Georgia national football team lands wide receiver Dominic Lovett from the transfer portal

Georgia added to its wide receiver room in a big way, as the Bulldogs pulled Missouri wide receiver Dominic Lovett out of the transfer gate.

Lovett initially signed with Missouri as a 4-star recruit in the 2020 recruiting cycle. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Lovett is the second wide receiver Georgia pulled from the transfer gate, touching Georgia’s Rara Thomas of Mississippi State earlier Wednesday. The Bulldogs also signed three wide receivers on Wednesday, with Tyler Williams, Anthony Evans and Yazeed Haynes also from the Bulldogs.

“They’ll probably all need — they’ll have to get into the weight room and get stronger to really be able to do the things we want them to do,” Smart said at his 2023 signing event. “But you want to take a guy who has natural pace, the ability to catch the pass, make you miss ability, run behind catches, and vertical threats. We think we got that in those three guys.”

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For Missouri last season, Lovett hauled 56 receptions for 846 yards and three touchdowns. Against the Georgia Bulldogs, Lovett caught six passes for 84 yards in the 26-22 loss. That was the only game Georgia played this season that was decided by a single score.

The Bulldogs were the only team in college football this past season that did not enter the transfer portal to add a player. But Georgia coach Kirby Smart made it clear that the Bulldogs will use the transfer portal to improve the roster.

“We’ve had successful people come through the portal, and we’ll continue to use the portal,” Smart said. “It would be foolish to think you can be successful in college football and not stay and look through the gate. But you have to be smart about what you bring to your program, especially if you want to keep the culture dynamic we like to keep.”

Georgia was not initially set to lose a player from the wide receiver position to the NFL, but that could change. Kearis Jackson and Dominick Blaylock participated in the Bulldogs’ graduation day activities.

The wide receiver position has been hampered in recent seasons by injuries, with AD Mitchell, Ladd McConkey, and Arian Smith all missing time this season due to injury. McConkey is the team’s top wide receiver in 2022, hauling in 51 receptions for 675 yards and five touchdown catches.

The Bulldogs will bring back Brock Bowers for another season because he’s just a sophomore. He has led Georgia in every receiving category in each of the past two seasons.

So far, the Bulldogs have only had two players left to enter the transfer gate from their team, as Bill Norton has announced that he will be playing in Arizona next season.

Lovett will not be able to play for Georgia this season, as the Bulldogs continue to compete for a national championship. Georgia plays Ohio State in the College Football Playoff game on December 31.

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