Malaki Starks is a rare athlete. It is not often that players enter college with an immensely high ceiling on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
That's exactly what Starks can do.
As Starks mentioned during his commitment ceremony on Thursday, the nation's top three recruiting programs — Alabama, Clemson and Georgia — were the last ones standing for the Jefferson High School product.
Choosing Georgia, with his high school a mere 30 minutes from Sanford Stadium, Starks is almost as home-grown as they come.
He becomes the ninth commitment in the 2022 class for Georgia and the eighth commit from the state of Georgia.
So, what exactly does Starks bring to the table for Georgia? Of the final three schools recruiting him, Georgia was the only team to recruit him to play both sides of the ball in college.
He projects as a safety defensively, while offensively just get him the ball and let him make plays. That appears to be the game plan for Georgia moving forward.
Starks is more explosive on tape with the ball in his hands than any other threat available in the 2022 class. He pulls away from would-be tacklers with ease, yet is powerful upon contact, and it paired with elite horizontal agility and the ability to regain speed quickly.
On defense, he's a striker. Those explosive traits allow him to get to places on the field that others simply cannot, and when he arrives on contact it's devastating.
Starks has stated that despite committing prior to the NCAA quiet period beginning in June, he will be taking his official visits, although they haven't been scheduled yet.
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