May 22, 2013

TE to transfer

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STATESBORO - Typically, this year's Georgia Day festivities have been devoid of any breaking news, but that was not the case Wednesday afternoon.

Head coach Mark Richt confirmed that sophomore tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith has decided to transfer, and will not be with team this fall.

"Ty is going to transfer," Richt told a small group of reporters. "It will probably be a junior college."

Richt said that the former Colquitt County standout is talking to GMC.

He declined to comment on the specifics for Flournoy-Smith deciding to leave, other than to say the decision was made this week.

"I think for that one, he thought it was in his best interest that he transfer out," Smith said. "That's kind of where I'm going to leave it right now."

Smith played in eight games last year as a true freshman for Georgia, mostly on special teams and did not record a catch. He did haul in a 30-yard reception during Aprils G-Day Game.

Smith was expected to receive more playing time this year, but was still listed as a solid No. 3 behind senior Arthur Lynch and redshirt sophomore Jay Rome.

The Bulldogs also have incoming freshman Jordan Davis of Thomson and have a verbal commitment from four-star standout Jeb Blazevich.

So how does this affect the Bulldogs' recruitment?

Prior to Flournoy-Smith's decision, the Bulldogs were only going to sign one tight end.

But now that he's gone, have those plans changed?

"I don't know if I can make a comment on that, there are just so many numbers you have at each position," Richt said. "But sometimes if those numbers, change your recruiting numbers change."When pressed again, Richt continued to hedge his answer. Milan Richard, the nephew of Georgia legend Herschel Walker, was also targeted by the Bulldogs before committing to Clemson.

"I don't want to say we're set, I don't want to say we're not," Richt said. "But I will say this, you're going to have a target number at each position and when you don't hit a target at one position, you might take one from another and give it to this position. We had our target, we hit it, now whether this changes it; I'm just not sure."

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