ATHENS -- Georgia may have lost one of its top offensive players to the draft. But it appears to be holding its high-ranked defense together.
All-America safety Bacarri Rambo decided to return for his senior year, after appearing to be leaning the other way for some time. Alan Ingram, who coached Rambo at Seminole County, said that Rambo’s draft evaluation from the NFL led him to come back.
Rambo was named a first-team All-American by the AP after leading the SEC with eight interceptions. But he received only a grade of third round at best from the NFL draft advisory committee.
Ingram called Rambo “a pretty level-headed kid.”
“He just didn’t think third round or whatever (he should stay),” Ingram said. “He feels like he’ll be at least behind the Alabama safety (Mark Barron). If he’s not gonna be first round or early second, then he needs to stay and get his education. Of course, I’d lean toward education anyway.”
Meanwhile, Rambo is one of many juniors who has been considering the draft. His fellow safety Shawn Williams, also a junior, is among them. Ingram, who knows Williams too because of the proximity to Williams’ hometown, said he thinks Williams will also return.
A source said outside linebacker Cornelius Washington is still seriously considering the draft but leaning toward staying. Defensive back Sanders Commings and cornerback Branden Smith are also thinking about the draft, but they either have not decided or have not announced their decision.
And the top defensive player, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones from Columbus, has been adamant for months that he is staying for his junior year.