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  06/03/21 - Derion KendrickSr/2022, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Derion Kendrick, who was dismissed from the Clemson football team in February, is transferring to the Bulldogs. Kendrick announced his plans on Instagram late Tuesday. "I'm focused, determined and ready to WIN!! #godawgs," he wrote. His experience with the Tigers should mean the first team All-ACC pick can be penciled in as a starter for Georgia which lost both of its starting cornerbacks. Kendrick comes with some off-field issues. He was arrested in his hometown of Rock Hill in March for unlawful carrying of a handgun, a misdemeanor, and cited also for simple possession of marijuana.

The marijuana charge is heading to pre-trial intervention, according to records of the Rock Hill Municipal Court. The handgun charge is still pending, according to York County prosecutor Misti Horton who declined further comment to the Athens Banner-Herald Tuesday afternoon through her office. Kendrick missed multiple games last season for "disciplinary reasons," according to the Greenville News. Georgia lost first-rounder Eric Stokes and second-rounder Tyson Campbell. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendrick is in line to face his former team right out of the gates in the Sept. 4 opener in Charlotte against the Tigers. - Athens Daily Banner


(DS#6 CB) Sr/2022 CB Derion KendrickGeorgia
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  06/01/21 - Arik GilbertSo/2024, Georgia, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  After spending the 2020 season on the Bayou, former Marietta High School football star Arik Gilbert ultimately decided that home is where the heart is. Gilbert, a decorated recruit from Marietta's 2019 state championship team, announced Tuesday that he would be transferring to Georgia. "I believe it was a smart decision to come home," the 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end told the Dawgs247 website. "I wanted to be with and near my family. I have been missing all of family and now both of my grandmothers will be able see me play in person, too." Gilbert comes to Athens from LSU, following a freshman season in which he had 368 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions over eight games. Gilbert, however, opted out of the remainder of the Tigers' season on Dec. 9.

Gilbert entered the transfer portal and initially transferred to Florida at the end of January, but he reconsidered and decommitted from the Gators about a month later. Gilbert was a sought-after recruit from programs around the nation before initially picking LSU in October 2019. It was part of a momentous senior season in which he had 102 receptions for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns during Marietta's run to the 2019 Class AAAAAAA state championship. - Marietta Daily Journal


(DS#2 TE) So/2024 TE Arik GilbertGeorgia
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  05/31/21 - Derion KendrickSr/2022, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Former Clemson defensive back Derion Kendrick has found a new place to finish his college football career. Both 247Sports and Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Kendrick is transferring to Georgia - confirming an AJC report last week that said the move was in the works. He'll enroll in Athens in the next 24 hours, according to the 247Sports report. He will have two more years of eligibility with the extra year because of COVID-19. Georgia and Clemson kick off the 2021 football season in a game that will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Kendrick and former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert are both on their way to join Kirby Smart's Bulldogs, according to Tuesday reports. In February, Clemson announced that Kendrick wasn't on the roster, but the school never confirmed whether or not the senior's departure was discipline-related. Kendrick recently told the On Campus with JB & Sciggy podcast that he wasn't in school because of family obligations and "didn't have too much communication" about it with the Clemson coach staff. He did miss time last season due to discipline issues, including sitting out the Nov. 28 win over Pitt. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wished Kendrick the best for the future. - The State


(DS#6 CB) Sr/2022 CB Derion KendrickGeorgia
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  05/15/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Georgia, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Alabama's most recent transfer has decided to continue his college career at one of the SEC's other premier programs. Former Crimson Tide cornerback Brandon Turnage, who entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, announced on Instagram Friday evening that he will transfer to Georgia. Turnage is a former four-star recruit from Oxford who was ranked as the 11th-best cornerback and 102nd-best overall player in the 2019 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He worked as a third-team cornerback during Alabama's spring game in April. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageGeorgia
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  05/09/21 - JT DanielsrJr/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 210 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  After a bizarre season at the quarterback spot, redshirt junior JT Daniels could be a source of stability for a program entering the fall with national championship aspirations. Daniels passed for 401 yards and four touchdowns in his Georgia debut against Mississippi State after he was cleared from knee surgery. Georgia went 4-0 with Daniels at the helm. He passed for 1,243 yards with 10 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while completing 67.2% of his passes. Georgia averaged 8.3 more points per game (37.3) and 103.2 more yards per game (486) behind Daniels than it did under Stetson Bennett and D'Wan Mathis. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#2 QB) rJr/2023 QB JT DanielsGeorgia
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  05/08/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Georgia, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Another one of Alabama's backup cornerbacks is set to transfer. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Turnage entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday afternoon, AL.com has learned. The former four-star recruit was a third-team cornerback during the Crimson Tide's spring game in April after playing in just three games as a reserve last season. The Turnage news comes two weeks after fellow backup cornerback Ronald Williams entered the transfer portal. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageGeorgia
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  04/24/21 - Tykee SmithJr/2023, Georgia, 5-10, 202 (DS#4 SS) + More +

