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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot 2013: Shaq Fluker

By Radi Nabulsi

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Safety Shaq Fluker, Meridian, Miss./East Mississippi | 6-foot-2, 200 pounds

Committed: Aug. 4, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 80. Four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 36 in the ESPN Junior College 100

Picked Georgia over: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas and others.

State of the position: Georgia loses All-American Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams to the NFL this year and the position was thin to begin with. Backing up the two starters are Corey Moore, Marc Deas and Connor Norman. Those three have made strides on special teams but have yet to push for starting positions. The Bulldogs are trying to bring in five safeties in the Class of 2013, but two are junior college transfers that will only have two years to play. Fluker is one of those.

Pros: “Fluker is a hard-hitting, aggressive safety who roams as a centerfield type player. He is a well-rounded prospect who can play down on the line of scrimmage or drop into his half of the field in coverage. He has a good combination of height and size for the position and will make sideline-to-sideline plays with good acceleration. He reacts very well to what he sees in both the run and passing game. He will play aggressively in the box and is not afraid to make contact. Fluker is a potential early impact player at the BCS level.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He will build up momentum to generate power to separate the ball from the man, but he needs to be more effective driving his hips through contact consistently. He does show some hip tightness and needs more sink to flip his hips.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Bacarri Rambo. That is not to say that Fluker will be an All-American, but his range would make him a good candidate to fill in Rambo’s vacated safety spot.

Expected impact: 2013. Fluker admits to being an occasional headhunter but what is more impressive than his big hits is his sheer number of interceptions. He has a knack for being where the ball is and with two open starting positions available, look for Fluker to try and claim one in fall camp.