June 5, 2007

Spring Spotlight: Makiri Pugh

UGASports.com will be on the road Monday through Friday throughout the month of May. We will be visiting school after school to see some of the top prospects in the country go through spring practice. We will run the Spring Spotlight feature daily into June showing exclusive practice video, up close photos, and notes from practice. The prospect featured today is future Bulldog Makiri Pugh.

Prospect: Makiri Pugh

High School: Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)

Class: 2008

Position: Defensive Back (Corner)

Vitals: 5-11, 194-pounds, 4.42

Offers: Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others.

Favorites: Committed to Georgia

The Skinny in Recruiting: Pugh knew he wanted to make his decision around the end of the evaluation period for some time. He wanted to give schools that time to give him a look, decide if they wanted to offer, and see if they wanted to get into the race for his commitment. Georgia offered Pugh early in the spring, he visited Athens and then he gave the Bulldogs his verbal commitment on June 1. Pugh chose UGA over Clemson, Georgia Tech and others last Friday and he is solid.

UGASports.com traveled up to Charlotte recently to see Pugh in action. Rules in North Carolina prevent football players from putting the pads on and hitting each other during the spring, so Pugh and his teammates did a lot of 7-on-7 drills. No contact is allowed, but Pugh still showed he is a physical player.

Spring Practice Observations: Pugh grew up playing running back and being known as a powerful runner and he has taken that same attitude and style of play to the defensive side of the ball. Pugh now plays cornerback and a little safety for Coach Knotts and he loves to get up in a receivers place. Immediately Pugh knocks the receiver off the route and then uses his body to ride the receiver out of bounds.

He has not been playing defense too long, but he really picks things up very quickly. He has good ball skills, good recovery speed, he does a very good job of keeping things in front of him and he does an excellent job at playing at the speed he needs to play at. He doesn't get out of control, but he plays smart and within himself. He may not have a ton of experience at corner, but that doesn't show.

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