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4-Star DB Target Breaks Down UGA Football Official Visit, Updates Recruitment

June 11, 2024
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ATHENS - After singing an elite defensive back class in the 2024 cycle, Kirby Smart and Travaris Robinson are hoping to add more elite defenders to their secondary in this current 2025 class.

The Dawgs landed a commitment from three-star Todd Robinson‍ this week, and they were able to host another top defensive back target last weekend for an official visit.

That would be four-star safety, Eric Winters‍.

A talented defensive back out of Enterprise High School in Alabama, Winters saw his recruitment take off this time last year, earning an offer from Georgia in June of 2023.

Since then, Winters has felt like a priority. The 6-foot-2 205-pounder was in Athens last weekend for a big official visit and broke down the highlights with Dawg Post.


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“On Friday we got to meet all of the other recruits”, Winters said. “We went over to eat inside Sanford Stadium and were able to speak with our hosts and get to know each other. We played charades which helped everyone open up and get to know one another.”

“My host was KJ Bolden”, Winters added. “I asked him some questions about why he chose Georgia and why he flipped from Florida State. He told me everyone’s process is different and that you have to find the right place for yourself. He knew what his main goal was and that was to play in the league. He felt like Georgia could do that for him.”

What did Winters have to say about defensive backs Travaris Robinson?

“He’s got a lot of experience”, Winters said. “Georgia’s lost only one home game in the last few years and it was when coach T-Rob was the defensive coordinator at South Carolina. He’s coached at the highest levels in college football and he’s a great recruiter because he knows how to bond with everyone. He does a good job of recruiting the parents, too. He’s recruiting me to play STAR. He likes my athleticism and how I'm both physical and fast. I can play on the perimeter and make plays in the open field, too.”

What is Winters looking for in a school?

“What I’m looking for the most is development. I want to go somewhere where they will maximize my potential.”

What was Winters’ conversation like with coach Smart?

“I sat in coach Smart’s office for a good minute talking about his vision for the program and why they’ve been so successful. You can see what type of guy he is and what type of leader he is. They run the program like an NFL system and it’s easy to see why so many players come from Georgia get to the NFL. Since the day they offered, I’ve felt like I was on top of their board. They reach out to me all the time. Even coach Smart will reach out to me from time to time, telling me how much they want me and how they can develop me. It’s a special feeling knowing he takes such a big part in my recruitment. You just look at his resume and it’s hard to say no to him.”

Winters has one more official visit set and it will be to Auburn next weekend. After that, look for the playmaking defender to make a commitment.

“I want to get this done as soon as possible.”

As a prospect, Winters showed he’s a do-it-all athlete who can make plays in all three phases of the game. He’s a naturally gifted player who can run, catch, defend, tackle, and make plays on special teams. He played some quarterback, throwing for over 400 yards and three TDs, but he was best with the ball in his hands, rushing for just under 700 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

Defensively, Winters roams the back end and covers a lot of ground down the field. He shows outstanding instincts in coverage, reading the quarterback and making a play on the ball. He reacts quickly and knows how to make a strong, secure tackle on the ball-carrier. As good as he is in zone-coverage, Winters also has the ability to run down the ball-carrier anywhere on the field.

Winters is ranked as the No. 8 safety prospect, the No. 5 prospect in Alabama, and the No. 65 overall prospect in the country for the 2025 class.

 


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