Now, wait a minute.

Seth Emerson’s behind a paywall at The Athletic, so I’m not going to repost his story verbatim, but it appears the Tramel Walthour, grayshirt story is lacking a few legs.  For one thing, neither Smart nor Walthour have publicly confirmed such is the case.

For another, Walthour actually signed with Georgia.  I’m not sure how you can unring that bell with a grayshirt.

Take it for what it’s worth.  If Seth’s right, and I have no reason to think otherwise, then take back what I posted earlier regarding speculation about the roster numbers being tight.

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27 responses to “Now, wait a minute.

  1. Can’t Kirby “ask” him to defer his enrollment to the spring under the rules since he signed the LOI? Just curious.

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  2. Argondawg

    I am not sure how this all pans out. What Seth is saying is not jiving with what others are saying on other sites.

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    • Read Jake Rowe’s post carefully: “A member of Georgia’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class is expected to take a gray shirt.”

      That doesn’t sound etched in stone to me. At least not at the moment.

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      • Argondawg

        Agreed but I was also hearing that this was not a new development in fact I’ve been hearing this since signing day though everyone was hesitant to say who the potential recruit was until the last day or so. Now we can understand why. Solid communication would benefit all parties at this point.

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        • Argondawg

          He edited that tweet for clarity. I don’t understand why anyone felt the need to report this information. It’s speculation at this point. Why embarrass the kid? Does anyone else see this as irresponsible?

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  3. TnDawg

    Now wait a minute. Is Seth no longer with the AJC?

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    • ChiliDawg

      No, he works for The Athletic now. Whatever that is.

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      • Silver Creek Dawg

        “Whatever that is” is a well-run, pure sports news site. $40 annual subscription, of which the Senator is a subscriber. Everything I’ve read from there has been really good, so I expect I’ll take the plunge shortly.

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    • Matt in Australia

      I guess he got tired of being talked-at ad nauseam by Brandon Adams once or twice a week.

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  4. Anonymous

    Greyshirting is also a solution for when a guy isn’t going to qualify for admission in the fall but is close enough to where a semester of prep-school will fulfill the requirement so they don’t have to go the JUCO route.

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    • That’s not greyshirting. A player who doesn’t qualify can either go to prep school to get their grades or test scores up to a qualifying level or to a JUCO to meet their academic requirements to transfer to an NCAA member institution.

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      • Anonymous

        The prep school route isn’t a transfer as far as the NCAA is concerned.
        There is probably a different color shirt for this one. It is technically the opposite of a blue shirt. The point being that the kid would count toward the 2018 class while not being on scholarship or starting their eligibility clock until winter 2019.

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        • My point about a “sign and place” with a prep school is that you don’t do that with someone who is a qualifier otherwise. The player who does that is ineligible under NCAA rules but doesn’t want to go the JUCO route to start the NCAA eligibility clock. It’s not a roster management tool, or Saban would have had kids in prep schools all over the Southeast.

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  5. Biggen

    I’m more pissed that everything Seth links to on Twitter is behind a paywall. Have to unfollow him…

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  6. Granthams replacement

    Jimmy Williamson doesn’t retire until June 30th, plenty of time for him to help Kirby get to 85.

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  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Well, if Seth is right (and he has more credibility for me than most) we all have a lot to take back. But good on Seth for finding a gig beyond the AJC.

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  8. NCDawgMan

    Pay Sites have……have as much creditability, “as well”………… ……. the UGA way…..
    ………..I think Seth is a “good guy”…….I bought the AJC as long s it was printed.
    Did not always agree with view points but those times are GONE. No papers outside Atlanta, I’ll be darned if I spend any more money on The UGA way….. or inside information…….
    Ya get a look at the prices of Tailgate Central…… really …..Wonder what the fans on the tracks that sit on the tracks and stood on the bridge are doing now…..Yes they love Them Dawgs but been cut out of the picture

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  9. Macallanlover

    Question, is The Athletic worth a subscription at this point, or just getting started? Have seen it referred to in a couple of places. They also seem to have some kind of power ranking and prediction formula ala Bill Connelly?

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    • Jack Burton

      Why would any site like this be worth a subscription? Serious question. All the same shit is written on multiple sites.

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    • I like it. Been subscribed about 3 months or so, so getting Seth added in was a bonus. If all you care about is college football coverage then it’s peobably not quite what you want just yet – but it’s getting there. Stewart Mandel provides national coverage and they’re bringing on a lot of local guys like Seth. But they have good writers on all sports, I’ve enjoyed their NBA and NFL stuff. But again, if all you care about is college football, I’d probably wait until they build that piece up a bit more.

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      • Macallanlover

        Thanks for the assessment. I did hear it was multi-sport so your suggestion sounds like a good idea.

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  10. Tim B

    He may not have decided what to do yet. My understanding is that if a player graduates but doesn’t make it through the clearing house prep school isn’t an option. In other words he would have to go to juco 2 years in that case. If a player isn’t sure he has met all the requirements he shouldn’t graduate. That said, if he can qualify there is no way the staff would greyshirt him given the situation we have at DT.

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  11. Former Fan

    The grayshirt has to do more with the 85 number than the 25. Even if he grayshirted, he would still count as a signee for the 2018 class but wouldn’t count towards the 85 limit unless he enrolled in school. At least that is how I understand it. Thing is, as you pointed out Senator, none of this seems confirmed yet.

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  12. UGA '97

    McGarity is behind a paywall despite being at a public institution. A roster is fluid at all times, but to me I think the grad transfer is the new Juco so I am just fine with issuing a gray shirt. Curious to know how many of those do coaches actually do “honor” those, percentage-wise, on a per season basis.

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