ATHENS — Kirby Smart, like most every responsible head football coach, keeps track of his scholarship numbers, whether it’s on the big board in the Georgia football offices, or a legal pad in his top desk drawer. But he doesn’t advertise those numbers, nor do most coaches.
So it’s left to us to see where Georgia stands on the NCAA scholarship limit of 85. And one week from the start of the Bulldogs’ preseason practice, there is a lot in flux:
- The status of incoming freshmen Robert Beal and Devonte Wyatt, who are still waiting to qualify academically.
- The possible addition of junior college receiver Akhil Crumpton.
- The status of senior receiver Shakenneth Williams, who didn’t participate in spring practice.
Those are the ones we know about. If any current players have elected to transfer, it has yet to be announced. There are no glaring omissions on Georgia’s latest online roster.
Right now the figure I arrive at it is right at 85 … but that’s not counting Crumpton. It also doesn’t count Williams, but it does count Beal and Wyatt. Any four of these situations could change, but I’m not going to cross out Beal and Wyatt until those situations are over, while my working assumption is Williams will eventually take a medical disqualification. As for Crumpton, it appears things are moving in the direction of him joining the team, but that’s not official, so that’s also an assumption.
So if Crumpton is going to join the team, then … something has to give, clearly.
Here is the class breakdown:
Seniors (17): 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, QB Brice Ramsey.
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.
You’ll not that this list does not include walk-ons who would be candidates to receive a scholarship: K Rodrigo Blankenship, FB Christian Payne, long snapper Trent Frix.
And you’ll note the list also include kicker David Marvin, the graduate transfer who is due to blue-shirt. The understanding here is blue-shirting means he still counts against the 85 scholarship limit, but not this year’s signing class.
Anyway, that’s our number, and something seemingly has to give. But there’s still time for things to shake out.