June 13, 2013

UGASports Film Study: Malkom Parrish


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Georgia got yet another piece of big news on Thursday with the commitment of Brooks County cornerback Malkom Parrish.

The addition of Parrish gives UGA its fourth commitment in the last six days, and its second Rivals100 pledge in the last three days.

Below, UGASports breaks down Parrish's game and how he will fit in as a Bulldog.

Where he is great

Parrish is an elite athlete. He has is all when you consider explosiveness, flexibility, speed, and leaping ability. He flips his hips extremely well and changes direction as well as any prospect at his position in the country.

In addition to being an incredible athlete, Parrish is also an elite competitor. He only knows one speed, wide open, and never takes a play off. He is a snap-to-whistle player.

One of the things that stands out when you see Parrish in person is how well developed he is physically. Most 5-foot-10 cornerbacks are in the 165 to 175 pound range, but Parrish currently tips the scale at 188 pounds. He is also very strong.

At the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta, the two things that really caught the eye of the Rivals.com evaluators were his instincts and his hands. Parrish has an excellent ability to take crisp angles to the football, and he can make the tough catch in coverage. His ball skills are on par with the top cornerbacks in the 2014 class.

He is also a quiet but very confident athlete on the field. He doesn't trash talk much, but he does a ton of talking with his play.

Where he is good

Once the ball is in his hands, Parrish has big time play making ability. He does an excellent job of making people miss, and he has a nose for the end zone. Due to his reliable hands and ability to make plays as a ball carrier, he is an obvious candidate to handle punts and kickoffs at the next level.

Parrish is also physical. Whether it is at the line of scrimmage when he is jamming a receiver or flying up to make a tackle in the run game, he does so with authority.

His work ethic is also tough to match. Parrish has learned how to play multiple positions on the field because of how hard he worked at learning each position. He is more physically developed than his peers at cornerback because of the time he has put in the weight room.

Where he can improve

The biggest thing Parrish will need to work on at the next level is polishing up as a cornerback and learning his craft. When you see Parrish man up against a receiver now, he does it all with athleticism. At the next level, he will need to learn how to play different techniques and work on being more consistent and fundamentally sound at jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.

It isn't something that he can improve, but he is an average to slightly below average cornerback in terms of height. He makes up with that with his leaping ability and ball skills, but being 5-foot-10 won't be an advantage for him at the next level.

Overall

This is another great pickup for Georgia because Parrish, as was Nick Chubb, is the top player at his position in the Peach State. The South Georgia prospect has the makeup to be a turnover-creating machine in Athens. He can make plays on the ball and he can be a reliable defender on the edge against the run. His tireless work ethic and on-field energy make him a candidate to be a big time special teams player from day one, and his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands lead us to believe that he could make waves as a return man or two way player in Athens. His primary job in the Classic City, however, will be as a defender, and he has all the tools to be a great one.

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