  Georgia took the field for its G-Day spring game missing a player who will feature prominently this fall. West Virginia defensive back transfer Tykee Smith is not in Athens yet and did not suit up in the game. He put up strong numbers for the Mountaineers last season, recording 61 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and five pass break-ups. Smith has the versatility to play anywhere in the defensive secondary. He can play outside corner, in the slot or slide in at safety. He seems to be a strong candidate to battle for the hybrid STAR position in Georgia's defense. In the spring game, as well as last season's Peach Bowl, that role belonged to senior Latavious Brini. Wherever he slides in on defense, Smith figures to be a key contributor to the Georgia secondary. In addition to being a talented player, he brings game experience the Bulldogs lack in the defensive backfield. Once he arrives in Athens, it will be up to head coach Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning to determine how best to utilize his talents. - Macon Telegraph

(DS#4 SS) Jr/2023 SS Tykee SmithGeorgia
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  04/09/21 - Arik GilbertSo/2024, Georgia, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  The long-winding offseason journey for tight end Arik Gilbert hasn't ended quite yet, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the former five-star recruit did have a "very good meeting" at the school's facilities recently. Gilbert, who was briefly committed to conference rival Florida, returned to Baton Rouge in March to meet with the team. It is the first known time that Gilbert visited with LSU since he entered the NCAA transfer portal and left the team toward the end of last season. Orgeron said "no decision's been made" yet about just where Gilbert will enroll and play college football again, but the coach said "everybody was happy to see him" and the athletic department checked with its compliance office to make sure the visit could happen. "He hasn't made a decision yet, hasn't told us anything yet," Orgeron said. "I think it's still up in the air, but it was a very positive day when he came." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 TE) So/2024 TE Arik GilbertGeorgia
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  04/03/21 - Jermaine BurtonSo/2024, Georgia, 6-0, 195 (DS#10 WR) + More +

  UGA football wide receiver Jermaine Burton was carted off the practice field Tuesday after being injured, according to a source. The sophomore starter sustained a hyperextended knee and will miss the rest of spring practice, according to Dawgs247. He could be sidelined for about four weeks. Georgia did not respond to a request for comment. The Bulldogs already suffered a major injury at the position when star wideout George Pickens tore an ACL in practice a week earlier that could sideline him for much, if not all, of the 2021 season. - Athens Daily Banner

(DS#10 WR) So/2024 WR Jermaine BurtonGeorgia
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  04/03/21 - Justin ShafferrSr/2022, Georgia, 6-3, 330 (DS#60 OG) + More +

  This January, like every January in recent years, the stay-or-go decisions of underclassmen go a long way into shaping the roster of Georgia and other big-time college football programs. Georgia got a boost when nose guard Jordan Davis, offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer and running back Zamir White returned and took a hit when cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes declared for the NFL draft. Maybe just as important to the experience and depth on the 2021 Georgia season are decisions by offensive guard Justin Shaffer and three other seniors to return for another season.

