Kirby Smart, fresh off a national championship, watches five-star Caleb Downs play basketball

After spending Friday morning making layovers at schools in a new helicopter, Georgia’s head coach Smart Kirby, who just won the program’s first national championship since 1980, now sees one of the nation’s elite prospects for the 2023 cycle. Mountain View. One of Mill Creek’s stars is five-star defensive back, Caleb Downs.

The 6-foot, 185-pound junior had 77 tackles and five interceptions as a junior. He is ranked 12th overall prospect in the nation, 1st safe and 2nd rookie in Georgia by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Downs has collected 31 offers so far, with Dell McGee extend the first scholarship on May 7, 2020.

Downs comes from a family of grilling stars. His brother is a receiver for North Carolina Josh Downs, his father, Gary Downs, played football at NC State and is currently a coach for East Tennessee State, and his uncle, Dr. Bly, played cornerback in the NFL and is the cornerbacks coach in North Carolina. Georgia currently has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the 2023 cycle, with nine verbal commitments.

Below is the 247Sports scouting report for Downs from August 21.

An elite safety prospect and one who should play on Saturday before finally lacing up the cleats on Sunday. He just moves differently than others as he is fluid in almost everything he does and always seems to be in control of his body. Plays with a vigorous demeanor and enjoys hitting people. Built as a failsafe, but has the speed and range to cover the deepest parts of the field. Quick to trigger and react to what is happening in front of him. Takes strong angles in running support, almost always arriving with the intention of leveling someone. Uses leverage and its base strength to knock down ball carriers of all sizes. Excels as a defensive back, but has also been featured as a running back and wide receiver at the high school level. Could honestly play both positions in college if he wanted to. Totaled 57 tackles, 14 pass breakups and four interceptions as a sophomore playing in Peach State’s highest ranking. Continued to shine on both sides of the ball as a junior. Comes from a football family as his father was an NFL running back while his brother was an All-American wide receiver who signed with North Carolina. Should be considered a future impact player for a Top 25 program.”

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