ATHENS — Georgia freshman defensive back Deangelo Gibbs is not currently enrolled in classes at UGA, a school spokesperson confirmed on Friday.
Responding to an inquiry, UGA spokesperson Rebecca Beeler said Gibbs was “not currently enrolled in classes at UGA.”
Gibbs’ status with the team is unclear. He was not with the team during the latter portion of the season, tending to what was termed a “medical issue” by the team.
The news means Gibbs almost certainly will not be with the team for spring practice or participate in G-Day, barring something unforeseen. It was also not clear whether Gibbs was still in Athens or somewhere else.
Gibbs played in six games this season, the last one against Florida. He finished the season with 3 tackles. He was not with the team on the trip to the Rose Bowl or for the National Championship Game.
A top-50 recruit nationally from Grayson High School, Gibbs enrolled early at UGA last year and was contending for a starting spot in August. He was in the running to start at nickelback.
It ended up that J.R. Reed, who is Gibbs’ cousin, won a starting spot at safety, with Aaron Davis moving down from safety to nickelback.
Georgia’s secondary loses three players who started in the playoffs: Davis, safety Dominick Sanders and cornerback Malkom Parrish. If on the team and healthy, Gibbs would be a contender for a starting spot. It’s not clear now whether that will happen.
Last year, defensive tackle Trenton Thompson withdrew from spring semester classes, also with a medical issue. He returned to the team that summer and played his junior season, before declaring for the NFL draft.