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Monday, February 4, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot 2013: Kennar Johnson

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 Kennar Johnson, Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast | 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Committed: Nov. 24, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 77; three-star prospect

Picked Georgia over: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, West Virginia and others

State of the position: Georgia lost 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 2013 class Johnson is one of those transfers.

Pros: “He plays fast and with an edge. He recognizes and reacts to runs quickly. In press coverage, shoots his hands and will reroute receivers. In zone coverage, he will read the QB's eyes and high/low routes. He makes his presence known when receivers cross into his zone or over the middle of the field. He is an active run defender with good angles and creates collisions. He flashes the ability to avoid traffic in pursuit with good range from sideline-to-sideline. He is disruptive off the edge with corner pressure.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He has good height and adequate bulk for a future safety, but will need to fill out and add strength. He has just above-average route recognition. He is a bit high in his pedal with some hip tightness to make a sudden change of direction. He is not much of a playmaker now, but can take angles to the point. He can give too much cushion at times but will transition forward with solid burst and close separation.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Sanders Commings. Johnson played cornerback last season but will play safety for Georgia. Commings switched between the two roles as well.

Expected impact: 2013. Georgia is replacing four starters in the secondary and Johnson was recruited to come in and help right away. The fact that he can play cornerback, nickel and safety only reinforces the idea that he will be a candidate for playing time this season.