The whispers of what might happen this spring have come to pass.
According to a report from Matt Zenitz of On3Sports, former 5-star OT Amarius Mims has placed his name in the transfer portal.
Mimis saw his first action last fall as a reserve in the home opener against UAB. The 6-foot-8, 315-pounder also played against Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Auburn, Mizzou, Tennessee, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech.
He was not in attendance at Georgia’s second spring scrimmage in Athens on Saturday. The former Bleckley County standout was an early enrollee at UGA in January of 2021.
Mims is the sort of talent that will be able to portal his way and start immediately at a lot of Power 5 schools. It will just be a little tricky, per NCAA rules, for him to play right away in the SEC.
The conference established a rule last June that allowed players immediate eligibility at another member institution provided that the athlete placed their name into the portal before February 1.
It appears here that Mims would have to be granted a release by UGA in order to play this fall at another school within the SEC. He only needed to have placed his name into the portal by May 1 in order to play this fall at any other non-SEC school.
Florida State, among other schools like USC, would be a possible destination to watch here.
Former 5-star OL Clay Webb also places his name in the portal
Mims was not the only former 5-star recruit to place their name in the transfer portal over the weekend. Zenitz also reported that Georgia senior OL Clay Webb is now also in there.
Webb saw action as a reserve in five games in the 2019 and 2020 seasons but did not see any action last fall.
He was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 center coming out of high school, but never really took to that position. Webb told DawgNation his preference was to work as a guard initially at UGA coming out of high school.
Webb, an All-American signee in the 2019 class, has yet to be able to crack the two-deep at UGA since he enrolled out of Oxford High in Alabama back in January of 2019.
While the Bulldogs do have a wealth of talent across the offensive front, the one area where they are the thinnest would be at offensive tackle. Look for Georgia to look to a player like 2019 All-American Xavier Truss to add to the depth there. Truss has been working at both the tackle and guard spots over his last two seasons in Athens.
Micah Morris, another former All-American OL, is also now in his second year at UGA and could also provide very good reps at both this guard and tackle spots this fall.
True freshman OL Earnest Greene III, a top 50 overall prospect, has impressed early on in spring camp, but he is still a first-year player.
The key takeaway is this: While Mims and Webb are now in the portal as former 5-star recruits, neither one of the two had earned first-team reps at this point of spring practice.
Mims was a top 10 recruit back in the 2021 cycle. Webb was the nation’s No. 1 center and the No. 26 overall recruit in the 2019 class.
With those two looking to find a new home, it is still significant to point out that Georgia has a projected starting group of Jones, Warren Ericson, Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, Devin Willock and McClendon to look to. There’s also 2021 opening game starter Tate Ratledge working his way back into the rotation after a season-ending injury last September against Clemson.
Top 150 overall prospects still at UGA on the offensive line:
- Class of 2020: 4 (OT Broderick Jones, OG/OT Chad Lindberg; OC Sedrick Van-Pran Granger, OG Tate Ratledge)
- Class of 2021: 2 (OG Dylan Fairchild, OG/OT Micah Morris)
- Class of 2022: 1 (OG/OT Earnest Greene III)