An update on Georgia’s incoming freshmen and the 85 scholarship limit

Kirby Smart says official word on all recruits qualifying will take awhile, and the team's overall scholarship number will take even longer.

Georgia’s newest football players, who comprise one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in school history, have been reporting to Athens this week, signing up for summer classes, and officially joining the program.

But perhaps not all of them, at least not yet. Georgia signed 25 recruits this year, with six enrolling for the spring semester, and the rest due to arrive at some point this summer, assuming they qualify academically. One recruit has already been taken off the list: D’Antne Demery after his spring arrest in Athens.

Kirby Smart was asked Tuesday whether he had any worries about any incoming players not qualifying.

“Hard to say right now, because today is actually the first day that all the transcripts are pouring in, and getting the official stamped documents,” Smart said. “We’ll know a lot more in the next week than we do right now.”

Smart was also asked where things stand on the team’s scholarship numbers: The NCAA limit is 85 at one time, and the team has been hovering around that point for awhile, after signing a full class.

The answer to the 85 question may not be clear for awhile, the head coach said.

“We won’t know the answer to that final until every guy is in summer school. We still have some guys coming in, enrolling, trying to get everything figured out. So that 85 count probably won’t be done until fall camp, (in August)” Smart said. “Maybe not even then. Maybe not until school starts.”

Besides the incoming freshmen, there are a number of situations that remain unresolved that could effect the scholarship numbers:

  • Shakenneth Williams, a senior receiver, did not participate in spring practice and his future with the team is uncertain.
  • Walk-ons who would be candidates to receive scholarships if there is room: Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, fullback Christian Payne, long snapper Trent Frix.
  • Quarterback Brice Ramsey has announced his transfer, but would be welcomed back if he changed his mind, Smart said earlier this week. 
  • And while it’s not in limbo, graduate transfer kicker David Marvin arrives in August and will count against the 85 number, at least according to our understanding of the blue-shirting rules.

Here’s this reporter’s latest count on where things stand, not counting the walk-ons or Williams.

Seniors (16): RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, TE Jeb Blazevich; TE Jordan Davis, WR Javon Wims, OL Isaiah Wynn, OL Dyshon Sims, OT Aulden Bynum, NT John Atkins, ILB Reggie Carter, OLB Davin Bellamy, OLB Lorenzo Carter, DB Aaron Davis, CB Malkom Parrish, S Dominick Sanders, K David Marvin.

Juniors (18): TE Jackson Harris, WR Terry Godwin, WR Michael Chigbu, WR Jayson Stanley, G-C Lamont Gaillard, OL Kendall Baker, DT Trent Thompson, DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, DE Jonathan Ledbetter, DL Keyon Brown, ILB Roquan Smith, ILB Juwan Taylor, ILB Natrez Patrick, ILB-S Rashad Roundtree, OLB D’Andre Walker, CB Deandre Baker, S Jarvis Wilson, OT D’Marcus Hayes.

Sophomores (22): QB Jacob Eason, RB Brian Herrien, RB Elijah Holyfield, TE Isaac Nauta, TE Charlie Woerner, WR Riley Ridley, WR Tyler Simmons, DL Tyler Clark , DL Julian Rochester, DL David Marshall, ILB Jaleel Laguins, DL Michail Carter, CB Tyrique McGhee, CB Mecole Hardman, DB J.R. Reed; P Marshall Long, OL Pat Allen, DE Justin Young, ILB Tae Crowder, OL Sam Madden, OL Sage Hardin, OL-DL Michael Barnett.

Redshirt freshmen (4): OL Solomon Kindley, OL Chris Barnes, OL Ben Cleveland, OLB Chauncey Manac.

Freshmen (24): OLB Robert Beal, DB Tray Bishop, WR Trey Blount, DB Latavious Brini, QB Jake Fromm, DB Deangelo Gibbs, LB Walter Grant, DL Malik Herring, WR Jeremiah Holloman, LB Jaden Hunter, OL Netori Johnson, WR Matt Landers, S Richard LeCounte, ILB Nate McBride, DB William Poole, ILB Monty Rice, OL Justin Shaffer, DB Ameer Speed, DB Eric Stokes, RB D’Andre Swift, OL Andrew Thomas, WR Mark Webb, OT Isaiah Wilson, DL Devonte Wyatt.

That gives you a total of 84 players, without Williams or Ramsey.

Obviously, there could still be some attrition. If any players have elected to transfer that word should start leaking out now that the summer has arrived.


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