Georgia Bulldogs: Tulsa DB J.R. Reed makes the transfer


Just days after the Georgia Bulldogs dismissed defensive back Chad Clay earlier last week, they gained Tulsa defensive back J.R. Reed.

Thursday morning, Dawgs247 broke the news that the Georgia Bulldogs are acquiring a summer transfer, 6’2”, 185 lb. defensive back J.R. Reed from Tulsa.

Reed is the son of former NFL wide receiver, Jake Reed, who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. More importantly, he’s also the cousin of top Georgia high school recruit DeAngelo Gibbs, who is very interested in the Georgia Bulldogs.

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In the 247Sports Composite, he was rated as a 3-star recruit. Reed is a rising sophomore, and a versatile player who has the potential to do big things in Athens.

According to Jake Rowe of 247Sports,

"Listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds on the Golden Hurricanes official roster to start last season, and played his high school ball at Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Tex.There he starred on offense, defense and special teams and showed the ability to make big plays no matter what position plays or side of the ball he lines up on.Whether it’s the return game or he’s in man coverage, Reed knows what to do with the ball in his hands and appears to have the athleticism to help the Bulldogs at cornerback, safety, or nickel once he gets his feet under him in The Classic City."

Coming straight out of high school, Reed was a three-star recruit. As a true freshman in the 2015 season, he played 13 games with the Golden Hurricane in which he totaled five tackles and one pass deflection. Before leaving Tulsa, he was listed as co-starter on the team’s depth chart by the end of spring training.

Though the addition of Reed fills Clay’s spot on the roster, he will not be eligible to play any time soon. He enrolls in August, but will not play the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules. When he becomes eligible in 2017, Reed will still have three years of eligibility left, giving him more than enough time to leave his mark with the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Not only does Reed‘s decision to join the Bulldogs fill a need at defensive back, but it also has the potential to help Georgia seal the deal with his cousin. Will the acquisition of Reed help head coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs land Gibbs?