UGA football adds another playmaking pass catcher in LSU transfer Arik Gilbert
UGA football's offense picked up another big threat in the passing game on Tuesday.
Arik Gilbert, the former five-star prospect from Marietta who played last season at LSU, is transferring to the Bulldogs, he told Dawgs247.
The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Gilbert had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Tigers.
He’ll join a Bulldogs offense that could be without wide receiver George Pickens for much if not all of the season due to a torn ACL. Gilbert played tight end at LSU. The Bulldogs have rising sophomore Darnell Washington, senior John Fitzpatrick and freshman Brock Bowers at the position.
“He’s big, tall, agile wide receiver that’s just in a tight end’s body,” said former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards. “He brings a different element than Darnell Washington. I think Darnell Washington is fantastic.”
Gilbert said Georgia plans to use him at a different position.
“Being brought in to play wide receiver, I definitely think I can help the team win,” he told Dawgs247. “Nothing is going to be given to me, so I am ready to get there and get to work with the team.
Edwards, who trains receivers, has worked with Gilbert since he was a high school freshman and has worked him out three times a week in recent months since he left LSU. He’s also worked with a speed coach and strength coach.
“He’s actually been putting in serious work this offseason,” Edwards said. “He’s really rejuvenated himself to understand life. He’s really ready to go.”
Gilbert was the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 tight end and top-rated player in Georgia by the 247Sports Composite in 2020.
Gilbert had committed to Florida as a transfer but backed off that pledge in February.
Edwards said the Gilbert-Washington 1-2 punch as tight ends “would be the best combination in the whole of college football. If you’ve got those two guys on the same team. A guy that’s 6-8, 280 and a guy that’s 6-5, 250 that moves like a wide receiver. I could see a lot of 12 personnel in the game with them.”