Every day here at Your Best 11, we are counting down to the start of the regular season with our Top 150 players for the 2012 season.
No. 111: Sanders Commings, No. 19, Georgia, Cornerback
Commings has played every position in the Georgia secondary. He has been a strong and free safety, played both sides of the field as a corner and both started and come off of the bench.
Entering 2012 the Georgia Bulldogs are in year three of the Grantham era and the entire unit is solid. This defense is looking to do big things in 2012 and Sanders Comming is a big part of those expectations.
Ordinarily a 6'2" 217-pound defensive back would be a shoe-in for the safety spot. Georgia is the position where they have both Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams back in the secondary and that means Commings gets to play the corner spot.
He's a big bodied kid that has long arms, good range and, because he has played so many snaps at safety, has an elevated sense of how the pieces on defense work together. While he is not as quick as Branden Smith, he does have a great feel for the game that helps him use his body and make plays.
Commings is truly a Jack of all trades in the back end and when Grantham puts this kid in the game they know he can get the job done. At safety and corner, Commings is sound against the run and capable of using his size to get ball carriers on the ground.
As the saying goes "Jack of all trades, master of none." With Sanders Commings it is not quite as cut and dry, but it can't help but be suspected that had the staff left him at one position during his career if he would not have even more success.
Commings has been moved to corner, to safety, back to corner, back to safety and now is back at corner to wrap up his career. Hopefully this season Commings is able to truly spend the year playing just one spot.
Oh, and we'd be remiss if we did not mention that Commings will only have 10 regular season games to grow into that role. The rising senior is suspended his first two games for a domestic altercation.
After serving the suspension,Commings, I expect, will work his way back into the line up relatively quickly. His secondary pals, Bacarri Rambo and Branden Smith, both face suspensions as well and for Georgia getting their full complement of players back will be a big deal.
With Branden Smith on the opposite side, it will be interesting to see how teams look to attack Georgia. Commings has more experience but Smith is a more dynamic playmaker. Commings should build upon his 11 pass break-ups from a season ago and, with the SEC's losses to the NFL draft, there is room for Commings to break into the top of the cornerback heap.