Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future. Today we examine Georgia’s cornerbacks:
Current two-deep depth chart:
Who’s ready to move up for more playing time?: Swann is the only returning cornerback with significant on-field experience -- particularly since Malcolm Mitchell is going to stay at receiver -- so there is plenty of playing time to be won this offseason. We see freshman Sheldon Dawson jumping into the mix for significant playing time in 2013 and possibly Bowman, as well.
High-profile commits: Under Armour All-American Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) are the two committed prospects whom ESPN lists as cornerbacks. Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) and Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) -- a pair of ESPN 300 selections -- are both listed as athletes, but could play cornerback in college. Georgia’s staff will have to fight off South Carolina and others to land Wiggins -- their highest-rated commit as of today.
Additional targets on the board: Georgia offered No. 5 overall prospect Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) and got him on campus for Dawg Night last year, but the Bulldogs are not considered to be one of the leaders for his signature.
2013 gameplan: Next season will be one of transition for Georgia’s secondary in general, although slightly more so for the safeties -- with senior starters Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams both leaving -- than the cornerbacks. Swann’s presence will stabilize the position somewhat, but one of the big position battles to watch in spring and preseason will be for the second and third corners. Spring practice represents a big opportunity for Dawson and Bowman, and also for Wilkerson, who plans to enroll next week for spring semester.
And 2014?: It’s far too early to predict whether Swann will stick around for his senior season, but the cornerback position should be more proven by 2014 regardless. The Bulldogs will still be young at the position, but the coaching staff will likely have figured out by this point which of the 2013 signees fit best in the various cornerback roles.
What about 2015?: With all of the defensive backs who are preparing to join the team this February, it seems as if 2015 and 2016 will be highly similar to the Bulldogs’ secondary of the past two seasons from an experience standpoint.