ATHENS — One week into spring practice, the Georgia football team has apparently lost a potential contributor for the season.
Freshman cornerback Divaad Wilson tore an ACL in practice Saturday, he tweeted on Saturday night.
“Tore my ACL [on Saturday] … Comeback will be Epic! God’s Plan,” Wilson tweeted. (Wilson later deleted the tweet, for reasons unclear.)
Coach Kirby Smart had revealed after practice that Wilson suffered an injury. At the time, the nature of the injury apparently wasn’t certain, but Smart didn’t sound optimistic.
“That’s disheartening, because he had had three really good practices, and I was really fired up about him,” Smart said.
The news is an early blow to Georgia’s secondary, which needs to replace three starters, and Wilson already had made an early positive impression.
“The biggest thing is he’s 190-195 pounds. He’s that Mo Smith, that Aaron Davis, that star-type body. He was picking things up well,” Smart said.
Georgia returns only two starters in the secondary, senior cornerback Deandre Baker and junior safety J.R. Reed. If healthy, Wilson would appear to remain a candidate at both cornerback and star (nickelback). So far this week, junior Tyrique McGhee was working with the first team at cornerback, but star had been a committee approach that included defensive backs (McGhee, William Poole, Ameer Speed), outside linebackers (Walter Grant, Keyon Brown) and even inside linebacker Jaden Hunter.
Wilson was a consensus 4-star prospect from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School. He made 8 interceptions as a senior, and 5 as a junior, and was fast enough to run a leg on the 4×100-meter team at Miami Northwestern that won a Florida state championship.
This is the third member of Georgia’s 2018 class to suffer a knee injury. Tailback Zamir White and outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari suffered injuries during their high school seasons. White already has enrolled at Georgia and is doing well as he tries to get back for the season.
Ojulari enrolls this summer and has been doing rehab in Athens. In fact, Ojulari was in attendance at practice Saturday.