ATHENS — Former Georgia football safety Otis Reese announced on Twitter that he’s headed for Ole Miss after entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal two weeks ago.
Reese, a 2018 signee, has three years of eligibility remaining. He would have to sit out a season unless granted an NCAA waiver.
Reese a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Leesburg, Ga., saw action in all 14 games for the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs last season.
Most all of Reese’s opportunities were on special teams, however, as he finished with just three tackles.
It has been a busy offseason of comings and goings by way of transfer for the Bulldogs.
Georgia has scored big additions with Wake Forest QB graduate transfer Jamie Newman and Florida State TE grad transfer Tre’ Mckitty.
Cade Mays has been the biggest departure, shunning a starting spot with the Bulldogs’ championship contender to return to his hometown of Knoxville where his father player.
Reese’s situation is clearly about playing time and opportunity.
Georgia’s elite defense was stacked in the secondary last season with Thorpe Award finalist J.R. Reed at one safety position, and rising star Richard LeCounte at the other.
Freshman safety Lewis Cine, like Reese a top 100 prospect in high school, won the starting job for the Sugar Bowl when Reed pulled out of bowl preparation with a foot injury.
Cine had six tackles in the 26-14 win over Baylor and appeared to be the perfect partner to the playmaking LeCounte.
Christopher Smith was also competing for reps at safety during bowl prep New Orleans. Rising sophomore Tyrique Stevenson figures to fit into the mix moving forward.
Reese entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal after LeCounte made it public that he planned on returning to the Bulldogs.
Reese was ranked the No. 87 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite coming out of Lee County High School. He chose UGA over Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Auburn, among others, per his recruiting profile.
Georgia is expected to start offseason conditioning next week with spring drills likely to begin after UGA’s spring break.
The Bulldogs open next season playing Virginia in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Monday Sept. 7.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 18, 2020