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Defensive line gets big boost from ND transfer

NCAA Football: Temple at Notre Dame
Graduate transfer Jay Hayes will be able to play immediately for Georgia.
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In Georgia football, the ethos at times is never getting comfortable.

This week, that applies to keep track of the roster.

In the plan of a few days, one offensive lineman and a linebacker have opted to transfer out with a graduate transfer flipping from Oklahoma to join the Bulldogs.

First thing’s first.

Notre Dame graduate transfer Jay Hayes has made it official that he’ll be headed to Athens. He initially committed to Oklahoma on April 15, but it turns out G-Day changed his mind...another reason why Kirby wanted the stands full.

Hayes will obviously be critical for Georgia on defense, especially if the goal is to have little drop off when a second group rotates into the game off the sidelines, not to mention with the graduation of Trent Thompson.

On the offensive side, Pat Allen is transferring out. While you hate to lose anyone, it’s a product of competition. You would much rather have too many talented players instead of begging and pleading for a walk-on to fill a gap.

Linebacker Jaleel Laquins will also transfer. Part of Kirby Smart’s first class, he has played sparingly through two years in Athens.

The big picture is this.

It’s not for fun and giggles when it comes to why this coaching staff does not stop being relentless on the recruiting trail. You can never have too many options, especially in the case of someone to opts to look elsewhere or if injuries happen. Plus - did anyone see how the second-team line looked Saturday? Talk about winning the eye-test with guys like Trey Hill.