ATHENS — Reggie Wilkerson, who played safety and cornerback at Georgia in a reserve role, will be leaving the team to pursue a graduate transfer.
Wilkerson is due to graduate in May, and will become the second player to leave Georgia the grad transfer route. Brice Ramsey is doing the same. Wilkerson’s decision was confirmed by UGA on Tuesday morning.
Wilkerson released a statement on his Instagram account:
“First and foremost I want to thank God for everything He has given me, blessing my family and myself. This has been an unforgettable four years at the University of Georgia. I want to thank every coach that has helped build and mold me into the man I am today. There will be Nothing compared to playing between the hedges. Thank you to the fans for the unbelievable support over the years. The brotherhood I’ve joined here in Athens will last a lifetime. With that being said, I will play my last year at another institution. I wish nothing but success to the Bulldogs for years to come. To my brothers in the Red & Black, finish the drill. Once a Dawg always a Dawg. To the Bulldog Nation: Thank you.”
“Our sincerest thanks to both Brice and Reggie for their contributions to the University in general and the Bulldog football program in particular over these past four years,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “We wish them all the best at their next destination and final season of eligibility.”
A rising senior, Wilkerson enrolled early in 2013 and impressed right away, and was set to compete for a starting cornerback role as a true freshman. But those plans were derailed by an ACL tear that summer, and when he returned the following year he was never quite able to recover his spot on the depth chart.
Wilkerson, a native of Orlando, Fla., appeared in 20 games at Georgia, racking up 17 tackles. He spent most of last year on the second team, rotating between safety and the star position.