Here’s the breakdown of one of UGA’s newest commitments by former Bulldogs great Terrence Edwards for the AJC:
Last week, Texas speedster Davion Curtis committed to UGA over Kansas State and Oregon State. He was the fifth commitment in a row at receiver for the Bulldogs this summer.
Player: Davion Curtis, Wide Receiver, Temple, Texas.
Specs: 6 feet, 180 pounds
College: Committed to UGA over Kansas State last week.
The first thing that jumps out to me on film: He is the type of wide receiver that UGA is targeting right now — and that’s very fast playmakers. Davion Curtis is the type of receiver that can take the top off a defense. When you have a wide receiver that has the speed that Davion has, you can’t commit to 8- or 9-man boxes to stop the running game. With the type of wide receiver that the UGA is recruiting, they will not only help the quarterback but they will also help the running game as well. His track background is evident. Watch how he bursts off the ball and gets to full speed very quickly. With his ability to stretch the field, it’s very impressive the way he tracks the football in the air and how he is able to make catches over his shoulder.
What I like: God has given Davion something that you can’t teach –speed. The speed that he possesses is his biggest asset. The one thing that young receivers don’t do, when running a go route or a post route, is that they don’t close the cushion on the defensive backs before they make a move to go by them. On film, Davion not only uses his speed to get by the defender, but he steps on the defender’s toes before he makes a move to get around the defensive back. With his burst off the ball, he is able to drive the defensive back off the ball – and that allows him to catch shorter routes and use his speed to be the playmaker that he is.
What he needs to improve upon before he gets to UGA: Like many young receivers he needs work on the small technical aspects of being an elite SEC wide receiver. He needs to work on getting off the jam at the line of scrimmage. With his speed, teams will want to re-route him and avoid letting him get to top speed with off-man cover. So they will try to press him at the line of scrimmage so he can’t use that speed.
Is his ranking fitting? I think his four-star rating is fitting for him. I would like to see him progress and run all the routes on a route tree instead of a go or post route. When he develops and understand the whole route tree, he will be a dangerous wide receiver with his speed.
How I expect UGA to use him: I expect UGA to use his God-given speed to stretch the field. Look for a lot of deep balls to Curtis.
Who he reminds me of that played at UGA: The one player on the roster is Malcolm Mitchell. Coming out of high school, I thought Malcolm was a fast but raw wide receiver. Malcolm has developed into a top SEC talent. I think Davion can follow in the same footsteps as Malcolm with his development as a pure wide receiver, and not just a fast guy.
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.