Former Georgia football defensive back headed back to Sunshine State to continue career
ATHENS — Former Georgia defensive back Divaad Wilson announced on Twitter he’s headed to Central Florida.
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Wilson, a 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt sophomore from Miami, announced on July 20 he was entering the NCAA transfer portal to move closer to home
A former Top 250 commit from Northwestern High School, Wilson was originally committed to Florida.
Some suspected the Gators could be in play for Wilson once again, but the former Bulldog has made it clear he’s intent on immediate playing time.
Central Florida is expected to file a waiver requesting the NCAA allow him immediate eligibility.
Wilson could be back playing football in Georgia in six weeks or so. The Knights play at Georgia Tech on Sept. 19.
Had Wilson transferred within the SEC, he would have been subject to another waiver process through the league office.
Central Florida came in at No. 21 on the Amway Coaches’ Poll on Thursday and looks to make a case as the best team in the state with 16 starters returning from last season’s 10-3 club.
Former UGA defensive coordinator Willy Martinez, interestingly enough, is the Knights’ secondary coach.
Wilson played in 13 games for Georgia last season, including starts at the “Star” position in games against Notre Dame and Kentucky.
Wilson’s signature moment with the Bulldogs came against the Irish when he intercepted a pass. He had 24 tackles over the course of the season
The Bulldogs have a strong secondary returning. Three of four starters are back and UGA added top-rated incoming freshman Kelee Ringo.
The competition at the Star position appears intense with senior Mark Webb returning.
Sophomore Tyrique Stevenson and Ringo are other players who could push for time at the position Wilson was playing at Georgia.
Here’s an updated look at how the Georgia secondary scholarship players (15) break down by class:
Star Mark Webb
S Richard LeCounte
Star William Poole
CB Eric Stokes
CB Ameer Speed
S Latavious Brini
CB Tyson Campbell
S Chris Smith
Star Tyrique Stevenson
S Lewis Cine
CB Jalen Kimber
CB/Star Kelee Ringo
CB Daran Branch
S Major Burns