ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart indicated there’s no change in the status of Demetris Robertson, who has been cleared to practice with the team but has not yet been granted eligibility for this season.
Robertson, a 5-star prospect coming out of Savannah Christian Prep, announced he was coming home to Georgia last month.
“We’re hopeful but it’s out of our hands,” Smart said at his opening press conference on Friday “The NCAA will get back to us when they get done with the appeal.”
Smart made no secret of his excitement to land Robertson, who has the talent to make an immediate impact for the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs this season
“I’m excited about Demetris, I think he’s a really competitive kid that I’ve known since his ninth grade year, I recruited him a long time,” Smart said at SEC Media Days last month in Atlanta.
Georgia senior receiver Terry Godwin, one of the players emerging as a leader in the offseason, said the Bulldogs will welcome Robertson to the rotation.
“He’s a terrific athlete, just to add another weapon to that room, it’s more smiles for us,” Godwin said., “because we know we’ve always got someone in that room that can make a play for us no matter who it is. Adding him to that room, it’s a better situation for us.”
Robertson had 57 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns during his two seasons with Cal, but 50 of those catches and 767 yards came his freshman season.
Last season, Robertson had only seven catches for 70 yards and two runs for 40 yards in the first two games before undergoing surgery for a lower-body injury.
Many expected Roberston to choose Georgia coming out of Savannah Christian Prep in 2016, when he was a 5-star prep prospect ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the nation according to the 247Sports composite.
A U.S. Army All-American, Robertson was reportedly to choose between Georgia, Notre Dame and Alabama according to 247Sports.