It was big news when five-star defensive back DeAngelo Gibbs committed to play for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs. For most of his true freshman campaign, that hype seem justified, as Gibbs appeared regularly for one of the best defenses in the country and made a legitimate impact despite his young age.
However, Gibbs was reportedly away from the Bulldogs as they made their march to the College Football Playoff and, now, things appear to be headed in a suboptimal direction. Seth Emerson of DawgNation brings word that Gibbs is “not currently enrolled in classes at UGA” and indicates that his “status going forward with the team is unclear.”
It should be noted that the report indicates Gibbs’ absence late in the season was medical in nature but anytime a top-flight prospect is not even enrolled, alarm bells begin to go off surrounding the situation. Prior to his arrival, ESPN listed Gibbs as a five-star prospect (No. 10 overall nationally) and, while the circumstances are strange at this point, any real absence would be a significant blow to Georgia for 2018 and beyond.
This is a situation worth closely monitoring and, in short, more information is likely to follow with the reality of his enrollment status now displayed as public knowledge.