To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Athlete J.J. Green, Kingsland, Ga./Camden County| 5-foot-8, 171 pounds
Committed: April 9, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 77. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 56 cornerback, No. 332 in Southeast region, No. 79 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: Stanford, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Duke.
State of the position: There is not a set position for Green yet as he is to be used a slot receiver, running back, return specialist and whatever else offensive coordinator Mike Bobo can come up with. For now, we will focus on him as a kick and punt returner. Georgia has not been a threat to have a big punt return this season, more often opting to have junior wide receiver Rhett McGowan make fair catches. On kickoffs, the Bulldogs had freshman Todd Gurley start the season returning kicks and then switched to sophomore Malcolm Mitchell after Mitchell flipped back to offense. Mitchell has made some questionable decisions but averages 23.1 yards per return.
Pros: “Green is productive as both a running back and defensive back; plays bigger than his size showing a toughness and willingness to mix it up as a run defender. This guy is a tough customer with good wrap tackling skills; attacks ball carriers up high and isn't an ankle grabber; should be productive as a special team's coverage defender; demonstrates home run ability as a kickoff return specialist. Displays good vision and quickness as a change of pace running back; can make defenders miss in space showing good speed when able to break into the open; flashes good check down receiving ability. We see potential as a utility back on the offensive side of the ball.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “However, we feel his size and athleticism are best suited for the cornerback position at the major level of competition; would benefit from a growth spurt.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Branden Smith. That might not be a fair comparison as Smith is a cornerback with offensive skills and Green will be used as an offensive weapon with the ability to jump in at cornerback if needed. Reminds me of former Bulldogs wide receiver/punt returner Mikey Henderson.
Expected impact: 2014. Despite being listed as a cornerback, Green was recruited to be an offensive player. On visits, he spent all his time with the offensive coaches. Georgia does not have a player like him on the team right now so he could see early playing time on special teams but is more likely to have an impact in 2014.