ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 2: Marvin Jones Jr.#7 during a game between UT-Martin and University of Georgia at Sanford Stadium on September 2, 2023 in Athens, Georgia.
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Georgia Is Losing Another Former 5-Star to the Transfer Portal

The Georgia Bulldogs have a bit of a mini-firestorm on their hands between the transfer portal and recruits potentially going elsewhere, and the latest name to add to the list is edge rusher Marvin Jones Jr.—he's entering the transfer portal.

Jones Jr. becomes yet another Georgia Bulldog player to hit the portal; he adds to a list that includes the following players:

  • QB Brock Vandagriff
  • DL Jonathan Jefferson
  • EDGE CJ Madden
  • WR Jackson Meeks
  • EDGE Darris Smith
  • OL Austin Blaske
  • K Jared Zirkel
  • CB Nyland Green
  • LB EJ Lightsey
  • LB Xavian Sorey
  • OT Aliou Bah
  • WR Zeed Haynes
  • WR Logan Johnson

We also recently discovered that five-star quarterback recruit Dylan Raiola is potentially entertaining Nebraska instead of the Bulldogs. 

This is all coming after the Bulldogs lost 27-24 in the SEC Championship game to the now No. 4 seed Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide reached the Playoff over the Florida State Seminoles controversially. The Bulldogs will play the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl in late December.
Fans on X seem to also be questioning what's going on in Athens.

"The real question is why does it seem like a mass exodus from Ga or am I just seeing the same couple kids reported on over and over," one user wrote.

"Bama broke that program," another user wrote.

This past season, Jones Jr. played just 237 total snaps. He played 69 rushing the passer and 128 in run defense. He generated five pressures, had one sack, and had three missed tackles (16.7% miss rate).

He was with Georgia in 2022 as well, playing 66 snaps. While the loss of Alabama could've contributed, this looks like a case of not receiving enough playing time. Across two seasons with the Bulldogs, Jones Jr. has played just 303 total snaps. To put that in perspective, one of the top edge rushers this season, UCLA's Laiatu Latu, played 306 pass-rushing snaps this year—three more than Jones Jr.'s total snaps.

We'll continue to see if players flee from Athens over the coming weeks and months.

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