It is tempting to lead with the Maurice Smith connection for Georgia when it comes to 4-star Texas cornerback Dwight McGlothern. Those two are first cousins.
The depiction of the real friendship he has with Georgia freshman Lewis Cine could also kick this off. Those two were teammates at Trinity Christian in Texas last year.
This report might also hunker down and rattled off his thoughts on all things UGA: Charlton Warren. Those “clean black jerseys that make me look fire.” Where the Bulldogs fit on the NCAA food chain. The confidence all the men around the Georgia program now exude. Man, he loved that.
The fun times to be had in Athens and nearby Atlanta. How the Bulldog NFL alumni still “ride” for the program.
Georgia is amazing the coaching staff is different 💯🙌🏾 #GoDawgs 🐶
— DMJ2🇩🇪 (@DMcglothern2) February 23, 2019
All of that might just be different. Those differences might be what gives the program a shot with the nation’s No. 8 cornerback (per the 247Sports Composite) for the 2020 class.
UGA is not the only school in it, but it is really in it. McGlothern will take a good look at heavyweights like Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and Southern Cal, among others.
Oregon was his favorite growing up. Keep that in mind.
“Where ever I go it is going to be the best fit for me,” he said. “I don’t care about in-state or out-of-state I am just going to find my best fit. That’s it.”
String all those details up with a few verbs and adjectives. Throw in a neat story about the best play on his tape. It might make for a tidy update with Mr. Glothern.
But that’s not the full frame. DawgNation learned about a “Fox” he grew up with.
This guy loves football. Makes plays everywhere.
But he also loves to dance. He might do some kind of dance about a couple of hundred times per day. At least. He’s not sure which one of those things he is better at.
“This is a hard one, man,” he said. “This is actually a hard one. I don’t know. They go hand in hand for me. Because when I have fun on a football field you are going to see a lot of dancing. I like to be on the move.”
“When I am playing, I am going to be dancing now.”
The real Dwight McGlothern at a glance
He gave a rare answer about his best tool for his game. It was not length or speed or fluid hips or length. It was which man can run the fastest for the longest.
“If we had an eight-quarter football game I would still be able to go honestly,” he said.
He’s a Kevin Gates corner. Like that Gates lyric and song: “Get it. Get fly. I got six jobs I don’t get tired.”
When we say he can wake up from a dead sleep and be ready for a good interview rep, he can.mThat’s because he did. Every single quote from this blog came after he popped up from an early evening nap.
He can clearly talk on the field, but still tries to keep a standard with that.
“I don’t really talk trash,” he said. “Unless you are not giving me the best out of you.”
— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) March 5, 2019
It is like the young man played for Deion Sanders for a season.
Well, he actually did do that with Cine.
“What do I do well,” he repeated the question when asked. “I can cover your best receiver. I can lock down that whole side. What do I need to work on? Honestly, what do I really need to work on? Um. …. (crickets) … I need to work on my bumps some more. Do need to work on being more patient at the line. Not opening the gate early.”
He basically sounds like a young man with a junior highlight tape that is 11 minutes long.
Well, it actually is.
Dwight McGlothern is a confident corner
The best plays on his tape, in his opinion, come on special teams in the return game.
— DMJ2🇩🇪 (@DMcglothern2) December 20, 2018
“My footwork is tremendous,” he said. “But I just have to work on being patiently honestly. When I get the patience down, I will be good. Working off-man in coverage, I really have to work on just being patient. I can lock down whatever you know and I can play anywhere on the field. Safety. Corner. Whatever you need. Nickel. I’m a versatile DB.”
He even wears the No. 2 that Sanders wore at FSU.
“I grew up with the number since I was like three or four years old,” McGlothern said. “Been playing with it my whole life. I just love the number obviously with that No. 2. I look good in it.”
He summed up the impact of being trained by Sanders last season.
“It was cool being coached by him,” Dwight McGlothern said. “It is crazy that your coach is Deion Sanders. To see the man almost every day in school and stuff. He’s like one of the best DBs of all time they say. Just playing the position I look up to him. I love seeing what he does and try to steal some things from his game.”
Then there’s the tackling part.
“I don’t really tackle all that much,” he said. “But when I do, it was the right time. I came in there right on time.”
