Georgia’s Amarius Mims returns to Bulldogs, takes name out of portal

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Georgia offensive lineman Amarius Mims (65) before the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Monday Jan. 10, 2022. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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ATHENS — Georgia sophomore offensive tackle Amarius Mims is staying with the Bulldogs after putting his name in the transfer portal on April 10.

Mims appeared in eight games last season and will continue to challenge returning starter Warren McClendon at right tackle during the offseason.

Smart had been impressed with Mims’ progress this spring even after the 6-foot-7, 330-pounder missed the first five spring practices with a concussion.

“We look at the offensive line,” Smart said, “and I’m like, ‘Man! Look how far Amarius Mims has come.”

Mutiple outlets reported the pending Mims news, including DawgsHQ nd including 247Sports. On Sunday night, the Florida State “War Chant” website had reported Mims was headed to Tallahassee.

Mims, a former 5-star recruit in the 2021 class per the 247Sports composite, was the highest-ranked player in the transfer portal and took a highly-publicized visit to Florida State last week.

RELATED: Kirby Smart not looking to “manage” portal, focuses on environment

“Kids make decisions based on what they feel like is best for them, and there’s not a lot you can control on that,” Smart said on 680 The Fan last week.

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