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Reaction: UGA recruit on resignation of Bulldogs coach

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One of UGA’s recruits at defensive back was unsure how his commitment to the Bulldogs is affected by the departure of an assistant coach.

Scott Lakatos, UGA’s defensive back coach, resigned for “personal reasons” on Thursday, less than a month away from signing day.

UGA DB commit Shattle Fenteng of Grayson High School (Hutchinson JC)

UGA DB commit Shattle Fenteng of Grayson High School (Hutchinson JC)

UGA has three commits at defensive back, including Shattle Fenteng, the former Grayson High School standout who plays at Hutchinson junior college in Kansas. Fenteng was contacted before the news went public on Thursday by UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“Coach Grantham let me know what was going on,” Fenteng said. “It made me feel good that he called, and it helped me understand the situation. I feel like Coach Lakatos is leaving for the right reasons. He has some family issues that he needed to take care of.

“I really don’t know yet how I feel about (the change). I don’t know how I’m going to react. But, so far, I don’t see a difference.

“Coach Grantham said he is going to try to hire someone within the next week. He’s waiting for some NFL guys to call him back. He said he wants to get a good coach so he can develop me to go to the NFL.”

UGA’s other recruits at defensive back are Brooks County High School’s Malkom Parrish and Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla. The Bulldogs have 16 overall commitments for their 2014 class and hope to sign at least one more defensive back, with the top target being M.L. High School’s Wesley Green.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Fenteng is scheduled to take his official visit to UGA on Jan. 16. He also has set up a recruiting trip to another SEC school, but that was planned before Lakatos’ resignation. “No, (Lakatos) had nothing to do with it,” he said.

Over the holiday break, Fenteng hung out with two of his former Grayson teammates, Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche, who both play at Ole Miss and are trying to convince Fenteng to join them. Fenteng has plans to tour Ole Miss on Jan. 24.

“I just feel it’s like a family thing over there because of my boys,” Fenteng said. “I like how Ole Miss is not a losing program. They win games.”

Fenteng said he’s also considering an official visit to Arizona State, among three other schools. “My coach told me that Auburn and Ohio State were real interested in me, then they heard I committed so they fell back a little bit. Then they heard that I might be taking other visits, so they might want to offer me. I don’t know yet.”

When asked about the status of his commitment to UGA, Fenteng said, “UGA is my No. 1 right now, and I’m committed there. But I still want to take my visits and see stuff for myself. I have five visits to take, and I think it would be dumb if I didn’t take more than one.”

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