Adrian Witty Position Question

Submitted by MGrad on December 12th, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I am hoping that people can shed some light on this for me.

Most of the threads that I see discuss Witty as a cornerback, but I thought that he was a safety in high school. Are people sliding him to corner mentally due to need, knowledge from coach feedback, or some other factor?

Seems like he might be a good deep safety given his speed and hitting ability.

Thoughts?

Comments

MinorRage

December 12th, 2009 at 8:59 PM ^

ever remember hearing about him playing safety. Rivals had him listed as a corner and ASAIK that's all he played. It's generally a lot more difficult getting a solid lock-down corner. D Warren has shown some ability to do this for us, but unfortunately the rest of the secondary has been so weak that they've had to move to a ton of zone packages. If we could have 2 lock down corners that gives Gerg a ton of flexibility in sending extra blitz packages.

Nickel

December 12th, 2009 at 11:32 PM ^

Definitely great to see us building depth for the future with all these kids.

I just hope people remember how young a lot of these players are going to be next season. Just look at Florida for an example, they've got one of the best defenses in the country this year with a loaded secondary, but two years ago when most of those players were freshmen they were getting lit up by just about any competent quarterback they faced. I hope some of those guys can step right in, but sometimes even the best need a year or two of seasoning.

MGrad

December 12th, 2009 at 9:08 PM ^

An way it shakes out, it's nice to see the defensive backfield loading up (MRob, CaJo and Vino at safety positions, too). MRob seems very physically ready for college, as does Witty and Carvin Johnson. Vinopal seems to have a great head for the game and some speed, too.

Magnus

December 13th, 2009 at 9:58 AM ^

What safeties are being projected as linebackers? Vinopal is a SS all the way. Robinson is coming in as a FS. The only other safety in this class is Carvin Johnson, and everything I've read indicates that he's a safety. I haven't heard anybody mention linebacker for him, even on message boards.

MLAWyer

December 13th, 2009 at 2:10 AM ^

Nobody puts Witty in the corner.

But seriously, I was under the impression he was a safety too. It will be interesting to see what DBs see the field. We have high hopes for a lot of these guys, but its tough for freshmen to get on (See Turner).

Magnus

December 13th, 2009 at 7:41 AM ^

Witty played corner in high school, and he'll play corner in college, too. It may sound like we'll have "too many" corners, but keep in mind that Warren may leave and Woolfolk may need to play SS. That means we'll need a lot of cornerbacks in the hopes that one or two will step up and play solidly.

Also, he's closer to 5'9" than 6'1". I'm not sure where that 6'1" idea came from, unless he had a huge growth spurt in the last few months.

UM-Bear

December 13th, 2009 at 11:16 AM ^

After what I saw this past season, I am in complete support of recruiting a hell of a lot of DBs especially with the news that Warren is probably gone. Does anyone have a realistic probability of someone like Jefferson or Parker going Blue (I think Safety is an area of tremendous concern).

GATO

December 13th, 2009 at 11:02 AM ^

If Witty is fully recovered from the injury he suffered his senior year in high school and he demonstrates an ability to make plays, I don't think it matters. At this point given the state of the defense we've got to field the best 11. If any of the current or incoming players demonstrates the ability to be one of those 11 at any position then we put them out there and see what happens.

Blue_Bull_Run

December 13th, 2009 at 1:13 PM ^

Is he enrolling early? That would be a significant help for him, I think.

Also, what exactly do people expect from him? His injury prevented recruiting sites from doing much evaluating ... WOTS is that he's a burner, but speed alone does not a cornerback make.

Magnus

December 13th, 2009 at 1:43 PM ^

I don't know if it counts as "early", but he's enrolling in January.

I expect that he will be a very good corner for us in a couple years. I don't really expect much from him this year just because he'll be new to the system, but by the time 2011 rolls around, he should be fully healthy and ready to contribute.

Magnus

December 13th, 2009 at 9:20 PM ^

He stayed in Deerfield Beach, and he's moving to Ann Arbor for the winter semester. The coaches gave him a program to use, although obviously the program is more effective when you have the coaches and facilities to make it happen.

Technically, he could work out with Barwis if he had been living in Michigan. The strength and conditioning coordinator isn't the same thing as a coach. Jeremy Jackson has been working out with the team, and I believe Ricardo Miller has been, too.