Georgia football: Checking the 2021 recruiting options at CB after the Tony Grimes decision

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Where will Charlton Warren now look to at cornerback in the 2021 class?

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry takes a look at the top cornerback options for Georgia after the decision made Tuesday by 5-star cornerback Tony Grimes, Jr. in choosing North Carolina. 

Tony Grimes is going to be a Tar Heel. Not a Bulldog or a Buckeye or an Aggie.

That doesn’t mean that UGA still isn’t looking for a top-tier replenish of talent at cornerback for the 2021 recruiting cycle. DJ Daniel and Mark Webb Jr. are set to exhaust their eligibility after the 2020 season this fall. Another strong year of tape for draft-eligible juniors Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes Jr. could vault them both into Day 2 picks (or higher) in the 2021 NFL Draft class.

That’s four of the team’s five top cornerback options from the 2019 season. Former All-American Tyrique Stevenson could be the only holdover. He was certainly impressive during stretches at the “STAR” positions last fall.

With the nation’s No. 1 cornerback prospect (247Sports Composite) seemingly off the board, where do the Bulldogs turn now to restock that depth chart with the 2021 recruiting cycle?

With that, there are now three names that look to be the top options. DawgNation is also hearing that a fourth option could also be receiving increased consideration, too.

Look for Georgia to take up to five defensive backs in this cycle. Georgia signed two elite cornerbacks in the 2020 cycle in 5-star Kelee Ringo and 4-star Jalen Kimber. Both of those were All-Americans and Ringo was also rated as the nation’s No.1 cornerback in the last cycle.

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren already has a steadfast commitment from elite in-state safety David Daniel. Georgia will also park a scholarship as long as necessary for transcendent 5-star safety James Williams from South Florida. Look for Georgia to try to sign three highly-adaptable players who could line up on the island at cornerback or in the “STAR” position to help offset the loss of a veteran like Webb.

Florida defensive back Terrion Arnold is also a terrific prospect to monitor going forward. He could play at safety or nickel corner or the “STAR” position should the Bulldogs sign him in this class. Arnold has some of the most impressive highlight film we will ever show the DawgNation reader for a defensive back.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound senior from John Paul II Catholic in Tallahasse is making plays all over his 11-minute junior tape.

He’s the nation’s No. 9 safety and No. 186 overall on the 247Sports Composite, but his pure 247rating has him as the nation’s No. 2 overall safety for 2021.

What about the cornerback position specifically?

The first of those names would be another elite option from the junior college ranks like Daniel. He would be the one most ready to play right away.

Hgt./Wgt: 6-0/185

Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation’s No. 1 JUCO cornerback/No. 2 overall JUCO prospect

Major contenders: Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee

Need to know: Warren looks to make his decision on Dec. 14. He has already established that he will give UGA his last official visit on Dec. 11 prior to that. Warren has taken notice of what Georgia did in signing D.J. Daniel from the JUCO ranks and quickly installing him as a mainstay starter in Georgia’s top-rated defense in 2019. He’s had significant twists in his career and he would have been in the 2017 recruiting class had his grades been in order in high school. He will be 21 in December and he actually had to walk-on at Lackawanna before quickly earning a starting position. 

Warren wasn’t a well-known recruiting commodity prior to late last fall. He was going to need this spring and summer to figure out his recruiting process. He will lean heavily on each official visit when the ability to take those are once again permitted by the NCAA in the pandemic.

Highlight tape:

Hgt./Wgt: 6-1/185

Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation’s No. 7 CB/No. 78 overall

Major contenders: Georgia, LSU and Tennessee

Need to know: Johnson is a terrific prospect in his own right and he has ties to the Atlanta area. He grew up in the Metro Atlanta area before moving away. The West Virginia resident took a big January visit to check out Georgia. He was actually with Grimes on that trip. He has the size and length that Georgia is looking for at the cornerback position. A specific timetable for when Johnson will make his college decision is not known.

Johnson is one of those special talents that earned the invitation to compete at the national Opening finals last summer out in Texas prior to his junior season. He has been laser timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40. That was during his sophomore season.

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