Georgia football-transfer portal-2021 offseason
Kirby Smart took advantage of the transfer portal this offseason. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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What we learned about Georgia football and the transfer portal

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What we learned about Georgia football and the transfer portal

The deadline for players to enter the transfer portal and still have immediate eligibility is today. For the most part, the transfer portal and its activity have slowed down, as far as the 2021 season is concerned.

For Georgia, the Bulldogs have seen 10 players that were on scholarship enter the portal. That’s not as many as some of its fellow SEC programs, with Tennessee and Vanderbilt both having over twice as many transfers. Tyrique Stevenson, now at Miami, and Jermaine Johnson, who will play for Florida State, would’ve been likely starters for the Bulldogs in 2021.

The Bulldogs though didn’t wait idly by and were able to pull some talented players out of the portal to help the 2021 team. Georgia landed West Virginia defensive back Tykee Smith in April. Then in June, LSU transfer Arik Gilbert and former Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick arrived in Athens as well.

With all that has transpired with the transfer portal since the end of the 2020 season, we figure this would be an excellent time to take a look back and evaluate how the Bulldogs have — and haven’t — used the transfer portal.

Georgia likes what it has in young wide receivers: From a numbers standpoint, the biggest net loss Georgia had at a single position is wide receiver.

Five former Bulldog wide receivers entered the transfer portal, with four of them already finding new homes. Trey Blount is now at Old Dominion, Makyia Tongue is an Oregon State Beaver, Matt Landers transferred to Toledo and Tommy Bush ended up at North Texas. Demetris Robertson is still looking for a new home after entering the portal in June.

The Bulldogs have only brought in one player to offset the five departures in the form of Gilbert. While he played tight end at LSU, Gilbert has stated he will be playing wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

Even if Georgia hadn’t gone out and added Gilbert, the transfer of the other five receivers says a lot about how the Bulldogs feel about the young talent in their wide receiver room.

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Georgia signed five wide receivers in the 2020 signing class and four of them seem poised to have an impact on the 2021 team. Jermaine Burton could be the team’s leading receiver. Few players in the country can match Arian Smith’s speed. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Justin Robinson both seem primed to have bigger roles, especially after the injury to George Pickens.

Add in the emergence of Adonai Mitchell this spring along with veterans like Kearis Jackson and Dominick Blaylock and Georgia seems to be in a very good spot when it comes to the wide receiver position.

The Bulldogs targeted high-end experience at defensive back:

Georgia saw a major exodus of talent this offseason among its defensive backs. Four members of the 2020 secondary were taken in the NFL draft, while a fifth signed as an undrafted free agent.

Stevenson, who likely would’ve been one of Georgia’s starting cornerbacks, announced he would be transferring to Miami. In May, Major Burns transferred to LSU, leaving an already depleted secondary even thinner.