Shaquille Fluker: UGA lands No. 26 with JC safety

UGA has picked up commitment No. 26.

Shaquille Fluker, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety from East Mississippi junior college, pledged to UGA on Tuesday.

UGA has 26 commitments for 2013 ... by August (AJC)

UGA has 26 commitments for 2013 ... by August (AJC)

“I picked Georgia because when I was there, it was a nice facility to be around and nice people to meet — and me knowing that there have been a lot of people that came and played for Georgia have really been known, and gone to great places,” Fluker told the AJC.

“So with me wanting to be a part of that, and wanting to be known, I was thinking Georgia could help me with that, as being part of that tradition.”

Fluker is the second safety to commit to UGA in two days, following in the footsteps of Monday’s decision by Paris Bostick of Tampa, Fla.

Fluker picked UGA over football scholarship offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss and Arizona State. Out of Mississippi’s Meridian High School in 2011, Fluker only had offers from Arkansas State and South Alabama. He earned the attention of bigger D1 programs after his freshman season at East Mississippi.

Fluker gave UGA’s Mark Richt the news on Monday night, and said there really wasn’t a close runner-up to UGA. “They were already my No. 1 choice to begin with.”

“I was very impressed with his tape,” said Rusty Mansell, a National Recruiting Analyst with 247sports. “He’s very physical. On the first two plays, he knocks the other guy’s helmet completely off. He’s a good-looking kid from a physical standpoint. He’s just very physical on film, that just jumps out at you.”

Out of UGA’s 26 commitments for its 2013 recruiting class, four are safeties, with the three others in high school – Newnan’s Tray Matthews, Kell’s Quincy Mauger and Bostick.

“Obviously, Shaq will have the chance to play pretty quickly with [the players UGA is losing in the defensive secondary],” Mansell said. “He will enroll early, learn the defense in the offseason, and have a chance to play early.”

UGA will likely sign around 34 in February. Around 9-10 are expected to enroll early at UGA, including Fluker.

UGA commits for 2013

  1. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  2. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  3. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  4. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  5. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  6. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  7. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek, S.C.
  8. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  9. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  10. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  11. LB Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  12. ATH JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS
  13. DB Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citron, Fla.
  14. OL Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS
  15. OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Walton HS
  16. WR Uriah LeMay, 6-1, 200, Matthews, N.C.
  17. WR Reggie Davis, 6-1, 155, Tallahassee, Fla.
  18. OLB Naim Mustafaa, 6-4, 235, Alpharetta HS
  19. WR-DB Rico Johnson, 5-11, 171, Swainsboro HS
  20. S Quincy Mauger, 6-0, 197, Kell HS
  21. ILB Tim Kimbrough, 6-1, 225, Indianapolis, Ind.
  22. LB Shaun McGee, 6-2, 230, Brookwood HS
  23. TE Jordan Davis, 6-4, 220, Thomson HS
  24. OT Trenton Brown, 6-9, 350, Georgia Military JC
  25. S Paris Bostick, 6-2, 220, Tampa, Fla.
  26. S Shaquille Fluker, 6-1, 205, East Mississippi JC

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172 comments Add your comment

SCDawg

August 14th, 2012
1:40 pm

Sounds like a good pickup, and should come in ready to play.

keep on counting

August 14th, 2012
1:42 pm

Yes….building that depth with quality talent…

SCDawg

August 14th, 2012
1:42 pm

Defensive commits have been rolling in steadily. I sure would love to see a few more OL commits by the end of the year, but otherwise shaping up into a really nice class.

stars replacing stars

August 14th, 2012
1:45 pm

DB help…gotta love it

VA DAWG

August 14th, 2012
1:46 pm

Welcome to DAWGNATION! Look forward to seeing Shaq suit up for the Good Guys. Should see the field quickly if he comes and works his tail off. Good luck the rest of your JC year and we’ll see you ‘tween the hedges soon.

P_The_Ricker

August 14th, 2012
1:46 pm

Was this recent committment the product of:

a. concern if offer may be pulled, or at least pending lack of further interest on account of recent committment by bostick
b. expectation that matthews may in fact go to auburn
c. none of the above

P_The_Ricker

August 14th, 2012
1:46 pm

Was this recent committment the product of:

a. concern if offer may be pulled, or at least pending lack of further interest on account of recent committment by bostick
b. expectation that matthews may in fact go to auburn
c. none of the above

stars replacing stars

August 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

I agree, let’s add some more OL. Seem to have some good talent committed on the O-line, but can’t ever have enough.

dawggie

August 14th, 2012
1:48 pm

Great pick up! Hope this isn’t a “replacement” pick up for our Dawgs and a sign of a T.Matthews flip..

Close out with Tunsil, Woods, Griffin, Kamara and I hope Henry. Now that would be a true dream team.

