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Kelee Ringo is the highest-rated signee of the 2020 class at Georgia.

Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. –When Kelee Ringo shared his college decision with the world at the All-American Bowl, it was a starter’s pistol for a torrent of news regarding the Georgia football program.

The Saguaro High senior (Scottsdale, Ariz.) standout signed during the early period but kept it all on the hush until that live NBC announcement back on Jan. 4.

It seems like a full Netflix season binge has taken place since that day: Assistant coach Scott Fountain leaving. Jake Fromm leaving. Cade Mays leaving. Solomon Kindley leaving. Monty Rice staying. Malik Herring staying. Eric Stokes staying. Richard LeCounte III staying. Jamie Newman coming in. Tre McKitty coming in. 

This seems like a good chance to reset just what Ringo’s decision meant for the program. Let’s start with the fact he is the highest-rated signee in the nation’s No. 3 class. Ringo settles in at No. 8 nationally for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. That ranking might even rise with the final 2020 evaluations.

Ringo tried a little sleight of hand misdirection by not immediately reaching for the Georgia cap when he was making his college decision. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

It also makes sense to begin with a common scouting debate with Ringo. That would be his eventual college position.

Most take one look at Ringo and check the size. 6 feet. 2 inches. 205 pounds. Still growing.

A common back-and-forth will then ensue. He’s already that big.

It isn’t outlandish to project that he will wind up as a future elite NFL safety in the Minkah Fitzpatrick mold.

That’s what Fitzpatrick was at Alabama. If a player is already that big in high school, he better be special if he hopes to remain at cornerback in college.

Ringo just might be that type of player. The discovery process with that begins with checking the film.

Watch him work. Consider that 4.35 laser time in the 40.

Saguaro High School coach Jason Mohns has been privy to a lot of talks and his future with college coaches. Especially to that specific parley about whether Ringo’s long-term future is at corner or safety.

“Everybody that first sees him goes he is probably a safety right?” Mohns said. “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. That is what makes him so unique and so special.”

“He can play that corner position. Now you’ve got a boundary corner that can match up with everybody who is trying to get those big-bodied receivers and single them up into the boundary. Now you’ve got a guy who can go up and he can physically match those guys.”

Mohns makes a logical case. Who is going to be able to cover guys like Ja’Marr Chase and George Pickens?It better start with a big and physical corner that can really run.

Could this actually be a case of signing a player who can go step-for-step with those guys? Rather than a position switch given his size?

“There just aren’t that many guys like that walking around,” Mohns said. “Number one you have to start with his speed. His closing speed is unreal. I think his physicality and his length really make him special. The combination of those three things and the ability to really get up in a guy’s face to be physical and then open up his hips and run with him is a rare combination.”

Ringo just might be that unicorn.

Check out that custom Adidas shoe on the day of his public reveal that he was a Georgia Bulldog. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

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