes his final decision
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs will be looking to replace both starters at safety next season as seniors Bacarri Rambo and Shaun Williams graduate and move on to the NFL. So far the Bulldogs’ coaching staff has five safeties committed in the Class of 2013, but one, Shaq Fluker (Meridian, Miss./East Mississippi Community College), has been rumored to be looking around lately.
Fluker took his official visit to Georgia this weekend and made a decision.
“I am staying with Georgia,” Fluker said. “I am still committed to Georgia and I am going to stay and play with them. I made my final decision to stay with Georgia. This was the only visit I planned on taking and I will be signing with them next month.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety said his visit reinforced his decision to stick with the Bulldogs.
“I enjoyed everything that was down there,” Fluker said. “My favorite part was going bowling and beating Coach [Mark] Richt in the first round that we played. I beat him in the first game but we played another game and he got me on that one. He is competitive. I was with him most of the time that I was down there. We went out and saw the facilities and the stadium. I watched the videos of the games that they played. We just hung out a little bit and talked.”
Apparently Fluker and Richt spoke at length about what is needed to fix the holes at safety.
“He talked to me about it and said if I come in and work hard I could start because I am the safety who is playing there coming out of juco. So he said I should get a lot of playing time.”
Georgia is also expected to sign juco defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont. Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast) to play safety, but Johnson spent this past season at cornerback.
Fluker is ranked No. 36 in the ESPN Junior College 100 and his highlight reel is a series of big hits and interceptions. He freely admits to being the occasional headhunter.
“Yeah, I can be when I am mad,” Fluker said. “Or I pretty much want to make some noise.”
He plans to create some noise in Athens, Ga., this summer.
“I’ll be showing up in May,” Fluker said. “Classes and everything look good.”