National Signing Day is tomorrow, and, from everything I'm hearing, UGA fans will have a LOT to cheer about tomorrow. Talents like Avery Young, Cordarelle Patterson, Jaquay Williams, Josh Harvey-Clemons and maybe even a few surprises will make tomorrow a VERY interesting day, indeed. Yesterday, Dawg fans received great news when the #1 player in Tennessee, Sheldon Dawson, verbally committed to Mark Richt and Georgia. He'll likely play corner and most think we will step into the Mr. Versatility role played so effectively lately by Brandon Boykin. To give a MUCH better description of Dawson, below is a review by kingjamez. As always, big thanks to Kingjamez!
In addition to the evaluation below, be sure to check out the one by Leather Helmet Blog`s resident expert, CoachP.
Ridgeway High School
5`11 175 lbs
40 time: 4.4 sec
Season stats (Jr): 1,108 yards on 53 carries (over 20 ypc!), 14 TDs, 42 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, 1 interception
In one word: dynamic. Sheldon Dawson is a fantastic athlete that possesses all the tools necessary to be an elite SEC corner. He has length, speed, ball-skills, and a knack for making big plays. His recovery speed will be huge at corner however, his initial burst is elite and any receiver will have a tough time running by him. As a tackler, Dawson shows great instincts and the ability to read & react very quickly -- this will make him a tough guy to block. He tends to dip his head when tackling which is a no-no when you`re taught to form tackle. However, he flies to the ball like a missile and that kind of effort isn`t coachable -- tackling technique is. Dawson can make an impact in every facet of the game: defense, offense and special teams. He`s very good with the ball in his hands, obviously, given his 23 yards a touch in high school. Georgia coaches made a point to tell Dawson he could play a Brandon Boykin-like role if he came to Athens. The scary thing is Dawson is a more dynamic athlete with more size. If he comes in and puts forth the effort Boykin did for four years, he will be an all-SEC defender and maybe be Georgia`s next "Mr. Versatility."
Best case scenario: Joe Haden