SunStateFootball Take: Nickell Robey

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Posted Jul 21, 2009


Georgia received their 17th commit of the 2010 recruiting class and 7th from the Sunshine State when Athlete Nickell Robey made his pledge on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE PLAYER: Speed, quickness, and versatility define Nickell Robey as a player. From a pure athlete perspective, his 40, vertical, long jump, and shuttle put him amongst the elite in the country. He has been a long time big play threat for Frostproof on both sides of the ball and has consistently shined at various camps/combines. He should make his mark early on special teams, particularly punt returns where his attributes are ideally suited. As a CB(where UGA is recruiting him) the big question will be size. He stands just 5'7.5 and the SEC is known for big, physical WR's. With the proliferation of spread offenses and 3-4 WR sets, he may find a long term home against the slot types where physically he will be less of a mismatch. Don't rule out offense down the road either as he is simply electric with the ball in his hands, he could easily be used in some offensive packages.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR GEORGIA: Of the out of state schools, Georgia is a clear winner thus far in the Sunshine State with 7 commits. After landing the Plant duo in 2009(QB Aaron Murray and TE Orson Charles) and a Cardinal Gibbons duo in 2008 (DE Jeremy Longo and K Blair Walsh), the floodgates have appeared to open for the Bulldogs in Florida.

Georgia landed two CB's in the 2009 class with all-everything Branden Smith receiving a ton of accolades including Scout.com's #2 overall CB prospect. Jordan Love was the other and he appears to be more of a physical presence. Jacksonville product Derek Owens has been one of the top play-makers in that area for two years and is a verbal for 2010. Owens has a lot of moxie and play-making ability. With the addition of Robey, the 'Dawgs have some serious speed at CB going forward. One can't help but note that with UF's success and emphasis on speed that this is UGA's response. Robey and Smith can run with anyone. It is thought that Georgia would like to add another CB and it appears St. Thomas product Cody Riggs heads that list. Riggs would be an ideal fit here because he is a pure, refined CB who is ready to go. You won't find a more fundamentally sound CB in the country. He is battle tested as well, having played against D-1 WR's Duron Carter and Dwayne Difton last year in practice.



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