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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot 2013: Paris Bostick

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 Paris Bostick, Tampa, Fla./Plant | 6-foot-1, 217 pounds

Committed: Aug. 13, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 76. Three-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 54 safety, No. 418 in Southeast region, No. 153 in Florida

Picked Georgia over:
Arkansas, Texas A&M, Louisville, West Virginia and others.

State of the position: Georgia lost All-American Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams to the NFL this 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.

Pros: “Tall, well-built with a longer frame to fill out making outside linebacker or a hybrid/Rover type position a possibility. A bit straight-line but possesses good overall speed and range; shows he can make plays in all three levels of the defense. Looks most comfortable playing down in the box with good instincts and awareness skills on short passes and in the box run support. Reads route development accurately and times his break. Comes down quickly and takes direct angles to the ball. Will take on blockers on and force the run inside.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He just needs to add some polish to his game and work on becoming more flexible. Needs to work on his balance when breaking down and tackling in space as well. Will overrun the ball carrier and struggle to recover tightly. Needs to become more consistent and work on polishing his overall game but can run, close and hit and produce around the football with ball skills.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Corey Moore. Bostick is a slightly raw safety that who needs a little time to develop but could become a very physical SEC safety in the coming years.

Expected impact: 2015. A redshirt season would help Bostick, as would playing on special teams early in his career. Georgia is bringing in a couple of junior college players to offset the shallow depth at safety, so there is time for Bostick to develop. But from what we have seen Bostick will fight for one of the open safety spots.