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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Luginbill: Parrish could be next Boykin

By Tom Luginbill

Athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) committed to Georgia Thursday, giving the Bulldogs three ESPN 150 pledges for 2014.  Read below to see where our Scouts feel he'll fare in Athens.

What he brings: Parrish is an excellent athlete who plays everywhere for his high school team, including quarterback, but we see him developing as a college corner. Aside from possessing very great quickness and explosive movements, this young man is extremely savvy, competitive and has some of the intangibles you look for at the position aside from just great foot speed. He is constantly in position to make plays and also is versed in coverage schemes showing the ability to play with finesse or physicality.

How he fits: Todd Grantham, the coordinator of Georgia’s 3-4 defense, likes versatile defensive backs with length and physicality and secondary players overall who can close quickly, cover ground and ball-hawk. Parrish fits those attributes and will not be afraid to come up and support the run in this pressure defense. He can cover and tackle and should find a role quickly with Georgia.

Reminds us of: Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin: Like Boykin, Parrish is a dynamic high school QB and well-rounded athlete that will likely arrive at Georgia without a lot of polish as a true corner. Parrish also lacks ideal measurables like Boykin but both have a feisty edge to their game and simply make plays.

Prediction for performance: With his ability to play both corner and safety, zone or man and potentially contribute as returner on special teams, we see Parrish working his way into sub-packages and the kicking game early in his career before becoming a fulltime starter later on.

How the class is shaping up: Georgia has really picked up momentum as of late. This is still a smaller class but the talent is very strong with potential difference makers at key positions like running back and now in the secondary with Parrish