Georgia has addressed one of its pressing needs in the secondary by adding productive transfer West Virginia Tykee Smith as a starter.
In 2020, Smith accounted for 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions in 10 games with the Mountaineers, per ESPN. He started eight games as a freshman in 2019 and had 53 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.
The team announced the news Sunday night, and ESPN reports the safety will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith entered his name in the transfer portal at the end of March.
After Saturday’s scrimmage, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said the team still has a ways to go, especially with the secondary.
“We’re a long way from being ready in terms of what we need to do with the secondary because we’ve just got a lot of inexperienced players,” Smart said, per ESPN. “We cannot have enough of those situations: scrimmages, passing, all of the different looks we get, because we need experience.”
He will be joining former West Virginia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae, who left WVU for Georgia in January.