Posted: 2:10 am Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Who is UGA’s most important football signee? Not who you think 

By Michael Carvell

Who is UGA’s most important signee from this year’s recruiting class?

It’s not Lorenzo Carter, Nick Chubb or Sony Michel — even though they certainly have star power.

Due to an unforeseen turn of events, UGA’s most important signee will likely be Shattle Fenteng, the defensive back from Hutchinson junior college.

DB Shattle Fenteng

DB Shattle Fenteng

The former Grayson High School standout was almost an afterthought during last February’s signing day, but things have changed radically after UGA lost three of four starters from the defensive secondary, including the dismissals of Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Yes, UGA has three other defensive backs in this signing class, but they are all straight out of high school. Fenteng has two years of junior college under his belt and is more physically developed. It seems logical that UGA will look at him first to try to fill the alarming void in the secondary.

The only concern about that is that Fenteng hasn’t arrived on UGA’s campus with the rest of the signees.

He’s still finishing up one more class (English Composition II) before he can officially earn his two-year degree and transfer to UGA. He hopes to report to the Bulldogs by June 28.

“Yeah, I was supposed to get out earlier but something happened last semester,” Fenteng told the AJC.

“I was supposed to report with everybody else in May. I’m not going to lie. I was kind of mad because I wanted to get there on time so I can learn the playbook fast. But everything happens for a reason, so …”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder had a long conversation with UGA’s coaches about his situation. “Coach Richt told me that I was worth that wait and that he wasn’t really mad. He just said I was worth the wait.”

What does Fenteng think about all the changes in the secondary? He’s still processing it.

“I haven’t talked to anybody about (Matthews),” Fenteng said. “Last time I talked to Coach Pruitt was when Shaq Wiggins transferred. He just told me to come in ready to take a spot. He told me that if guys aren’t doing the right things, he’s going to let them go.”

“That shocked me about losing those guys. I didn’t think that would happen. That’s a lot of talent we lost.”

It’s a negative for UGA but a positive for Fenteng: There were already high expectations (since he’s ranked as the nation’s No. 1 defensive back out of junior college) but now he could be named as a starter as soon as he shows up for class.

“I know it’s a good opportunity for me and I’m excited,” Fenteng said. “But I’m not really worried about the people who left because I’m going to play hard regardless. I feel like even if they would’ve stayed, I would’ve had a chance. I love competition. I’m not scared of it.”

Fenteng is working with a personal trainer to stay in shape. “I don’t want to get to Georgia out of shape. I will be ready.”

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65 comments
greenedefense
greenedefense

Grantham was told by Mcgarity that there would be no raise or extension to his contract. Grantham also saw the writing on the wall. He moved on and got a raise from Louisvillle. It was a win for both parties.

greenedefense
greenedefense

They wanted Mathews gone before this latest incident and Wiggins saw the writing on the wall before him.

UGA got rid of Lakatos, Grantham, Clemons, Wiggins and Mathews who all contributed to the worst secondary in school history.

greenedefense
greenedefense

My prediction is Swann, Green, Parrish and Fenteng will the 4 starters against Clemson

HotDawg
HotDawg

I know it seems impossible at this point, but UGA does have enough defensive backs to play in a game. Bill King had a recent blog (prior to Matthews) listing the DB's on team along with ones entering this summer. Quite a few names will be competing. Pruitt will get the best ones on the field.

Have faith. Chill out and lets get to the games before judging.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Great attitude Shattle. Looking forward to your presence in the secondary.

greenedefense
greenedefense

Still the best film that I have seen is that of Isaiah McKenzie! That guy is going to be a star if he can stay out of trouble! 

greenedefense
greenedefense

Everyone need to remember that last years secondary was the worst in UGA history and we still won 8 games. This year the secondary will surprise most and be solid. Thanks to the exit of Todd Grantham and his crew of under achievers. The funny thing is it didn't cost UGA anything to get rid of these viruses! I'm still shocked that Louisville actually paid that guy 1 million per year to be their defensive coordinator. LOL

greenedefense
greenedefense

OMG, Fenteng is a great cover corner!!!!!!! He reminds me a little of a mixture of Deion Sanders and Dre Kirpatrick. We have not had a cover man like this in a long time. No wonder Pruitt is getting rid of those other under achieving bums!

camden74
camden74

JJ Green will once again show his value and versatility......... :-D

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

My boy Shattle Fenteng! I love the name! Lol! He's the #1 JUCO CB. He will start and he will produce. He's a big corner. 6'2 corner? Yeah I'll take it

Rick_James
Rick_James

@GTBob 

"Rick James obsession with GTBob continues"

Bob if I addressed you on Tech blogs you might have an argument..But you're a Tech fan and you post the same garbage everyday on UGA related blogs..Hopefully Tech football will become relavant again and you'll have something to be happy about..I understand that your objective is to make Georgia fans as miserable as you are but I dont see that happening anytime soon..

Rick_James
Rick_James

The POAD2014 obsession with UGA football continues...

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

The SC game looks really interesting now.

Spurrier has no proven WRs, yet UGA has an unproven secondary.  Will spurrier air it out or give the ball to his best offensive weapon in mike davis?

