Georgia freshman Kelee Ringo works out with NFL All-Pro, preparing for greatness
ATHENS — Georgia has arguably the best secondary in the nation returning, but there’s talk incoming freshman Kelee Ringo is so good he might ultimately win a starting job this season.
Ringo, no doubt, has the mindset and approach along with talent to make a sudden impact for the Bulldogs.
The No. 1-ranked cornerback prospect in the country certainly isn’t resting on his laurels, as his recent workout at Ford Sports Performance indicated.
NFL trainer Tracy Ford post pictures on his twitter account of the young and gifted Ringo working out with 5-time NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman on Saturday.
Ford said Ringo, the No. 4 overall player in the nation per the 247Sports composite, was “getting the words of wisdom.”
The #1 rated HS corner in the country in 2020 @KeleeRingo getting the words of wisdom today from the Best Corner in the @NFL @RSherman_25 during today’s on field session. The knowledge is priceless when the vision is clear and the people are Pure! #FSPCulture #WeJustWorking pic.twitter.com/efzQdQiEoF
— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) May 24, 2020
There’s sure to be plenty more of those from Georgia secondary coach Charlton Warren, one of the more celebrated position coach hires of the Smart era last summer.
Fact is, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ringo will arrive in Athens in June with NFL prototype size.
“Everybody that first sees him goes he is probably a safety right?” said Ringo’s Saguaro High School coach, Jason Mohns. “You’re not used to seeing corners that are that big and that physical. But the kid is a 10.4 state champion in the 100 meters. He’s a back-to-back 100 meters champion in the state of Arizona. He ran the fastest time in the state last year. So why do you need to move him?”
“He’s got great feet. He’s got great hips. He’s got tremendous speed. He’s got great length. He’s got the instincts of a great cornerback. He’s what I have heard described as a unicorn. They don’t make them like Kelee.”
Indeed, but a ton of experienced competition awaits Ringo in Athens.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy was commenting last week on how much experience the Bulldogs bring back from a secondary that ranked No. 8 in the nation in pass efficiency.
Eric Stokes, D.J. Daniel and Tyson Campbell all have multiple starts under their belts, and safety Richard LeCounte has the look of a preseason All-American.
Hard to imagine any team having more upperclassmen DB talent than @GeorgiaFootball. Seniors DS Richard LeCounte and CBs D.J. Daniel & Mark Webb are all next-level players. RS junior CB Eric Stokes is also a @seniorbowl candidate if he grads in December. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/Sow4qhykez
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) May 18, 2020
Lewis Cine shined in place of safety J.R. Reed in his Cotton Bowl start, and then there’s all sorts of talented depth in the defensive backs room.
Senior Mark Webb has the inside track at the star position but sophomore Tyrique Stevenson impressed in the spring of 2019 and appears poised to make an impact.
Redshirt sophomore Divaad Wilson, junior Ameer Speed, junior Christopher Smith, junior William Poole and junior Latavious Brini are all considered in the mix.
Georgia signed some other talented defensive backs, too, including early enrollees Major Burns and Jalen Kimber.
But Ringo, the sentiment is, could be a difference-maker.
The fact he was willing to travel up to Washington to work out before reporting to Georgia is merely more evidence of just how special of an addition Ringo could be.
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