Chip Towers points out that Kirby’s hitting for a pretty high average when it comes to bringing in transfers who contribute. The way it’s looking, he’s not just getting added depth, he’s getting some excellent quality.
Ahkil Crumpton, J.R. Reed, Cameron Nizialek and David Marvin.
These four members of the Georgia football team have two things in common: (1) They are transfers; (2) each of them may end up starting for the Bulldogs this fall.
Second-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart has a reputation for being an exceptional recruiter, and rightly so as the Bulldogs have closed on back-to-back Top 10 classes under his guidance. But not included in those rankings are players who are transferring from other schools. And while it is very common for schools to add to their rosters in that manner these days, it’s unusual to get what might be four starters via that route.
Of the four, Reed has been the most pleasant surprise, not just to me, but to his head coach.
“I didn’t know what we were getting,” Smart said of accepting Reed’s transfer. “I knew he was a really good athlete. I knew he was fast. We didn’t know much. We just heard from his coaches and they all said he was a good player. We were deficient in that area and he’s turned out to be probably the best decision we’ve made from the standpoint of transfers, junior college players.
“That was a huge get for us because we’re struggling a little bit right now in the secondary from a standpoint of depth. And he’s made it where we’ve got five guys we can play with right now. Without him we might be four or less. So, he’s done a good job.”
With the news about Malkom Parrish’s injury, Reed’s presence might be an even bigger deal now.