Based on this, it’s hard to believe he won’t scour the transfer portal for at least one DB.
That’s especially true at cornerback where, with the exception of seldom-used senior Ameer Speed, the Bulldogs won’t have a scholarship cornerback who’s been in the program for more than two years.
There’s talent on the roster. Redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo is a former five-star, yet he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Second-year performer Jalen Kimber is skilled but has played in only three games.
With the exception of the aforementioned Speed, Georgia’s other scholarship corners consist of second-year player Daran Branch, followed by true freshmen Nyland Green, Khamari Lassiter and Javon Bullard.
“They’re going to have to impact early, whether they can or they can’t,” Smart told Rivals’ Mike Farrell in an exclusive interview earlier in the day. “I can’t say whether they can or they can’t, because they haven’t really been in our system. They’re talented athletes, or they wouldn’t be coming to the University of Georgia and the SEC.”
Of course, there’s always the transfer portal.
Although he would not commit to taking the transfer route, Smart seemed to indicate the portal would be an avenue he would consider.
“Corner is our biggest need—bigger than, say, necessarily safety,” he said. “We’re going to have to figure out if these guys (current players) can play, because we’re in big-time need at corner as we start out this season.”
How long is it going to take for the staff to figure that out? Asking for a Georgia fan…