Marc Deas is one of the prospects South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons evaluated this spring. Deas…
Is safety at UGA right for Deas?
"The camp went real good and I got to look around a lot more this time too," said Marc Deas. "I was up there for three days and two nights, so I got to check out the dorms, the non-athletic facilities, and learn more about the school. I really enjoyed looking around and stuff again to find out more about where I am going to be living." Deas arrived on Friday and he got a chance to see what he will be doing this time next year. A lot of the news guys are just getting started and he was impressed with what he saw. "I saw O.C. (Orson Charles) out there, Aaron Murray, Branden Smith, and a lot of the true freshmen that just moved in. We have a good looking class and I think the one I am in is going to be just as good. I was watching them lift weights, trying to see what they were working on, and things like that. I couldn't help but think about me doing that next year." He got a look at his future teammates getting after it in the weight room on day one and then he got to work for his future position coach on day two. The Mark Richt camp was when Deas got to work at safety for the first time. "I had never been back there at safety before and I have to say it was different," admitted Deas. "I was there to learn the position, to figure out what I need to work on, and I think I did pretty good. It was a lot of fun learning and working with Coach [Willie] Martinez." "He helped me a lot with my back peddle, changing direction, adjusting to the ball, and some other things. He showed me some drills to work on that he showed a lot of defensive backs, so I am going to use those when I can at school. I think I adjusted to safety well." The biggest difference from linebacker to safety for the 6-foot, 185 pound athlete out of Kissimmee, Fla. was the change of direction. Deas is used to getting down hill in a hurry at middle linebacker for the Kowboys, but he will have to play a little different when he gets to Athens. Deas and Coach Martinez have a great relationship. "I can be real aggressive and just go north-south most of the time at linebacker, but I can't play that way at safety. I move around a lot more, I have to be more patient, and I have to move in different directions a lot more. There is a lot more space I will be responsible at that position, so I am looking forward to covering more ground." The UGA commitment is pretty hard on himself, but he was pleased with his performance on Saturday. He knows he was not perfect, but he thought he held his own. "I only had four passes caught against me in about 20 attempts, so I think I covered really well. I worked on some man to man coverage and cover two, so I think I did well. I did not have any interceptions, but I think I covered receivers well. It was a learning experience and I would give myself a solid B. It was my first time, but I felt I was one of the best out there." He was learning from one of the best too. Coach Martinez has been around for years, he has put many defensive backs in the NFL, and Deas hopes he is headed in that direction. "He is a good teacher and I think he is going to make me into a big-time safety," said Deas. "I am looking forward to working with him when I get to Georgia and we are just going to keep building out relationship up between now and then. We have a good one already and we both know what we want at Georgia, so it is going to be a good match." The connection Deas has with Georgia has already made him a little homesick. Most of the time when guys are homesick, it is because they are out of state and they want to go home, but it was a little different for Deas. "When I was on the way home from Georgia, I wanted to go back. I was already missing it and feeling like I belonged there. I am still very happy with my decision to be a Bulldog and I am now trying to graduate early so I can get there sooner. It is just the perfect place for me and I can't wait to go back up there." Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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