Former Clemson first-team All-ACC selection Derion Kendrick joining Georgia
Georgia is going all-in for the coming football season as Kirby Smart’s program has reportedly added a former first-team All-ACC selection from Clemson’s roster.
Former Clemson starting cornerback Derion Kendrick is on his way to Athens to join the Bulldog program according to Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.
Not only is Kendrick an elite performer, he fills the biggest position of need on Georgia’s roster as the Bulldogs lost five veteran cornerbacks this offseason.
The reason Kendrick is available and not suiting up for Clemson? Dabo Swinney’s program dismissed the defensive back from the team back in February.
“I want to say that I love DK. He is a young man that I have always loved as a football player. He has a good heart. He has a really good heart,” Swinney said following the dismissal of Kendrick. “He has never been a disrespectful young man or anything like that, just sometimes there just needs to be a change.”
Kendrick was named first-team All-ACC last season 20 tackles (one for loss), six pass breakups, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery and was named a second-team All-ACC selection in 2019.
Of course, Georgia and Clemson are set to meet in the 2021 season opener in Charlotte. This news will only add to the anticipation of that incredible matchup.
Kendrick is the third defensive back to transfer to Georgia this offseason, joining former West Virginia All-American Tykee Smith and former Alabama defender Brandon Turnage.