The latest Georgia football roster movement regarding NFL draft, transfer portal and returnees
Below is a running list of updates, notes, news, analysis and thoughts on the various announcements made by draft-eligble Georgia players. You can see the full list of who has declared, who is coming back and who is still deciding at the bottom.
Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. update: Tyrique Stevenson entered the transfer portal on Monday. He exited it on Saturday, as he announced that he would be spending the 2021 season playing for the Miami Hurricanes.
The most obvious replacement at cornerback is Kelee Ringo. He was the top-rated cornerback in the 2020 recruiting class and a big-time win for the Bulldogs. But he didn’t play his freshman season due to labrum surgery.
The Bulldogs could also turn to Ameer Speed, Jalen Kimber and Daran Branch. Georgia signed Nyland Green and Kamari Lassiter as a part of the 2021 recruiting cycle, with Green already being on campus as an early enrollee.
Georgia is still recruiting 4-star defensive back Terrion Arnold, though he is expected to play safety at Georgia. The Bulldogs do bring back Lewis Cine and Chris Smith at the safety spot, so they do have some starting experience there. Latavious Brini also figures to see more snaps for Georgia next season after he got the start in the Peach Bowl.
With the lack of experience at cornerback, don’t be surprised to see Georgia try and add a cornerback via the Transfer Portal. With Stevenson now a Miami Hurricane, the Bulldogs are at 84 scholarship players, though that does not count the four 2021 signees who are not early enrollees.
Given Georgia opens the 2021 season against a Clemson team that will now bring back Justyn Ross, the secondary will need to come together quickly to start the 2021 season.
Jan. 14 5:00 p.m. update: Netori Johnson has a new home, as he announced he would be transferring to Middle Tennessee State. Johnson entered the transfer portal back in December.
Johnson announced the news via his Instagram account.
Johnson signed as a member of Georgia’s 2017 signing class and was high school teammates with fellow Bulldog Justin Shaffer. Johnson was the higher-rated recruit of the two, as he was the No. 87 prospect in the class.
During his time as a Bulldog, Johnson was unable to crack the starting lineup for Georgia. He bounced between the offensive line and defensive line to help out with depth at both spots.
Johnson is now the xx Bulldog to officially transfer out of the program, joining D’Wan Mathis, Trey Blount, Makiya Tongue and Jermaine Johnson.
There is still a marquee Bulldog in the portal as Stevenson went in on Monday. Miami should be considered a strong contender to land his services should he ultimately decide to transfer. One thing to monitor though is that the NCAA has not yet approved its one-time transfer rule, as the vote on the topic was moved along with the NCAA’s Name, Image and Likeness rules.