Things have been fairly quiet on the recruiting front for the Georgia Bulldogs in recent weeks, but that changed in a big way today with the commitment of a defensive back who should be ready to contribute immediately in Athens.
De’Jahn “Nugget” Warren picked the Bulldogs over fellow finalists Maryland and Penn State. Warren also claimed offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas. The Lackawanna C.C. sophomore is ranked the #1 JUCO corner in the nation and the #2 junior college player regardless of position by 247Sports.
Those offers and rankings are why Warren’s commitment is a big story. This May background piece by DawgNation will fill you in on why his is a great story. In short, very few people have ever been told “no” on the way to major college football as many times as De’Jahn Warren.
Because his 2019 freshman season at Lackawanna was his only action past the high school junior varsity level, you’d be forgiven for being a little skeptical of Warren’s ability. Let me assuage your fears: the guy can ball:
At 6’0, 180 pounds Warren has the size Kirby Smart wants in his defensive backs. He’s also got good awareness and excellent body control. Warren appears smooth in coverage but also shows enough physicality in run support to make me think he can handle that critical aspect of the SEC game.
I’m also pretty excited about the special teams portion of this highlight video. Warren’s speed off the edge and slipperiness getting through the line could make him an asset in the kicking game before you even consider his ability to return kicks.
Warren’s commitment is the 14th for the class of 2021 for the ‘Dawgs and moves the Red and Black up to #12 in 247Sports’ team rankings. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but with a host of 5 star targets left on the board Georgia is in prime position to once again finish with one of the country’s top classes.
With Warren’s commitment and the recent pledge of under-the-radar Baldwin County standout Javon Bullard, Georgia may be close to being done in the defensive backfield. With the exception of blue chip Newton County standout Nyland Green, Kirby & Co. appear to be done restocking on the back end, and have done a fantastic job of it in this cycle. Until later...