On Wednesday, Georgia picked up a commitment from graduate transfer Jay Hayes. It also lost a linebacker, as Jaleel Laguins announced that he would be transferring from the team.
Laguins, a former 4-star recruit and member of the 2016 recruiting class, announced his transfer via his Twitter page. This is the second day in a row a Georgia player has transferred as offensive lineman Pat Allen did so on Tuesday.
“I’d like to thank Dawg Nation for all the love and support they’ve given me the past few years,” Laguins wrote. “Athens will always be a special place for me but now it’s time to start a new journey. After careful consideration with coaches and family I’d like to announce that I will be transferring from the University of Georgia. ”
— Jaleel Laguins 🦍 (@Leel_DaGreat) April 25, 2018
Laguins departure puts the Bulldogs back at 86 scholarships, just one over the 85-scholarship limit. The outside linebacker is from nearby Watkinsville and played for Oconee County in high school.
The outside linebacker did not play during this past weekend’s G-Day scrimmage and Georgia is also bringing a number of outside linebacker as part of the star-studded 2018 recruiting class. With D’Andre Walker talking on a bigger role and 5-star early enrollee Brenton Cox during the spring scrimmage, playing time would’ve been scarce for Laguins.
Georgia will have to replace both Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy, who saw a majority of the snaps at the position in 2017. Through his first two seasons in Athens, Laguins had played in just 6 games.
The Bulldogs will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 when they host Austin Peay.