UGA Football: Divaad Wilson leaves team, looking to move back home

Redshirt sophomore Divaad Wilson entered the transfer portal on Monday. The Miami native started two games for UGA football last season.

UGA football’s defensive backfield suffered a huge blow Monday when redshirt sophomore Divaad Wilson decided to enter the transfer portal.

Wilson cited a desire to be closer to his family in Miami as his reason for transferring. In his statement on Twitter, Wilson praised the UGA football fanbase saying that he loved them and the Sanford Stadium atmosphere.

On the surface, Miami seems like the most likely spot for Wilson to land at. With a successful season at one power-five program under his belt, the Hurricanes will certainly be in contact. Florida and Florida State are other possible schools for Wilson, he was even committed to the Gators for almost 10 months during the 2018 recruiting cycle, before committing to Georgia during the early signing period.

Wilson’s transfer is a big blow to Georgia’s defensive backfield, even if he wasn’t a projected starter. He is a consistent player and a sure tackler, making 24 stops in 2019. Wilson elevated his play when Georgia needed it most, including intercepting a pass against Notre Dame.

Georgia is deep in the defensive backfield without Wilson. Without elite man coverage skills, Wilson and incumbent starter Mark Webb were bound to fall down the depth chart in favor of sophomore Tyrique Stevenson and true freshman Kelee Ringo. Both are better all-around football players who would potentially start at cornerback at most programs around the nation.

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The loss is still big for Georgia. Wilson would have added valuable and reliable depth to the defensive backfield in case of injuries. Fortunately, Georgia still has Wark Webb, and 2020 signee Jalen Kimber (No. 104 in the nation according to 247Sports Composite) is one of the more underrated players in the class.