What we learned about Georgian football and the transfer portal

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What we learned about Georgian football and the transfer portal

The deadline for players to access the transfer portal and still be eligible immediately is today. For the most part, the transfer portal and its activity has slowed down, going into the 2021 season.

For Georgia, the Bulldogs saw 10 stock players enter the portal. That’s not as much as some of its other SEC programs, with Tennessee and Vanderbilt both having more than twice as many transfers. Tyrique Stevenson, now in Miami, and Jermaine Johnson, who will play for Florida State, would likely have been starters for the Bulldogs in 2021.

The Bulldogs didn’t sit idly by, however, and were able to pull talented players off the portal to help the 2021 team. Georgia landed West Virginia defensive back Tykee Smith in April. Then in June, LSU transfer Arik Gilbert and former Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick also arrived in Athens.

With everything that has happened with the transfer portal since the end of the 2020 season, we think this would be a great time to take a look back and assess how the Bulldogs have – and haven’t – used the transfer portal.

Georgia likes what it has in young wide receivers: From a numbers standpoint, the biggest net loss Georgia has suffered at any single position is wide receiver.

Five old Bulldog wide receivers entered the transfer portal, four of them already finding new homes. Trey Blount is now in Old Dominion, Makyia Tongue is a beaver from Oregon State, Matt Landers has transferred to Toledo, and Tommy Bush has ended up in North Texas. Demetris Robertson is still looking for new accommodation after entering the portal in June.

The Bulldogs only brought in one player to make up for the five starts in Gilbert’s form. While playing tight end at LSU, Gilbert said he would play wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

Even though Georgia hadn’t come out and added Gilbert, the transfer of the other five receivers says a lot about the Bulldogs’ thinking of the young talent in their expansive receiving room.

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Georgia have signed five wide receivers in the 2020 signing class and four of them look set to make an impact on the 2021 squad. Jermaine Burton could be the team’s top receiver. Few players in the country can match Arian Smith’s speed. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Justin Robinson both seem poised for bigger roles, especially after George Pickens’ injury.

Add to that the emergence of Adonai Mitchell this spring with veterans like Kearis Jackson and Dominick Blaylock and Georgia seems to be in a very good position when it comes to wide receiver.

The Bulldogs were aiming for a high-end defensive back experience:

Georgia has seen a major brain drain this offseason among its defensive backs. Four members of the 2020 high school were selected in the NFL Draft, while a fifth signed as an undrafted free agent.

Stevenson, who would likely have been one of Georgia’s starting cornerbacks, has announced he will transfer to Miami. In May, Major Burns transferred to LSU, leaving an already exhausted secondary even thinner.



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