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Former five-stars leaving Florida, Georgia

Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:50 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Russell Wilson is set to has announced his decision today, but even if he had chosen Auburn, he would have been far from the only ripple on the SEC's current "transfer market."

Because two former five-star recruits announced this past weekend that they would be looking for new homes outside their current residences in the SEC East. One of them is former Georgia offensive line signee Brent Benedict, who will be leaving the Bulldog program for the ubiquitous "personal reasons." The other is defensive end Chris Martin, who transferred to Florida last year after signing with Cal in spring of 2010. But after redshirting last fall, Martin will leave Gainesville without having played a down for the Gators, either, and will reportedly be looking for a transfer destination closer to his Aurora, Colo. hometown.

The good news for Will Muschamp and Co. is that thanks to the bounty of riches from that loaded 2010 Gator class, Martin might not be missed much. With Ronald Powell, Sharrif Floyd and their friends around, the Florida line should be able to shrug off the loss, even of a player who was viewed by nearly every recruitnik in the country as one of the 2010 class's best prospects at any position.

That's not the case in Athens, though, where the Dawg offensive line was already thin and has just gotten thinner. A redshirt freshman who had dominated at the high school level before a senior-year knee injury, Benedict was expected to land on the Georgia two-deep at right guard in 2011 with an eye towards starting in 2012.

But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "differences over how much and what kind of off-season training he should be doing" arose between Benedict and the Georgia staff, and he elected to move on.

Even after the loss of Benedict (and fellow transferee A.J. Harmon, and ACL victim Trinton Sturdivant), the Bulldogs have enough talent and experience to weather the storm on their depth chart -- if their projected starting lineup can stay healthy and productive. But after the past few seasons of underachievement up front, that's a big "if," and one on which the fate of the SEC East might rest.

Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Former five-stars leaving Florida, Georgia

Why are so many blue-chip players leaving SEC schools now?  Clearly, the lesson is that players should not travel from out west to play in the SEC.  Chris Martin will do fine at Colorado or Cal.  Stay away from the SEC!
Um, did you read the article?  The good players are transferring from SEC school to other SEC schools, while the subpar players leave the conference.  So only avoid the SEC if you aren't skilled is what you meant to say.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:14 am
 

Former five-stars leaving Florida, Georgia

Why are so many blue-chip players leaving SEC schools now?  Clearly, the lesson is that players should not travel from out west to play in the SEC.  Chris Martin will do fine at Colorado or Cal.  Stay away from the SEC!



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Former five-stars leaving Florida, Georgia

Chris Martin is a joke.  Didn't he bail on ND to then go to Cal, to then transfer to Florida to then transfer to.....  ????  Go to Idaho State and play out your four years.


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