Last Time

August 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

Please don’t be the 2nd coming of “The Hitman”. I hope he can contribute because we/UGA will be bare at safety next year!

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

August 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

Over 25! How evil!

GUTRAKE

August 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

At this point, give me Tunsil, M. Adams, Kels. Griffin, Matthew Thomas, Dev. Seymour and Marq. North….I will be very happy with this class!

VA DAWG

August 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

Hopefully we’ll round out this month with Woods and Griffin. They’ll make one heck of a line combination with the others (Moose, Mayes, etc.). Grantham is really shaping the defense up for years of future success. Gotta love it. GO DAWGS!

GUTRAKE

August 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

Oh…I forgot! Crowder would be a big OL pickup, too…

Big Dawg

August 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

Go Dawgs!! We are about to sign 34!!!!!!! I like that we are getting this depth chart filled. Now, let’s get Laremy, Jay Woods, and Griffin.

G-Dawg

August 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

Oline help will come in the near future…patience grasshoppas!!

Hold on!!!!

August 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

@ P The Ricker- C. none of the above. After this year, we have only have 2 safeties on scholly left. Corey Moore and Marc Deas. This is completely a depth issue. We feel pretty confident Tray sticks to his commitment. I see Fluker and Tray both playing next year.

ryan

August 14th, 2012
1:53 pm

Like what we have done in building the secondary from what heard about Tray Mathew from the interviews after his visits he looks solid to us and plus with news about Auburn lately it makes sense for him to remain a dawg .

Gene's Chizek

August 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

H U M P E R ‘ S do you really think it matters what kind of class ranking Richt gets? In the last 11 years he has the #2 overall class and nothing but Jail Time to show for it.

Lazarus

August 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

How many Safeties do we need?
if we are signing 30, PLEASE STOP AT 4 SAFETIES!
LINE, LINE and MORE LINE, Please!

Fan

August 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

@Hold on

JHC is now a safety

many thanks

August 14th, 2012
1:57 pm

Hard hitter! Maybe this is our new Thomas Davis!

ryan

August 14th, 2012
1:58 pm

Chizik your lecturing UGA about Jail and police when i believe several Auburn players have gotten in trouble the past couple years including recently M. Dyer who got kicked off the team not to mention your program is dirty .

Go Figure

August 14th, 2012
1:59 pm

Gene’s Chizek

August 14th, 2012
1:54 pm
H U M P E R ‘ S do you really think it matters what kind of class ranking Richt gets? In the last 11 years he has the #2 overall class and nothing but Jail Time to show for it

…Except 5 wins Auburn over the last 6 years.

Nick

August 14th, 2012
1:59 pm

Awesome. As long as he doesn’t end up another Jakar Hamilton.

someone complain??! don't be stupid

August 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

Safeties in high schools might turn out to be linebackers in college or corner and of course free or strong Safety
keep bringing the DB’s…..only idiots would bitch

what the

August 14th, 2012
2:01 pm

They shoot people at Auburn

Hold on!!!!

August 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

@Fan He is labled a Safety this year, yes. He plays actually plays a Spur position in our defense. More of a nickle back, that can step up in run support. Throughout this year and the off-season, the coaches hope he can add weight (get in the 230 range) and can play OLB next year. I highly doubt he is at Safety next year if he adds his weight, as has been planned.

McDawg

August 14th, 2012
2:04 pm

Larry Larry Larry

Independent voter

August 14th, 2012
2:04 pm

Auburn ….. soon to be on probation !!!!

Thank god

August 14th, 2012
2:05 pm

Now trey can jump ship to a garbage auburn program, and we wont miss a beat. I feel trey is weak in coverage anyways. Shaq brings some serious heat and is more developed. Dont get me wrong, I love Trey, but this whole Reuben thing has me tired of recruits commiting and then decommitting and doing it all over again. Change the rules, let a kid sign when he commits

Lazarus

August 14th, 2012
2:06 pm

4 safeties is plenty. Nobody bitching.

now we are snatching 2 stars up. Recruiters need to start being more selective at this point and YES, pulling scholarship offers. Any 2 star they have offered will commit to grab the last few spots, therefore blocking us from getting better players.

Lazarus

August 14th, 2012
2:06 pm

4 safeties is plenty. Nobody bitching.

now we are snatching 2 stars up. Recruiters need to start being more selective at this point and YES, pulling scholarship offers. Any 2 star they have offered will commit to grab the last few spots, therefore blocking us from getting better players.

falcon fred

August 14th, 2012
2:08 pm

Richt doesn’t need o-linemen. Just scatbacks, QB’s that look good in practice, and $3 million a year from you idiots.

ryan

August 14th, 2012
2:09 pm

Guys have a feeling Trey is not flipping his dad did like Auburn but he wants his son to stick with his commitment from i have heard from his interviews he not going to drag this thing out .

