Georgia Football Recruiting

UGA Flips DJ Daniel From South Carolina

November 6, 2018

ATHENS - Georgia has reconfigured its defensive back recruiting class for 2019.

DJ Daniel, who had been committed to South Carolina, flipped to the Bulldogs on Tuesday. The flip from the Gamecocks moves the Bulldogs’ number of committed prospects to 17 for the 2019 class. It also inches them closer to the top of recruiting rankings after a reconfiguration in October that saw four players depart the committed list. 

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Daniel is considered one of the top overall junior college players in the country. He and fellow UGA commits Jermaine Johnson and Tramel Walthour have all spent time playing in the junior college ranks.

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So what is Georgia getting in Daniel?

“Speed most of all,” Dawg Post recruiting analyst Matt DeBary said of the  6-foot, 180-pound defensive back. “Daniel doesn't have elite size, but he has great speed and instincts for the position. He's a solid cover corner with good technique. That has helped him him become the nation's No. 2 JUCO cornerback in the country.”

Although he’s smaller than ideal size for the Bulldogs, DeBary says that Daniel can be aggressive when he needs to.

“He doesn't mind hitting. He's a physical guy who makes receivers work for everything they get,” DeBary said. “Daniel has the mentality coaches look for in a defensive back - someone who won't back down and loves to compete.”

The Bulldogs are now inching closer to completing their 2019 class now that Daniel has publicly committed. 

“Daniel was a longtime Georgia lean, but then he committed to South Carolina, which was kind of surprising,” DeBary said. "That he's settled on UGA makes the most sense." 

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