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UGA has offered (from left) North Gwinnett DBs DJ Turner, Quinton Newsome and Warren Burrell in the class of 2019.

UGA recruiting: Bulldogs have offered 3 members of North Gwinnett’s secondary

Want to attack every day with UGA recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The topic of the evening is once again the defending Georgia Class 7A state champions at North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs have offered three-fourths of their starting secondary. 

It is generally not wise to interview three people at the same time. The conversation usually gets sidetracked.

But it was highly entertaining to try to interview North Gwinnett’s DJ Turner II, Quinton Newsome and Warren Burrell at the same time. Those guys have a hard time agreeing on anything. Yet in a funny way.

Don’t get them started on the topic of which one is the fastest in a 40-yard dash. Those guys can’t even whittle it down to which two it would come down to. They hem and haw over it all.

“Are you talking 40s or track speed?” 

“You can’t beat me.”

“I’m faster than both of y’all then.”

“Are you talking 40 yards or a 100 yards?”

“In pads or in shorts?”

“I smoked you. You are not in the conversation.”

“Don’t even try to say that either one of you are faster than me.

“How can you say you are faster? We literally just raced yesterday?”

Burrell, Newsome and Turner comprise three-fourths of the returning starting secondary for the defending Georgia Class 7A state championship team. The North Gwinnett football program accomplished a pretty interesting feat last week.

Burrell and Newsome previously had offers from UGA. Turner added his on March 7.

“I was really happy about DJ’s offer,” Burrell said. “We had been waiting for his to come from Georgia. Georgia offered us both when we went on a visit up there. But we knew it was coming for DJ. When coaches talk to us or we talk to them, they talk about us as a whole. They don’t really, really talk about us all individually because we are all so similar.”

That sounds right. Check out the tale of the tape.

  • Burrell: 6-f00t, 175 pounds.
  • Newsome: 6-2, 180 pounds.
  • Turner: 6-foot, 170 pounds.

Let’s just set the record straight for all of this. Three players from the same secondary in the same grade (Class of 2019) at the same high school all have offers from UGA.

North Gwinnett coach Bill Stewart points out the previous staff at Georgia didn’t offer many scholarships to his program. But his program just sent 2018 OL signee Warren Ericson up to Athens. The Bulldogs even accepted another preferred walk-on from the program, too.

That’s not too bad. For any high school program. Anywhere.

Trying to sort these North Gwinnett UGA offers out 

That will not be the easiest thing to do. Burrell is the one with the length and natural shutdown ability. Newsome is the biggest. Turner is the blend of both of those styles.

The trio feels that Newsome will probably take the longest to commit. Burrell sounds like he will make up his mind first. Turner knows he will make his decision before his senior season.

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Georgia has offered three members of the North Gwinnett secondary. (From left) DJ Turner II, Quinton Newsome, and Warren Burrell are all in the same grade, too. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Newsome is the hybrid. He can play corner or safety since he has the athleticism, skill set and size to do so. Newsome might even win his fair share of those match races between Burrell and Turner, too.

They said there is a chance they could all go to the same school. But then that would really be something.

That said, it is not much more outlandish than the Bulldogs offering three members of the starting secondary within the same grade at the same high school.

Let’s sort them out. It will get complicated. There’s no wonder why they feel those coaches all treat them as a whole.

The highest rated? That’s Turner. The 4-star CB rates as the nation’s No. 26 prospect for his position. Burrell and Newsome both had their offers from UGA first, but they are the 3-star recruits on the 247Sports composite rankings. Turner is a true press-man corner.

The first one to get his UGA offer? It appears Burrell tweeted his out first. But he barely beat out Newsome.

The safety option? That’s Newsome. He rates as the nation’s No. 66 safety and the No. 871 prospect overall. Newsome and Turner can both play safety for North Gwinnett.

Which ones have college football’s other big boys offered?  Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, FSU and LSU have all offered Turner. Among many others. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State are the biggest offers for Burrell. Newsome just picked up an offer from Alabama. He also has offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech and Stanford among his options.

Which one has the most offers? According to the player pages on 247Sports, that would be Turner. He has 33 major college offers, followed by Burrell with 23 and Newsome with 17.

The top tackler? That’s Turner. But just barely. He was credited with 78 tackles (50 solo) for the state champions last fall. He also had 2 interceptions.

Mr. Takeaway? That would be Burrell. He picked off 5 passes in 14 games as a junior.

The veterans? Burrell and Turner get the nod here. They also saw a lot of time on the field as sophomores. Newsome burst onto the scene as a junior.

Who’s the strongest? That will depend on the lift. Newsome will power clean the most. Burrell has the title belt on the squat rack.

Which one has the biggest football IQ? That would be Turner. The other two will give him that.

Which one talks the most on the field? That debate sounded like the fastest Bulldog defensive back. It might be whichever one plays safety most of the night.

UGA recruiting: Check the film on the North Gwinnett trio 

Turner is the one with the most offers and the highest rating, but he was the last to pick up his offer from the Bulldogs. He played both cornerback and safety for North Gwinnett last year.

“He’s probably one of the most explosive kids I have been around,” Stewart said. “Great cover skills. Even in that state championship game the competitive part of him really came out. We had him on their best slot guy and DJ had a couple of big plays in that game.”

“Even in that semifinal game against McEachern, he really made a couple of plays that were special play. The kind of play where you are like ‘Alright, that’s somebody at another level than some of these other guys’ and he brings that to the table. True competitor.”

Burrell snatched away 5 interceptions in 2017. He was also first-team all-state in Class 7A.

“Warren was our lockdown guy,” Stewart said of his play last year. “If we wanted to eliminate a receiver with our corner, he was our guy.”

Burrell was tasked with limiting Mountain View’s Malachi Carter last season. Carter had a prolific career and signed with Georgia Tech. Stewart recalled that he caught one ball against his Bulldogs.

That was due in no small part to the coverage applied by Burrell.

“He shut him down completely and on top of a performance like that against an elite guy he is very consistent,” Stewart said. “He’s the most consistent player every week. Great ball skills. He also scored a touchdown of those takeaways and had another one called back.”

Newsome broke through in 2017. He has great size and speed.

“The physical part with Quinton showed up in the state championship game,” Stewart said. “There are a couple of times he came up and lit them up. He’s just the whole package as far as physical part and on top of that the big guy who can still cover and do all those things.”

“It is awesome that UGA is looking at those guys. They were kind of hoping and waiting for that offer. So that is a big deal for them and a great thing for our program.”

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