Vitals: Running back Brendan Douglas (Augusta, Ga./Aquinas) 5-foot-11, 202 pounds
Committed: Feb. 1
ESPN.com grade: 70. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 4 fullback, No. 646 in Southeast region, No. 148 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: Georgia Tech, Samford, Wofford and others.
State of the position: With Richard Samuel graduating and Ken Malcome transferring the Bulldogs will lean even more on true freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Former walk-on Brandon Harton was given a scholarship two seasons ago but played sparingly last season as the freshmen duo took most of the snaps.
Pros: “Hits the hole with good quickness and determination and quickly builds downhill momentum and power. Deceptive feet and lateral agility to bounce out of the hole when needed but is at his best on quick inside hitters. Gets the yards that are there and more through hard running and second efforts. Flashes the quickness to get through tight seams. Shows the ability to absorb a hit and retain his balance and forward progress. Lowers his pads through traffic and consistently breaks first contact. Has the bruising, pile driving style to wear down a defense with carries. Appears very durable. Will surprise you with his speed in the second level.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “Not a projected home-run threat at the next level but should be able to split the seam for the 10- 12-yard gainers. Would like to see him continue polishing his receiving skills, but this is a well-rounded fullback prospect.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Douglas is a mystery. We have him projected as a fullback and he has the physical tools to hit, block and drive the pile. But the Georgia coaches offered him as a running back, and at the Mark Richt Camp he clocked impressive 40-yard dash times. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards last season, so his eventual role is unclear at this point.
Expected impact: 2013. The Bulldogs have little depth behind Marshall and Gurley, so Douglas could see action in the fall.