Harvey-Clemons is 'lost' on his future position

semerson@macon.comDecember 19, 2012 

ATHENS - Are you confused as to where Josh Harvey-Clemons, one of Georgia's top recruits this past year, will eventually play? Well get in line: So is the man himself.

He was recruited as an outside linebacker. He moved to safety when his career began. He was at outside linebacker for two weeks late in the season before moving back to safety. He saw spot duty at inside linebacker in a recent practice.

"I'm kind of lost too, like y'all are," Harvey-Clemons said after Wednesday's practice. "I don't know what I'm gonna play next year. It really depends on the weight I put on."

The weight is the key: The freshman from Valdosta is currently listed at 207 pounds, which isn't much for a 6-foot-5 guy. That's why he was at safety this season. He's been trying to put on weight, and if he can get 20-30 pounds on him he could be at linebacker. Then again, that could be inside or outside linebacker.

Or still at safety.

The coaches haven't spoken to Harvey-Clemons about it lately. But they have put him in some new spots during parts of practice: He was at inside linebacker for a few plays last week.

"He was short on linebackers, and he wanted to see what I could do," Harvey-Clemons said of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "I don't know how serious that was. But either one is fine with me."

Although he's listed as a safety, Harvey-Clemons said he has hardly worked at the two traditional safety spots this season. That's why he has never spelled starters Bacarri Rambo or Shawn Williams. Instead Harvey-Clemons worked at the so-called star position, which is basically a nickel-spot, a hybrid of safety and outside linebacker. But Georgia didn't employ the package using the star position very much. So he spent most of his time on special teams.

In fact, Harvey-Clemons said he'll basically be "in the same spot as the freshmen" next year, because they'll all be learning new positions.

"Safety or linebacker, either one," he said. "I really don't know. Because in camp I was working safety. But after camp I was basically just working the slot. It's really hard to tell right now."

Head coach Mark Richt said Tuesday the secondary in 2013 was going to be wide open. Both safety spots are set to be vacated. That should mean a chance for Harvey-Clemons, assuming he can learn safety and they leave him there.

Or he could follow the path of Alec Ogletree, who played his freshman year at safety and moved to inside linebacker.

Or he could move back to outside linebacker, where there will be opportunity to play next year as well.

"It really doesn't matter to me," Harvey-Clemons said. "I just wanna be out there."

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