McDawg

August 14th, 2012
2:11 pm

Tway wants to pway with his buddy wueben

ryan

August 14th, 2012
2:12 pm

I think we are done with getting S and CB’s we have Woods , Tunsil , Kamara and Griffin left think we have room for couple more recruits .

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

falcon fred

August 14th, 2012
2:08 pm

Richt doesn’t need o-linemen. Just scatbacks, QB’s that look good in practice, and $3 million a year from you idiots.

_________________________________________________________

The idiot Tech fan his here. Can’t you smell the jealousy?

7576DAWG

August 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

I know I am just regurgitating what a lot of the fans are saying but CMR and staff need to be reminded every day and maybe something will get done.
Looks like Grantham, Garner ,as Recruiting Coordinator , Olivadotti and Lakatos are doing a great job getting ready for a lot of the Defense to leave after the 2012 season. Something tells me other than the Defensive Linemen Georgia is recruiting, Garner really didn’t have much of a hand in the rest of the Defensive recruiting. But anticipating the need on the Defense gets Grantham an A+ in the commits for 2013.
What is Garner, Bobo and Friend doing about the offense. They are doing a great job recruiting every position except Offensive Linemen , which everybody knows is the key to whether the Offense works or not especially in the 3RD and 4TH quarter when we are playing a top 15 team. Need to sign at least 5 more top Offensive Linemen in this class. As great as CMR is doing pinpointing our specific needs next year it would be a shame not to get the Offensive linemen we need.

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:26 pm

Tray is not flipping. His Momma told a reporter before going to AU, “Go Dawgs”. She also wore a red dress to AU and told the coaches,” you know why I’m wearing this red dress don’t you?” Tray’s Momma LOVES the Dawgs and Tray will go where his Momma wants him to go.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

@ Genes Chizik:

You War Chickens have no shame. You are so constantly in trouble with the NCAA that they are opening an office less thn a mile from The Barn campus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have players in prison and more on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Former HC testified that The BARN pays players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now tell ALL of us how many UGA players ever got sent to prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then tell ALL of us how many times your joke of a football team made up of paid players beat Richt coached teams!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only one time The BARN won in the last decade was when “Cam the scam” took some of BARN’s dirty money!!!!!!!!!

You don’t qualify to be a moron or idiot so your rating remains Single Digit IQ!!!!!!!!!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToccoaDawg

August 14th, 2012
2:29 pm

Only Techies would complain about UGA signing more than 4 safety’s A kid signing as a safety out of high school could end up being a LB. Thank you Mark Richt for landing Coach Grantham or as we say in these parts “The G man”

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:30 pm

7576DAWG, i disagree. Trenton Brown is a monster, Brandon Kublanow, Andrew Bynum, Josh Cordiello, and soon to be Laramey Tunsil (who is a strong UGA lean). I think they are doing okay with the O-linemen. You add those to the players we have now and that’s quality depth.

EnW

August 14th, 2012
2:30 pm

There’s coach angelface, beating out Misses State and a 6-7 Pac 12 patsy for a recruit.

Couldn’t be any happier to add mediocre depth to fill in once Matthews announces he’s flipping to Auburn.

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

EnW

August 14th, 2012
2:30 pm

There’s coach angelface, beating out Misses State and a 6-7 Pac 12 patsy for a recruit.

Couldn’t be any happier to add mediocre depth to fill in once Matthews announces he’s flipping to Auburn.

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Another moronic post. There is a 99.99% chance Tray Mathews sticks with UGA. He’s not going anywhere else.

The General Feeling

August 14th, 2012
2:33 pm

Wait a minute. Just last week the UGA fans were saying they aready had all the DB’s they needed. Yet they get two more commits?

So I guess Von Bell is going to Tennessee?

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:34 pm

The coaches have never been concerned that Mathews was going anywhere else.

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:34 pm

We have 34 spots so we will take all of the good ones that want to come until it’s filled.

Kerryb

August 14th, 2012
2:36 pm

I think right now the main ones that UGA is waiting for is M. Adams, K. Griffin, and Tunsil. After that they will take a quality player at any position that wants to come.

7576DAWG

August 14th, 2012
2:38 pm

Lazarus
I disagree. A lot of the recruiting services don’t cover the Junior Colleges and a lot of the 3 star out of High School don’t get the proper coverage when they are rated. That is the reason there are so many high draft picks that come out of High School and Junior College with only a 2 star or especially a 3 star ratings. Our coaches like what they see and they realize that if these kids were followed closer or if they had more exposure , they would have been rated higher.
The kids we recruit are very important but the keys to Championships are to have a great Quarterback and a great Coaching staff.