Hard on the heels of truly terrible wide receiver news, Georgia fans got much better news at the position this evening with the commitment of Louisiana speedster Cory Wren.
Wren chose the Red and Black over fellow finalists Houston and Arizona State. However he also claimed offers and interest from a host of SEC and ACC schools including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
Let’s get this out of the way up front. Wren is not a JJ Holloman replacement. He’s a very different player, one that the Bulldogs may not really have on the roster right now: a true slot receiver. At 5’9 and 175 pounds Wren isn’t going to body up on defensive backs. He isn’t going to be a red zone mismatch. But as he demonstrated when he ran a 4.30 forty yard dash at a camp this spring, Wren is lightning fast and a danger to take underneath passes the distance at a second’s notice.
Take a look at his sophomore/junior highlights and you’ll see what I mean.
Wren fills the role that Isaiah McKenzie did when he served as Georgia’s primary offensive weapon for much of 2016, and which Ahkil Crumpton never seemed to quite grow into in Athens. He’s that shifty, speedy lightning to complement the thunder elsewhere in the receiving corps. Kearis Jackson may be the closest analog, but I’m not sure even he has Wren’s pure acceleration.
It has seemed for a while that Kirby Smart and Cortez Hankton’s plan in this class was to take two outside receivers and one slot guy. They put a lot of effort into landing Frankfort, Illinois four star standout A.J. Henning, but with his recruitment shaping up as a Notre Dame/Michigan battle the staff appears to have locked up the next best similar prospect on the board.
Prior to Holleman’s dismissal I anticipated this commitment would be the Bulldogs’ last at the receiver position for 2020, but it’s possible that the staff may try to land one more player, especially if the right prospect wants into the class. The ‘Dawgs will only lose two seniors in 2020 (Tyler Simmons and Miami transfer Lawrence Cager) so another receiver probably isn’t imperative. But given how solid the roster remains at almost every other spot, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Georgia decide to go all in on one more pass catcher in this cycle. Until later . . .