4-Star DB Steven Nelson Decommits from Georgia: Where Do Bulldogs Turn Now?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 14, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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4-star defensive back Steven Nelson has been a Georgia Bulldogs commitment since February of 2012, but that commitment no longer stands, as the JUCO recruit from Warner Robins, Ga. has decommited.

Radi Nabusli of ESPN.com reports the news of Nelson's decommitment:

Georgia’s 2013 recruiting class took at hit in the secondary Tuesday when cornerback Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias) decommitted from the Bulldogs, according to his coach Fred Zepeda.

“He decommitted from Georgia,” Zepeda said. “He has not committed to anyone else but he is very interested in Oregon State.”

Nelson is considered to be the No. 1 JUCO cornerback recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so this is definitely not an easy loss for Georgia. Frankly, it's never good to lose a commitment, especially one that has been around for so long.

Where do Mark Richt and the Bulldogs turn from here in an effort to make up for their loss?

The good news is that Georgia has a surplus in the secondary, even without Nelson.

Georgia's 2013 class still has six other defensive backs committed, two of which are corners in 4-star recruit Reggie Wilkerson and 3-star recruit Shaquille Wiggins.

It also isn't out of the realm of possibility to see a few of those safeties try to slide over to corner and be bigger, shutdown corners.

3-star recruit Shaquille Fluker has the intangibles to do it, measuring in at 6'1" and 205 pounds while running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, according to Rivals, as does 3-star safety commit Quincy Mauger, who checks in at 6'0'' and 197 pounds and runs a 4.46 40, according to Rivals.

Furthering that theory is the fact that the Bulldogs depth chart is pretty stacked at safety.

They have five safeties on the current depth chart, and three of them are underclassmen. With the amount of safeties that they have coming in, plus the favorable depth, Georgia would be wise to just transition one or two of their safety recruits over to corner, and that would more than make up for the loss of Nelson.

They don't even need to go out and try to recruit another corner. At this point, it's not close to being a necessity.

It's never good to lose a recruit, but in the case of Georgia, it'll be just fine without Nelson.

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