Even though top-shelf recruits are heavily scouted and scrutinized, sometimes they still impress the coaches who recruited them to their campus. That’s the case for Georgia freshman Tyrique Stevenson.

“You go watch practice, you watch that guy for a little bit, you’re saying, ‘Holy moly, we got a ballplayer,’” Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning said during a press conference this week. “And that’s what he is so we’ve got to do a good job of coaches and getting them ready to go out there and play.”

A one-time Florida commit and recruiting casualty of the recent coaching change by the Gators, the Miami, Florida native and 4-star recruit by 247 Sports, is likely competing for a backup cornerback job this preseason. He’s listed at 6-feet and 202 pounds.

“Tyrique Stevenson’s a playmaker and one of the things, you go back to talk about havoc, when you put guys out in the field, there’s guys that do their assignments and then there’s guys who create production,” Lanning said. “What we want are guys to do is both. Tyrique Stevenson is a guy that was extremely productive this spring and as he continues to become more disciplined with his eyes and more disciplined with his play, he’s going to be a guy that can do both for us and we’re very excited to see the plays he can make.”