He was known as “The Fox” growing up.
“They used to call me ‘Fox’ because like a fox is really sneaky,” he said. “People never know when they are there. Have you ever heard of this?”
McGlothern brought up the first “Dora The Explorer” conversation in this reporter’s career.
“Have you ever heard of ‘Swiper no swiping’ from that cartoon?” he said. “That would be me. I would be finessing people along the way coming up. They never know. That fox just comes out of nowhere and will entertain all of y’all. That was what I would do.”
Deion’s son, Shedeur, is on the same Trinity Christian team. The first play on McGlothern’s reel is him catching a ball from the elite 2021 QB. The “Fox” did not say that Sanders could overthrow him.
“No,” McGlothern said. “I’ll be on that stuff. But honestly, I guess he could probably overthrow me if the wind was blowing that same way. If the wind is blowing very hard, too. But other than that, it would probably be underthrown.”
These are entertaining words to read. At least. Yet McGlothern was delivering them without an ounce of flavor. It was like he was ordering a burger or some wings at his favorite spot.
The only quote so far here where he poured energy onto his words was when he was talking about dancing.
How UGA helped itself on a recent Dwight McGlothern visit
That Maurice Smith connection is interesting. Combine that with Cine and everything else and that will give the Bulldogs a great shot at an official visit. At least.
Smith told him what it was like to play for Smart.
“Kirby gone ride for you and he’s changing UGA,” he said.
There was one more thing Smith told him about playing for Georgia’s general.
“It was fun and you are going to get an opportunity,” he added.
— DMJ2🇩🇪 (@DMcglothern2) February 24, 2019
He felt the UGA coaches were “cool” over the phone, but they elevated the connection in person. Georgia support staffer Nick Williams is already playing a big role here.
“I can see why Lewis went there now,” he said. “The vibe is just different. The coaches are real. You’d sit down and talk to them and it would be one-on-one action. Talking defense. The depth and stuff. They were just being real with me.”
He liked how every coach spoke to him. Wanted to know his plans. But he really meshed with the confidence around the program.
“Man, they are so confident in winning a ‘natty’ and man that’s crazy,” he said. “They feel like they were supposed to win it a couple of years ago and came up short. But now, they are like all about that ‘natty’ at Georgia. The players there are like if you are not trying to win that ‘natty’ we don’t want you here.”
“You really feel that. I love it. I like all of that confidence. Because I’m all ‘100’ about a championship, too. They are real and I feel it. They are like a ‘Bama to me. Georgia is like an Alabama to me. Georgia really showed me a lot.”
That was the second time that McGlothern really put some hot sauce on his words.
Lewis Cine will help with Dwight McGlothern
Cine is not the type who will browbeat anyone, much less a close friend, to go to any school. He knows every man has to choose their own grind.
But with McGlothern, he will not have to.
“He doesn’t talk much but when he does it is really cool,” McGlothern said. “Just gives off good vibes and he’s the type of guy you want to be hanging out if you want to stay positive in your life. He loves being around people who give off great vibes. …. He’s just really cool. I love to be around him.”
Cine is a silent safety. McGlothern is the confident cornerback. He gave a glowing report on Cine’s mindset.
“Great dude,” McGlothern said. “He’s going to outwork anyone. He went there and plans to start. I’m trying to tell you he told me before he signed anything he said ‘Bro when I go to Georgia when I get there I am working. I’m trying to beat somebody out of a spot’ because he’s coming after people who already had jobs.”
When the duo hung out over Christmas break, Cine planned everything. They had a schedule set by Cine.
“He’s gotten bigger and stronger already at Georgia and he’s always been smart,” McGlothern said. “But off the field, Lewis is a person you want to be around. He doesn’t get into any trouble. He’s either helping you out or doing something you should do in life.”
Charlton Warren, the new defensive backs coach, handled himself well here, too.
“He told me Georgia is going to play the best [guys] man,” he said. “He said I could play two positions for them. Safeties are going to play like two or three positions also. It is crazy how their defense is set up. It is going to play some nickel and in the dime and some corner also.”
“And then they do a lot of scheming with their defensive backs.”
He’s already thinking about his return trip.
“I didn’t want to leave,” McGlothern said.