Wednesday, May 22, 2013
UGA tight end Smith plans to transfer
By David Ching
Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed on Wednesday that Ty Flournoy-Smith intends to transfer to another program, although he was not yet sure of the sophomore tight end’s eventual landing spot.
“It will probably be a junior college destination,” Richt said. “He’s talking with [Georgia Military College].”
Richt did not rule out Flournoy-Smith eventually return to Georgia.
“Possibly. That could happen,” he said.
Flournoy-Smith appeared in eight games last fall as a true freshman and seemed to be in the mix for an increased role this season. He was arrested in February for reporting his university-issued schoolbooks as stolen when he had actually sold them back to an Athens-area bookstore, but Richt said at the time that his punishment would be handled internally.
Richt said that he and Flournoy-Smith met this week and that the tight end had reached a decision by the end of their meeting.
“He came to my office and when we were done talking, he thought it was in his best interest to transfer out. That’s kind of where I’m going to leave it right now,” Richt said.
Flournoy-Smith’s departure leaves Georgia with three scholarship tight ends for the 2013 season. Senior Arthur Lynch and sophomore Jay Rome return after splitting the vast majority of the snaps at the position last fall, while signee Jordan Davis will enter the mix this summer.
The Bulldogs seemed set to sign just one tight end for the 2014 class and already have a commitment from ESPN 150 honoree Jeb Blazevich. However, Flournoy-Smith’s departure might alter that plan.
Richt said he is simply not sure whether that will change the coaching staff’s recruiting plan for the position yet.
“You’re going to have a target number at each position,” Richt said. “If you don’t hit a target at a certain position, then you might take that one and give it to this position. So that happens along the way. But we had our target and we basically hit it and now whether that’s changing, I’m just not sure yet.”
Richt said Flournoy-Smith is the only Bulldog that he knows of who is pursuing a transfer.