They came from rival programs. Shawn Williams was a star at Early County, while Bacarri Rambo made a name for himself at Seminole County.
However, both signed with Georgia, and they immediately formed a bond as teammates in Athens, one that's carried them through four years of college and all the way to the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
"It's easy to communicate with him because I know both of us are going to be on the same page," Rambo said. "That makes things a whole lot easier and allows us to play faster."
Williams believes one more week of this partnership will allow both players to shine in front of NFL personnel.
"We just have that love and passion for the game," Williams said. "It's like playing and competing, making each other better, most of all and just giving it all we've got."
Williams and Rambo are both playing safety for the South squad. Even though they're now competing for the attention of NFL executives, they both believe there's still some time to share the spotlight, and to talk each other up in the process.
"He's extremely intelligent," Williams said of Rambo. "He can get guys lined up and make calls. He's just going to play and make some of those big plays when the opportunity comes."
Rambo believes Williams is a well-rounded player, one who would be an asset to any NFL team.
"He's a hard hitter," Rambo said. " He's very intelligent. He's a great leader in the secondary. He's just a hustle player.
"There's not much he can't do. He doesn't take plays off."
The NFL seemed a million miles away when Williams and Rambo were playing high school ball in Southwest Georgia. Now, it's one phone call away, and both marvel at how far they've come.
"I had to learn a lot," Rambo said. " Playing quarterback in high school, then going to college and playing safety, I knew I needed to learn a lot, adjust to a lot of contact. I've been able to adjust to it, and I'm really excited about this opportunity to play in the NFL."
Williams adds, "If I can do it, anybody can do it. You've just got to compete and every day you've got to get better at the little things. That way, at the end of the day, you'll feel like you're doing your best."
Rambo and Williams were stars in high school and again at Georgia. Now, they're preparing for their biggest test yet, the NFL, where jobs are scarce and there's no room for error.
"I'm a guy who can be on there team and contribute and just give it all I have, with my love and passion for the game," Williams said.
Rambo believes he'll fit in just fine at the next level.
"I think I'm a ball hawk," Rambo said. "I can be that Ed Reed type of player for you."