Another Transfer Loss By Georgia Football, Change Of Philosophy Needed

It’s always frustrating to lose a player to another school, and the University of Georgia has certainly been taking it on the chin as of late.

The latest setback is former Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o, who had his eyes peeled on going to Georgia for quite some time. However, To’o To’o has since decided to go another route, and he will spend his Saturdays for the next few years playing for Alabama, not the Bulldogs.

Losing To’o To’o is a big hit for Georgia, a program that simply has to get more with the times and figure out why young men around the country are using the transfer portal to go to other schools.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart says that he still believes that players, in some regard, should come to you – that you shouldn’t have to go out and work to get players to come to the school.

“I would rather not use the portal because schools like Cincinnati and Georgia shouldn’t have to. You should be able to go out and recruit the right kind of guys,” Smart said.

It’s a very conservative approach by Smart and his staff, but one that is simply failing right now. Georgia just isn’t getting the players through the transfer portal that they need.

So what can Georgia do to turn it around? Well, the coaching staff and their egos need to realize that name alone isn’t enough to get good players in the door.

To’o To’o, who was one of the top linebackers in the SEC last season, and his decision to play at Alabama should show just how behind the 8-ball the Bulldogs are.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. But I have to hear about KiRbY sMaRt every year and what talent he brings in. Meanwhile Dan Mullen works on the transfer portal and gets four and five star freshmen that should be taken from their original team’s recruiting class and given to Florida’s, rather than having to listen to what an ‘awful’ [hyperbole] recruiter Mullen is.

  2. UGA wasn’t even recruiting him. And UGA has plucked contributors from the portal three seasons in a row, including a PFF’s #1 safety this year. Is Clay still mad about UGA ruining his “blood bank guarantee” when they whipped Tennessee?

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