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Smoke Bouie no longer with Georgia football program

On3 imageby:Jake Rowe07/18/23


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia added four transfers this offseason but only three will suit up for the Bulldogs this fall. Smoke Bouie, a Peach State native who transferred to UGA from Texas A&M after the 2022 football season, is no longer with team.

Kirby Smart confirmed that news in a sit down with Georgia beat writers on Tuesday morning.

“Smoke is no longer with our team,” Smart said. “It has been that way for awhile and just kind of mutually agreed to part ways. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Bouie was committed to Georgia at one point during the 2022 recruiting cycle but ultimately decided to take his talents to College Station as part of the Aggies No. 1-ranked recruiting class. He appeared in seven games as a true freshman, playing mostly cornerback, where he tallied four tackles.

He joined the team in January and went through spring drills, getting mostly second and third-team reps. The length of his time at Georgia is less than ideal from Smart’s perspective, especially since both Bouie and the UGA head coach come from the same town.

“Yeah, very disappointing that his stay was short but the decision was made on both parties and we wish him nothing but the best,” Smart said. “He’s from the home town that I’m from and know a lot of people back there but it’s a decision that was made.

As a prospect Bouie was the nation’s No. 84 overall prospect in the 2022 class per the On3 Industry ranking. He was the No. 11 cornerback and No. 9 player in Georgia.

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All four of the transfers Georgia added after the 2022 season came from the SEC. The Bulldogs brought in Rara Thomas, Mississippi State’s leading receiver last season. They also added Dominic Lovett, Missouri’s leading receiver in 2022 and one of the top pass catchers in the SEC.

Both are expected to play major roles for UGA this season with Thomas serving as an outside receiver and Lovett in the slot.

Georgia also got former Tennessee running back Len’Neth Whitehead out of the transfer portal. The Athens native joined the program as a walk-on.

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