Rick_James
Rick_James

GT Bob's obsession with UGA football continues...

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

This kid is a stud so I hope he gets there and can figure it out. He and Green are going to carry that secondary. Swann plays like a wuss and Moore is mediocre.

GTBob
GTBob

The most important recruit for UGA is the one who can stay out of trouble and on the field. Time will tell if any members of the class meet that criteria. 

FLASUX
FLASUX

Michael, great article. Looking forward to seeing this kid in the secondary. Also, considering how bad this UGA crew was, I'm glad to see them gone. Possibly the worst UGA has ever seen back there. However, The North Ave. Trade School sitill couldn't beat us. So there's that.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Kid is supposed to good, we'll see. I have a feeling that after the summer work with Pruitt, that Moore and Mauger may be his starting safties. If they can teach Swann how to tackle, he will be fine at one side. He can cover if he will keep his mind on his business. J.J. has his spot. I think an all out war for other corner spot. Hard to predict on that side. Parrish?

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Isn't English Composition II a Middle School 8th Grade Class to prepare for the rigors of writing for ALL classes in High School? 


Teachers? 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I will assume you're in the know about this statement and if so what it tells me is Mark can't manage his coaching staff. If the AD is called upon to handle the contract of an assistant instead of the HC then you have a problem. Richt should have walked into the AD's office and told him he wanted to fire Todd and asap. If money is the main reason you keep a staff member that wasn't getting it done then shame on Mark and the AD. Do your job.

Atomic Dawg
Atomic Dawg

@greenedefense What you don't kow is Matthews said he was gonna leave anyway...You really think we wnted to keep a guy that publically said he wanted to leave...he also got in trouble on three different occasions. 

Dawggie
Dawggie

@greenedefense  Richt "got rid" of the players, true, but the coaches left on their own.  Richt himself said after the season that, "Continuity is a good thing at Georgia."  He had no plans to "get rid" of his staff.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Rick_James  There is a phrase that old country folks would apply to GTBob and his actions:  "Done et up with hate!".  Amazing how wise those folks were.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@POAD2014 Next time you make personal attacks on a kid, you will be banned. I enjoy your comments overall but that will not be tolerated. Thanks

delane1212
delane1212

SC lost Bruce Ellington, Connor Shaw and one OLman.  I think that the WR's and RB's are very good and deep.  Good TE's too.

I think UGA most important new comer will be Sony or Chubbs.  Uga will need to score a lot of point and every team is going to focus on stopping Gurley.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@P_The_Ricker  Spurrier will go after the secondary like he did last year.  Now the question is whether he will try to nickel and dime us to death because Thompson is not very mobile.  If we bring the heat he will have to get rid of it in a hurry.  And I have a feeling that Coach Pruitt is going to gamble a bit more on using the solid front 7 to protect the secondary.  Davis is a good back but I think he will find it rough going if Thompson can't take the heat.

kerryb
kerryb

@GTBob The most important recruit for Tech?  Well actually there are no recruits at Tech that are that important.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ColumbusDawg  I am pretty sure it will be Fenteng.  Swann better watch his job.  Parrish will see the field as well.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

JP has to have a combination of at least 6 good DB's so he can mix and match vs the offense then hope for no injuries.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@Delusionaldog English Comp II is a common freshman-level class at many colleges, including mine.  And I'd bet your imaginary cars that I attended a more prestigious institution than you did.

FLASUX
FLASUX

If you've heard any of these kids speak it's a wonder they don't have to take that class EVERY year. (Exception- Malcom Mitchell. Speaks fluent English)

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Delusionaldog English Comp II, heck he had better start realizing these teachers are called Professors! Coach Todd will help him out.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Dawggie  I am not convinced that the coaches were not given an opportunity to find other options rather than ruin their reputations.  Look at how Lakatos left.  No, they were run off politely.

TU
TU

@DawginCO @P_The_Ricker If Thompson has a gun, Spurrier will get him there. Also, Williams - Brice has an 18 game streak.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@DawginCO @P_The_Ricker He more went after langley than the secondary last year...and that was more to make a statement to langley.  davis had a lot of runs, while shaw had a lot of designed qb draws as well.

UGA's secondary of year's past have been able to make wr groups of other teams look like all-pros, but I don't expect the same result this year.  different approach this go-around with pruitt and SC has absoluely no one.  they have one guy (roland) that was highly regarded and that guy has been a bust thus far.  ellington was their bread and butter last year in the passing game.

i expect a lot of runs to keep the ball away from the UGA offense.

GTBob
GTBob

@kerryb The most important recruit for Tech is any recruit who has 4 stars next to his name and at least a 50% chance of passing his classes.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ColumbusDawg  Corner.  He is pretty physical at the line of scrimmage.  He does a good job of fending off the wrs hands.  We need a big corner and I think that is exactly what Pruitt will do with him.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bama tried that last year and we crashed and burned. The secondary play was the main reason Bama didn't have a great year. Everybody got hurt early and the assistant coach Nick hired to replace JP wasn't page one and it showed.