Here’s the breakdown of one of UGA’s newest commitments by former Bulldogs great Terrence Edwards for the AJC:
Player: Javon Wims, Wide Receiver, Miami (Fla.)
Specs: 6-foot-4, 215 pounds
College: Committed to UGA
The first thing that jumps out to me on film: The first thing that stands out about Javon is how tall he looks on film. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and looks every bit of it. The second thing that stands out about Javon: for a tall athlete, he gets to top speed very quickly. Wide receiver screens are usually run with smaller, quicker wide receivers, but he’s able to catch screens and use his abilities to make big plays for his team. In his film, he attacks the football and snatches the ball out of the air with very soft hands. He’s very confident in his hands because he seldom catches the football in his body.
What I like: A lot of tall wide receivers don’t have the ability to be a great run-and-catch guy. Javon will be a yards-after-catch wide receiver. He is not a shifty wide receiver, but he is a guy who will put his foot in the ground and get upfield very quickly. Standing 6-foot-4, he will be a red zone threat with his ability to go up and get the football. Against a real red zone threat, an opposing defense will have to decide whether to commit an extra defender in coverage or keep him in the box to defend against the run.
What he needs to improve upon before he gets to UGA: Javon is still raw as a young wide receiver. He will have to adjust to the speed and talent level of the SEC. As a tall wide receiver, he will have to learn how to get in and out of cuts much faster. Getting in and out of cuts and breaks is much more difficult for a taller wide receiver than a smaller one. Once he learns the small techniques of an SEC wide receiver, he will be a very productive player.
Is his ranking fitting? Javon’s rating is accurate for a player of his skillset and untapped potential. Once he arrives on campus, he will have an opportunity to turn that untapped potential into production.
Who he reminds me of that played at UGA: The player that Javon reminds me of is Jonathan Rumph, who was on UGA’s roster last year. They are very similar in height and weight and possess the same skillset.
Terrance Edwards starred at UGA from 1999 to 2002, finishing his Bulldogs career as the SEC’s all-time leading receiver in yards and No 2 in receptions. Edwards still holds several UGA receiving records. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2003, and recently retired after nine seasons in the CFL.