Look at us, football talk in June! It's like we're the freakin' SEC over here!
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
HS: Oscar F. Smith
2011 Stats: N/A.
2012 Projections: George is slated to be senior Ri’Shard Anderson's backup at one of the corner spots. Given the change over in the secondary the last couple of seasons, and factoring in the usual assortment of summer defections, George's reserve status could change, quickly.
The only one who could replace a dude named Ri'Shard has to be a dude named Jaston, right?
Scouts/Rivals said: Scout gave George 3 stars, rating him in the top 100 recruits at corner back (89). Rivals gave George 2 stars, but that's only because they kept confusing him with George Jaston, an overweight punter from New Jersey.
ESPN's gave George 3 stars as well. The catch is ESPN's ratings are compiled by Skip Bayless. So while 3 stars sounds decent, it's actually not, as 3 stars equals less than one full 'Tim Tebow.' It takes 5 stars to earn just one 'Tim Tebow' (Five Tebows is the highest rating.) according to Bayless' rankings.
Money Quote: The boys over at Orange Fizz deconstructed George's Twitter Feed musings a while back and the following is some of the gold they mined (only one word was substit...uted):
'Is it true theory that if you were breastfed you like (breasts) more then ass but if you wnt is vise verse?'
Granted, I could have gone with any number of other quotes here, but this one just spoke to me. Also, it seems George has taken down his feed. Sad faces all around.
How'd he get here? George chose Syracuse over East Carolina, Richmond and Norfolk State. George evidently picked the Orange over the other schools because Syracuse offered him a scholarship first and because the coaching staff, mainly SU assistant Rob Moore, went hardcore after the running back/defensive back.
Links of Wonder: During his junior season opener, on national television, George put on a tackling clinic for the ESPNU audience. George recorded a then career-high 11 tackles in his team's 27-13 victory over fellow national scholastic power Venice.
What does Marrone think? When George enrolled at Syracuse in the winter of 2011, a semester early, Marrone must have had little expectations for the kid from Virginia, because the coach had this to say about the early birds just a few days into spring practice:
'I think it's still early yet, but I'm really impressed with all of the first-year guys that are in here, about how they've acclimated to the team and the way we practice and the coaching. … It's not a sense of wide-eyed.'
Nugget O' Intrest: Remember last month when Arkansas wideout, and one time highly sought-after recruit, Quinta Funderburk, decided to transfer to Syracuse and our collective reaction was, 'Whaa?'
Well, Funderburk, recruited by SU during his high school days, and George were teammates at Oscar Smith.
Let's get a good look atchya: Oscar Smith isn't just a name of a uppity English accountant living with a sloppy roommate, it's a legit high school football power too. Here's video proof of that and of George's dominance in high school.