ATHENS — Devonte Wyatt did not join the Georgia football team for practice this week, and he won’t be with the Bulldogs at all this season. The freshman defensive lineman instead has enrolled at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
But Wyatt, who could not academically qualify this time around, still hopes to eventually end up with the Bulldogs.
“He plans to go to UGA when he is eligibile to do so,” said Rion Rhoades, the head coach at Hutchinson Community College, in an e-mail on Wednesday afternoon.
A timetable is unknown at this point, Rhoades added. Wyatt could take one or two years to qualify.
Offensive lineman D’Antne Demery, the other signee from this year’s class who didn’t make it to Georgia, also has enrolled at Hutchinson. He was released from his National Letter of Intent after being arrested on domestic violence charges.
Demery is not expected to enroll at Georgia or at any SEC school. The conference has a rule about transfers who have issues related to domestic violence in their background. Wyatt, however, could end up at Georgia if he’s able to qualify academically.
The Wyatt news, which was first reported by Dawg247.com, means Georgia will have only one defensive lineman, Malik Herring, in its 2017 signing class; Wyatt was the second signee in the class. The team still has nine defensive linemen on its roster, and redshirt freshman Chauncey Manac has been working with the line this week in practice.
The news also means Georgia apparently will not have a scholarship crunch. The Bulldogs were right at 85 scholarships, the NCAA limit, after Robert Beal was officially cleared. That total assumes receiver Shakenneth Williams receives a medical disqualification.