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What we learned about Georgia football in the first transfer portal window
ATHENS — The mud on the transfer portal has settled, for now. The first transfer portal window closed on Wednesday, 45 days after it opened. In all, Georgia noticed 10 gamers from its roster enter the portal.
The first to take action was Bill Norton, as he entered on Dec. 11. The final was AD Mitchell, who waited till the ultimate day of the window to place his identify into the transfer portal. Players can nonetheless discover new houses however solely these formally in the transfer portal could be contacted by different coaches.
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The transfer portal will reopen on May 1 so Georgia and different faculty applications will nonetheless need to cope with gamers coming and going later in the offseason. But for now, we have a greater concept of the place issues stand with Georgia’s roster coming into the offseason.
10 gamers enter the portal for Georgia football
Georgia noticed 13 gamers enter the transfer portal final offseason. That the Bulldogs had double-digit gamers enter will not be a shock. When you’ve gotten as many proficient gamers as Georgia does and never all of them are getting taking part in time, you are going to have gamers look elsewhere.
Three of the 10 gamers to enter the portal have already discovered new houses. Norton is with Arizona, tight finish Brett Seither adopted Buster Faulkner to Georgia Tech and MJ Sherman is now a Nebraska Cornhusker. Of the gamers who entered, solely Norton and Gilbert elected to take action earlier than Georgia wrapped up its season.
Georgia football gamers in the transfer portal
Bill Norton — transferred to Arizona
Brett Seither — transferred to Georgia Tech
MJ Sherman — transferred to Nebraska
TE Arik Gilbert
TE Ryland Goede
CB Jaheim Singletary
LB Trezmen Marshall
WR Dominick Blaylock
WR AD Mitchell
OL Jacob Hood
The positions hit hardest have been tight finish and large receiver. Neither needs to be that shocking, as the Bulldogs signed two tight ends in the 2023 recruiting cycle and are nonetheless recruiting Duce Robinson and Walker Lyons in the run-up to National Signing Day.
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The lack of Mitchell little doubt stings given his potential to make large performs for Georgia, whereas Blaylock was a beloved determine on the Georgia group. But Georgia ready for all times with out each, because it signed three large receivers in the 2023 cycle. Tyler Williams, Yazeed Haynes and Anthony Evans are all on campus already.
Georgia additionally went out and added two gamers of its personal by way of the transfer portal. The Bulldogs landed Missouri large receiver Dominic Lovett and Mississippi State large receiver RaRa Thomas. The Bulldogs have been proactive in doing so, touchdown each earlier than both Mitchell or Blaylock entered the transfer portal.
Only two of the gamers in the transfer portal have been in their first 12 months in the program, with cornerback Jaheim Singletary and offensive lineman Jacob Hood leaving after signing as members of the 2022 signing class. Norton, Seither, Marshall, Goede and Blaylock signed as members of the 2019 class. Sherman was a 2020 signee, whereas Mitchell and Gilbert each joined Georgia earlier than the 2021 season.
Chiefly, Georgia didn’t see any quarterbacks or operating backs enter the transfer portal. Stetson Bennett and Kenny McIntosh will each transfer on to the NFL however Georgia is in a great depth standpoint for the time being. Singletary was the solely defensive again to go away, whereas Sherman, Hood and Marshall have been the solely gamers from their respective positions to transfer.
As for what Georgia football provides through the transfer portal
After not taking any gamers out of the transfer portal final offseason, Georgia added three this offseason. The additions of Lovett and Thomas have already been well-covered and can proceed to take action as spring observe approaches. With Mitchell, Blaylock and Kearis Jackson all departing the program, Georgia will want somebody to switch their manufacturing.
Lovett and Thomas seem to be prime candidates to take action.
“You actually like the people who they’re. They’re phenomenal individuals,” Georgia large receivers coach Bryan McClendon mentioned previous to the Peach Bowl. “They’ve achieved nicely and made performs and every part else in our convention taking part in towards the similar competitors that we’re taking part in towards. You know you may at all times decide what they’re doing vs. the stage of competitors that they are going up towards.”
The different transfer Georgia introduced in is defensive again Smoke Bouie. While Lovett and Thomas are confirmed gamers at the SEC stage — they every led their respective groups in receiving final 12 months — Bouie performed in solely seven video games for Texas A&M final season.
He was a one-time Georgia commit throughout the 2022 recruiting cycle, just for him to finish up signing with Texas A&M.
Bouie is the uncommon instance of a participant Georgia missed on in recruiting however nonetheless believes in the long-term upside in what he provides. The Bainbridge, Ga., native could have three years of eligibility remaining, seeking to make the most out of his second probability.
Georgia did see Kelee Ringo and Chris Smith depart for the NFL draft. Bouie will not be anticipated to be a cornerback for Georgia, as he’s more likely to slot into the star or security roles. Georgia does deliver again Javon Bullard and Malaki Starks. Bouie could have the probability to compete for a beginning spot this spring, alongside Dan Jackson, Tykee Smith and David Daniel-Sisavanh. Georgia additionally signed safeties Joenel Aguero, Kyren Jones and Justyn Rhett in the 2023 signing class.
What comes subsequent for Georgia football through the transfer portal
Georgia is more likely to see extra transfer portal motion come the May window. Last 12 months, Georgia noticed Tymon Mitchell transfer to TCU after the spring and he went on to turn into a key participant for the Horned Frogs this previous season.
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The Bulldogs additionally noticed offensive sort out Amarius Mims briefly enter the portal earlier than he elected to stay a member of the group. He is now anticipated to be certainly one of Georgia’s beginning offensive tackles subsequent season.
For a program as large as Georgia, the aim will not be to deliver in extra gamers than it loses. That is inconceivable in a spot that locations such an emphasis on highschool recruiting.
The aim shall be to retain your greatest gamers. For the most half, Georgia did that in this first window, understanding that some proficient gamers are at all times going to hunt greener pastures elsewhere.
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