Just as the Dawgs are hitting the home stretch of their 2011 recruiting efforts, wide receiver Logan Gray may have given them another scholarship to hand out. Gray announced plans to transfer to a school closer to his Missouri hometown to get his master’s, taking advantage of an NCAA rule permitting early graduates to transfer to another Division I-A school without having to sit out a year if they plan on getting a postgraduate degree.
If Gray opened up another scholly for the Dawgs, though, it’s one they may need to restock a depleted receiver corps — he makes the third upperclassman on the WR corps to depart following Kris Durham’s graduation and A.J. Green’s early departure for the NFL. That represents the departure of more than half the Dawgs’ 3,151 total receiving yards from 2010, meaning now would be a great time for a big step-up from either an existing blue-chipper (looking at you, Marlon Brown and Israel Troupe) or one of UGA’s highly touted ’11 recruits such as Justin Scott-Wesley or Sanford Seay.
While unexpected, Gray’s departure isn’t really a shocker, as his role in the offense had been steadily minimized from QB down to WR and, effectively, fair-catch specialist. Here’s hoping his next school gives him a chance to display some of the skills that earned him four stars as a recruit in 2007.