October 15, 2012

Coming out of their shell



Military Academy has long been a friend of many of the top college football programs in the country.

When a player narrowly misses qualifying after signing with the choice of their school, Hargrave is a place where many of them go to get their academics in order and grow as a football player.

Georgia is one of the many programs that has developed a strong relationship with the prep school located in Chatham, Va., and sent two players from their 2012 signing class there in defensive tackle John Atkins and defensive end/outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Hargrave head coach Troy Davis, who also serves as offensive and defensive coordinator, welcomed the two UGA signees with open arms, and says that since the two have enrolled, he has been impressed.

"John and Leonard are really good players. Both are competitors that work hard and get after it. Georgia has a couple of really good players with those two," said Davis. "They are quiet guys and really just laid-back country boys, but they are coming out of their shell some too. I'm excited for them and can't wait for them to finish up here and move on to bigger things at the next level."

Atkins is lining up at defensive tackle for the Tigers, which is virtually the same position he was recruited to play in Georgia's 3-4 scheme.

Floyd, however, has had to make a transition since enrolling at Hargrave because he had played in a three-point stance at Dodge County High School, but is now seeing action at linebacker for the first time in his career.

According to Davis, one would think the four star prospect had played the position his whole life.

"Leonard is going to be a special player for Georgia. He is the type guy that is a hybrid, and he has gotten bigger since being here and I know they will put some weight on him too," said Davis. "He can play on the edge. He can play on the end with his hand on the ground or stand up. He is a true pro style 3-4 guy that can get after it, and he can play in space too because he can move from sideline to sideline. He's just a great athlete."

The Bulldogs are obviously keeping tabs on those two current commitments, and Davis says that Georgia has also shown interest in another one of his talented players.

Offensive tackle Sonny Odogwu, who already holds a few offers, has caught the eye of the Georgia staff and while an offer hasn't been extended, the Bulldogs are certainly intrigued with the Baltimore native's upside.

"Sonny has only played for two years and he has a lot of upside on him. Georgia is trying to get in on him. I don't know if they are going to offer but they are interested," said Davis. "Mississippi State has offered recently. He has an offer from Texas A&M and Texas Tech too. Maryland likes him a lot too."

At 6-foot-8, 308 pounds, Odogwu certainly looks the part of an SEC lineman, but Davis says that his best football is still ahead of him due to the fact that he is still very new to the game of football.

"He's only been playing football for two years. He played basketball, and then started playing football," said Davis. "A lot of schools like him because he has a lot of potential and a great frame. He's a real good athlete, and he came here to get better as a player. He wanted to get stronger and get better with his technique."

As almost every team in college football knows, linemen with Odogwu's size and speed don't come around very often, so with his presence, plus the attendance of Floyd and Atkins at Hargrave, much of Bulldog Nation will be interested in the developments coming out of Chatham in the coming months.

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