Andy Staples’ comment about Darnell Washington brought a question to mind: has Georgia already won this transfer portal cycle?
No, I’m not being facetious. We’re past the May 1 deadline, and while it’s somewhere between uncertain and unlikely that Kirby Smart will sign anyone out of the portal, it’s a lot clearer that he isn’t losing any players of consequence beyond Jermaine Burton. Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, Washington isn’t leaving. Amerius Mims stuck his toe in the transfer pool, then changed his mind and decided to stay in Athens.
That’s two five-star kids who know the program. I don’t know too many other programs this go ’round who have had a similar haul. (And that’s without even getting into Arik Gilbert!) Especially when you consider the post-natty mindset and the way talent is stacked in Athens, getting everyone they got to stick it out is quite a testament to what Smart has built.