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Kirby Smart is entering his sixth season at Georgia.

Dreshun Miller committing to Auburn is why Kirby Smart chuckles at transfer portal fascination

We’ve written before about Miller after he entered the transfer portal. He started nine games last season for the Mountaineers, where he played for current Georgia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. He’s also from the state of Georgia, as he played his high school football for Sprayberry High School in Marietta.

All that background, plus Georgia’s seeming need at the cornerback made Miller a potential target for Georgia through the transfer portal.

Ultimately, Miller elected to transfer to Auburn. To many, the Tigers added a very good player that should help their secondary. A portion of the Georgia fan base likely knows this after familiarizing themselves with Miller’s talents.

This is exactly why Georgia coach Kirby Smart, when asked about building his team through the transfer portal, chuckled at the notion.

“Every time somebody goes in it, you write an article,” Smart told reporters before the Peach Bowl. “We don’t have to monitor it, you guys do it for us (laughter). As soon as somebody is in it, we know. I think people think we have people sitting down there checking on the ticker every three minutes.

“Since y’all are checking the ticker every three minutes, I don’t have to. ”

Miller is hardly the first player to draw attention upon entering the transfer portal. Arik Gilbert updates practically turned into a 24-hour news cycle in December and January following his exit at LSU and his arrival at Florida.

With players announcing they’re entering the transfer portal to following their likes and follows on social media platforms, it’s become easier than ever to track what players are doing and hypothesizing where they might be going.

Which is exactly why Smart doesn’t spend hours at a time wondering which player in the transfer portal can help his team.

“It’s a need base for us,” Smart said. “If I had my preference, I would rather not use the portal because schools like Cincinnati and Georgia shouldn’t have to, you should be able to go out and recruit the right kind of guys.”

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Smart is going to learn a good bit about his current 2021 team in the coming month with spring practices. He’ll get 15 opportunities to see how his team looks on the practice field and Sanford Stadium.

So come the end of G-Day on April 17, Smart will have a much better idea of where his team stands as far as what it needs.

Given what Georgia has lost at cornerback — Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell, DJ Daniel and Tyrique Stevenson — it seems like a position where Georgia might have a need.

The Bulldogs have landed blue-chip prospects in the past two recruiting cycles such as Kelee Ringo, Jalen Kimber and Nyland Green. All three of them will be on campus and competing for a starting spot at that position. Kamari Lassiter, another 4-star cornerback, is set to arrive later this summer.

Bringing in a cornerback, like potentially Miller, would’ve been viewed as a potential quick fix at the position. But Miller will likely only be at Auburn for one season and adding him doesn’t help Georgia’s long-term outlook at the cornerback position.

Smart took the time in his signing day press conference to stress the importance of development at the cornerback position. If Georgia’s current young players at cornerback don’t develop, it figures to be a multi-year headache for Georgia.

“It’s a position that needs to be developed, we have some guys that we’ve been developing that need to step up and play,” Smart said. “We’ve also got some young guys that we’ve signed that we just talked about that will have to grow quickly and will get an opportunity to compete for positions.”