By Marc Weiszer
ATHENS, Ga. — Javon Wims didn’t know anything about late recruiting addition Ahkil Crumpton before the Los Angeles Valley College product arrived on campus at Georgia over the weekend.
After three preseason practices, the junior college transfer wide receiver has made a fast impression on him.
“Watching him on the field, he’s like lightning in a bottle,” said Wims, a wide receiver. “He’s very quick. I think he can help this team.”
Even though the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Crumpton has drawn comparisons to former Georgia playmaker Isaiah McKenzie – they even wear the same No. 16 – Wims says they have two different bodytypes. Crumpton may have a thicker build, but both are dangerous in the return game.
McKenzie led Georgia in catches last season, but the Bulldogs return its next three top wideouts in Terry Godwin, Wims and Riley Ridley along with Michael Chigbu and Tyler Simmons.
There are five freshmen wide receivers including early enrollee Jeremiah Holloman as well as sophomore Mecole Hardman who moved full-time from defensive back. Then there are running backs Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift who are getting work as slot receivers.
“The best man will play,” Wims said. “I think they’re all freshmen that can help us right away. …Coaches did a fantastic job of recruiting. They brought in big, lanky guys, tall guys, big physical guys and they brought in small, fast quick guys that can complement each other.”