Arik Gilbert, former Georgia football tight end, commits to Nebraska

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Arik Gilbert had both his first catch and his first touchdown as a Georgia Bulldog on October 15, 2022, in Athens, Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

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Gilbert first enrolled at Georgia in June of 2021. He appeared in just three games during his two seasons at Georgia. He began his career at LSU after signing as a 5-star member of the 2020 recruiting cycle. Gilbert transferred from LSU, meaning Nebraska will be his third program. The highlight of his Georgia career came when he hauled in two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown against Vanderbilt.

Gilbert entered the transfer portal on Dec. 21. He was not with Georgia for its college football playoff run as the Bulldogs won their second-straight national championship. Gilbert took time away from the team during the 2021 season, rejoining the team in January of 2022.

Georgia has seen four of its tight ends depart the program this offseason, with Gilbert, Brett Seither and Ryland Goede entering the transfer portal and Darnell Washington entering the NFL draft. Seither will play for Georgia Tech, while Goede is yet to announce his plans.

The Bulldogs do bring back Brock Bowers, who led the team in receiving last season. Oscar Delp is expected to play a bigger role for the Bulldogs next season. Georgia also signed two tight ends in the 2023 signing class in Pearce Spurlin and Lawson Luckie. Tight ends coach Todd Hartley is also still recruiting 2023 tight ends Duce Robinson and Walker Lyons to join the program.

The first transfer portal window closed on Wednesday, but players still have the ability to commit to a new school. A second transfer portal window will open in May.

Georgia saw 10 players enter the transfer portal, with four of them already finding new homes. In addition to Sherman, Seither and Gilbert, defensive lineman Bill Norton is now an Arizona Wildcat. All four players have ended up a Power 5 schools.

The Bulldogs had 13 players depart via the transfer portal last offseason. Georgia did bring in three players via the transfer portal in this cycle, landing wide receivers Dominic Lovett and RaRa Thomas along with defensive back Smoke Bouie. All three played for SEC programs last season.

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