Tramel Terry, the 2012 Mr. Football in South Carolina from Goose Creek High, announced Wednesday night he has been given a release from Georgia and will transfer.
“Nothing but love and respect for the G,” is what Terry wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in the evening, Georgia issued a statement announcing the transfer:
“I appreciate the opportunity provided by Georgia,” Terry said in the statement. “I have many friends there, but believe I’ll have a better chance for playing time somewhere else.”
Wednesday night, Terry told SportsTalkSC that he’s not had contact from any schools yet because the word of his transfer has just gotten out. He said Georgia has given him a complete release to transfer anywhere, and he will have three years to play two.
“Just focusing on making sure I’m in the best situation to do what I want,” Terry said. “I’m wide open but any school in South Carolina, I will definitely want to look at first.”
Terry is the second former S.C. Mr. Football to announce a transfer from Georgia this year. Quarterback Jacob Park, who was Mr. Football in 2013, decided in June to transfer from the Bulldogs.
Terry committed to Georgia in March of 2012 after narrowing his list to the Bulldogs, USC, Clemson, Alabama and Notre Dame. He was a dynamic two-way performer at Goose Creek as a defensive back and wide receiver.
He tore his ACL on the opening kickoff of the 2012 Shrine Bowl and missed all of the 2013 season at Georgia. The Bulldogs recruited him to play receiver, but Terry apparently did not regain his offensive form after the knee injury and was moved to the secondary and he was not able to move up the depth chart.
Last season he played in 10 games as a reserve, registering six tackles and an interception. He played in three games this season. Against USC last weekend he had two tackles and forced a fumble.
Georgia coach Mark Richt also issued a statement: “Playing time is important to every player and I understand the way he feels. We wish him nothing but success at his next school and will assist any way we can in the process.”