Shaffer joined defensive linemen Devonte Wyatt and Julian Rochester and wide receiver Demetris Robertson in delaying pursuing a pro career. They took advantage of an extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA because of the pandemic. "It was a tough decision," said Shaffer, who announced his plans a week after the Bulldogs' Peach Bowl win. "I feel like I had a lot that I needed to come back and prove. Also, it gave me a chance to come back and graduate and get my degree." Georgia's four so-called "super seniors" in the SEC are fewer than only two of Alabama and Auburn, according to the Associated Press. Missouri led the way with 12 followed by Tennessee with 11 and Ole Miss and Arkansas with 10 each. - Athens Daily Banner


(DS#60 OG) rSr/2022 OG Justin ShafferGeorgia
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  03/27/21 - Tykee SmithJr/2023, Georgia, 5-10, 202 (DS#4 SS) + More +

  In boilerplate language that is becoming all too familiar for those that follow college athletics, West Virginia sophomore spear Tykee Smith has announced he is entering the transfer portal. Smith recorded 61 tackles, including eight for losses, in his sophomore season of 2020 at West Virginia. That came after a true freshman season in which he had 53 stops, including 2.5 behind the line. He had two interceptions in each of his two seasons, and also totaled 13 pass deflections over that time. A native of Philadelphia, Smith was viewed by some as a potential transfer candidate when defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae left for the same position at Georgia in late January. However, as February went by and spring practice began today at West Virginia, that possibility appeared to have lessened, making today's announcement a bit surprising. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#4 SS) Jr/2023 SS Tykee SmithGeorgia
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  03/26/21 - George PickensrSo/2024, Georgia, 6-3, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Georgia's returning offensive firepower created plenty of optimism for what was in store for the 2021 season. The news Wednesday that star wide receiver George Pickens will undergo ACL surgery on his right knee will change that considerably and could impact the trajectory of the season with the possibility Pickens could be sidelined the rest of the year. The injury occurred in the Bulldogs' fourth spring practice on Tuesday on a non-contact play, according to the school. It was said to happen when the junior was running a route.

Georgia didn't explicitly call Pickens injury an ACL tear, but did say the Hoover, Ala., native had started a pre-op rehabilitation program under the direction of UGA's sports medicine staff. "The good news is that the MRI showed it to be an isolated injury with no other structures involved," UGA coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. "George is a hard worker. I know he will bring the same work ethic to rehab that he shows in practice every day." The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Pickens led Georgia with six touchdown catches and tied for the team lead with 36 receptions for 513 yards last season. He led the team with 49 catches for 727 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman when he was Sugar Bowl MVP. - Athens Daily Banner


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR George PickensGeorgia
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  03/25/21 - George PickensrSo/2024, Georgia, 6-3, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  One of Georgia's top players will be out indefinitely. The school announced Wednesday morning that standout wide receiver George Pickens, an Alabama native and former Hoover star, suffered an ACL injury during the team's Tuesday practice. Pickens was a five-star member of Georgia's 2019 recruiting class and had 36 catches, 513 yards and six touchdowns in eight games last season. That came after he posted 49 catches, 727 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman. "The good news is that the MRI showed it to be an isolated injury with no other structures involved," said UGA head coach Kirby Smart. "George is a hard worker. I know he will bring the same work ethic to rehab that he shows in practice every day." - Birmingham News

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR George PickensGeorgia
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  03/14/21 - Derion KendrickSr/2022, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Former Clemson football player Derion Kendrick has been charged with gun and drug violations in his hometown of Rock Hill, according to officials and police records. Derion Rayshawn Kendrick, 20, was arrested Friday morning and charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun, said Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department. Rock Hill patrol officers were on May Court around 3 a.m. Friday when Kendrick was found in a car, Chavis said. Kendrick was asleep with a gun in his lap, court records show. Kendrick was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana after a small amount of the drug was found and seized, Chavis said. Kendrick was the sole occupant of the vehicle, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Herald. - The State

(DS#6 CB) Sr/2022 CB Derion KendrickGeorgia
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  03/02/21 - Derion KendrickSr/2022, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Derion Kendrick has left the program and is expected to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Kendrick, a senior, was the Tigers' most talented cornerback last season but started in just eight of 12 games because of injuries and "disciplinary issues." Coach Dabo Swinney said Kendrick had been in the "love shack." A former 5-star recruit, Kendrick earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2019. Playing opposite corner back A.J. Terrell - who was later taken No. 16 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2020 NFL Draft - Kendrick recorded 51 tackles (three for loss), six pass breakups and two interceptions. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#6 CB) Sr/2022 CB Derion KendrickGeorgia
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