Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the Lowndes High product “can help us in a lot of different spots.”
Harvey-Clemons was listed at 6-foot-5, 208 pounds when he signed. Grantham was asked Friday about if he could play in the secondary.
“It’s no different than Tree a few years ago,” Grantham said, referring to inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who began his career as a safety. “Tree was a guy that was probably a little under (225 pounds) when he came here. He continued to grow, and he’s obviously gotten bigger and he’s closer to 240 now.”
As for his position, Grantham said, “We’ll just evaluate things as we get closer to Aug. 1 and seeing where guys go, but right now he’s playing outside backer.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt has mentioned that Harvey-Clemons could be a weapon as a red-zone receiver.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said there will be a plan during the preseason to give Harvey-Clemons an opportunity to get practice snaps on offense.
“We’re thin at receiver and they’re thin in the back end and a little bit at linebacker, so both sides would like to use him,” Bobo said. “We’ve just got to see where he best fits the team.”
Georgia is thin in the secondary to start the season due to looming suspensions.
Sanders Comings will serve a two-game suspension, but that’s the only discipline that Georgia has announced. Safety Bacarri Rambo, cornerback Branden Smith and Ogletree are also facing suspensions. Smith is expected to be suspended at least a game after his arrest for possession of marijuana. Rambo had his second violation of Georgia’s drug-testing policy.
Coaches have sidestepped providing details on the pending discipline.
“Right now, you have the media guide right there,” Grantham said. “So they’re all available.”
Signee Atkins not qualified, to enroll in prep school
A second member of Georgia’s 19-player signing class will have to delay his arrival at Georgia.
Defensive line signee John Atkins from Thomson High did not qualify academically after getting final word back this week from the NCAA clearinghouse. Atkins took the ACT last month in hopes of qualifying.
He plans to attend prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia this fall, he confirmed Friday evening, with hopes of being able to enroll at Georgia in January.
Another Georgia signee, linebacker Leonard Floyd from Dodge County, also plans to go to Hargrave with an eye on getting to Georgia this winter.
Georgia’s other 17 signees are already on campus.
Bobo missing Mitchell, who is working at defensive back
Malcolm Mitchell moved to cornerback prior to spring practice.
That doesn’t mean that Bobo is quite over not having the playmaking sophomore at receiver.
As he talked about losses on offense from last season, Mitchell didn’t go unmentioned.
“We lost three linemen,” Bobo said. “Still trying to find those five to seven linemen that are going to play and help us. We lose our top two tight ends. We lose our top fullback. One of our running backs is now gone and Grantham’s trying to steal one of our receivers.”
Grantham can understand if Bobo is upset.
“He should be,” Grantham said. “I would be upset if I was him, too.”
Grantham thanked Georgia president Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity and Richt for his new title of associate head coach (and his $75,000 raise), but indicated that his duties will hardly change.
“I think that we’ve really just scratched the surface on what we can do,” he said. “We’ve just got to understand the things that got us here last year and continue to work hard to improve.”
…Prized freshman offensive lineman John Theus could push for a starting job, but where he will line up when practices begin is still to be determined. “We’re playing around with it a lot right now,” Bobo said. “It’s not going to be set in stone until we get out there and practice. I can’t really answer that right now where he’s going to start the first day of practice.”
..Georgia spokesman Claude Felton confirmed Friday that defensive back Quintavious Harrow has “left the team.” He did not provide the reason why, but it’s an academically-related issue.