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Georgia receiver Tyler Williams to enter transfer portal

Palmber-Thombsby:Palmer Thombs04/16/24


After just one season at Georgia, wide receiver Tyler Williams plans to look elsewhere. The Lakeland, Fla. native was a four-star prospect and a top-100 player in the country for the Class of 2023 coming out of high school but played in just two games during his first season at the collegiate level. Appearing against Ball State and UAB, he had a four-yard catch in the win over the Blazers. Williams enrolled early in 2023, and thus has also participated in a pair of G-Day spring games. He did not record a catch on Saturday but did haul in two passes for 16 yards in the 2023 edition.

Williams took a redshirt in 2023 and will have four years of eligibility remaining at his next school. He becomes the 21st Georgia scholarship player to transfer this offseason, joining Chad Lindberg and Andrew Paul in doing so since the start of March. A full list of Georgia transfers, and their next destination, can be found below.

Aliou Bah – Maryland
Austin Blaske – North Carolina
Jamon Dumas-Johnson – Kentucky
Nyland Green – Purdue
AJ Harris – Penn State
Zeed Haynes – Syracuse
Jonathan Jefferson – SMU
Marvin Jones Jr. – Florida State
EJ Lightsey – Georgia Tech
Chad Lindberg – Rice
CJ Madden – Colorado
Jackson Meeks – Syracuse
Josh Miller – Syracuse
DeNylon Morrissette – Purdue
Andrew Paul
CJ Smith – Purdue
Darris Smith – Missouri
Xavian Sorey – Arkansas
Brock Vandagriff – Kentucky
Jared Zirkel – Texas A&M

The Bulldogs have also been the beneficiary of additions by way of the transfer portal. Six signed and joined Georgia for spring drills – Florida running back Trevor Etienne, Miami wide receiver Colbie Young, Vanderbilt wide receiver London Humphreys, USC wide receiver Michael Jackson, South Carolina defensive lineman Xzavier McLeod and Alabama defensive back Jake Pope. A seventh newcomer, Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek, will join the team come summer. UGA also added a pair of specialists out of the portal with UCLA snapper Beau Gardner and Duke kicker Charlie Ham. Each of them will also join the team during the summer.

Williams’ departure leaves Georgia with 11 on scholarship: Dominic Lovett, Rara Thomas, Colbie Young, Michael Jackson III, Arian Smith, Dillon Bell, Cole Speer, Anthony Evans, London Humphreys, Sacovie White and Nitro Tuggle.

Williams High School Scouting Report

Former basketball-first athlete who blossomed as a wide receiver after transferring to powerhouse Lakeland High as a junior. Has a natural, well-rounded skill set at receiver. A big, fluid mover at around 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Has plus length for the position with 33.5-inch arms. Draws on his basketball background to win at the catch point. High-points and attacks the ball in contested situations. Shows good lateral agility and spatial awareness as a runner after the catch. Made plays as a senior as a receiver, return man and even on direct snaps while helping Lakeland to a state title. Continues to be a top basketball player, averaging over 15 points per game as a junior. Will need to continue progressing in the technical aspects of his game given his lack of football focus to this point. Not as productive as most other top wide receivers with 399 yards and six receiving touchdowns as a senior with a relatively low number of targets.

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