Former DT signee Devonte Wyatt shares his plan to return to UGA

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The focus today turns to 2017 4-star DT Devonte Wyatt and how quickly he could be on a UGA depth chart after a detour in the junior college ranks.


Two topics. One post.

The current path of Devonte Wyatt allows the Intel to address two items regarding 2018 defensive line recruiting within the same storyline.

That level of efficiency is possible because a current update on 4-star DT Devonte Wyatt is warranted. The Towers High (Decatur, Ga.) product was not cleared to enroll this summer by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Things drug out in July and August. He just didn’t make it. 

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Wyatt said he was humbled by the chance to put on the Georgia uniform on his first visit to Athens last summer. (Dr. Brian Hightower / Special)

He was the lone signee for the interior line in the highly-acclaimed #SICEM17 recruiting haul that is going through fall camp. Wyatt is not with that class. His wavy hair has undergone a significant trim and he is currently a second-team defensive lineman in the junior college ranks.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect is at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Wyatt is a Blue Dragon. Not a Bulldog. It should come as no shock that he’s already regarded as the fastest defensive lineman on a roster that features several former recruiting standouts (B.J. Emmons, D’Antne Demery) that were also committed to play at UGA at one time.

Wyatt’s path is simple. He makes it very clear.

“It was about my test score,” Wyatt said. “But really I am about my grades now. Just to get my  GPA up so it can match my first test score that I had.”

If all goes according to plan, then the current state of the 2018 class at the defensive tackle looks a lot better. Wyatt should be seen as a potential addition to the next class.

If he qualifies, then the defensive tackle picture for the 2018 class looks a lot better.

Devonte Wyatt plans to enroll at UGA in January

Wyatt stated it is possible that he will only need to spend one semester in the junior college ranks.

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Devonte Wyatt flipped from South Carolina to Georgia on August 8, 2016. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation)

Yet that will all be on him.

“They said just the first semester,” Wyatt said. “If I do well the first semester, then I will be coming back and enrolling in January.”

His target is clear. He needs to raise his grade-point average up to a 2.8 by recording a 3.0 this semester in two courses. He is taking a Mathematics and an English class at Hutchinson in order to do so.

“I’m going to get that,” Wyatt said. “Either two ‘As’ or two ‘Bs’ or an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ but I am going to get there. I am going to get it. I have got to get it.”

Wyatt also relayed that he is still firmly committed to Georgia. When he’s qualified to play NCAA Division I football, it will be at Georgia. No re-recruiting will be necessary.

“I’m going straight back to Georgia,” Wyatt said. “I still love Georgia, you know? I don’t want to go to a different school. Georgia had my back even though I didn’t have the right grades. It would be wrong for me to look elsewhere and leave them after they have been there for me.”

He said he hears often from both UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. They keep up with him through social media messages.

“They let me know ahead of time what was going to happen,” Wyatt said. “I still feel very comfortable with the coaches there at Georgia and all that.”

What happens if he doesn’t make that “B” average this fall? When he was asked that, he fell silent.

He didn’t really know the answer to that. He said he hasn’t even really considered that thought. That sounded promising for his chances.

“I will do whatever it takes to get back,” Wyatt said. “If it takes longer, then I will do just whatever it takes to get back. The one thing though is I love football. I realize this chance I have here. To play football and maybe make the league one day. I’m not going to waste it. I have to make it.”

In his own words: Devonte Wyatt

When Wyatt hears about UGA fans seeking an update on things or when he gets some love from DawgNation on social media, he does not understate how much that means to him.

“That means so much to hear that,” Wyatt said. “You just don’t know. That fires me up right now to know that all the Georgia fans back home are pulling for me. That makes me want to go even harder right now just by hearing that.”

The details about why he wound up in Kansas playing junior college football sound like a very tough break.

Wyatt told DawgNation that he achieved a qualifying score on his ACT to match his grade-point average on the NCAA’s sliding scale. That 20-plus number on his ACT just came in too late.

“There was a good chance,” Wyatt said. “My scores took too long to come in because then school was fixing to start and practice and everything was already going on.”

How hard is it?

“It is not hard now,” Wyatt said, who has been in Kansas for about a month. “I just know that it is for a good cause. This place is going to get me back somewhere I need to be. Sometimes I get maybe mad or sad. I see Georgia getting ready for the first game with all the prep videos and the hype videos I see. I wish I was there, but I can’t do anything about that. But then I can do something about what it takes for me to get back there.”

Wyatt has internalized all those emotions.

“When I think about it, God has put me here for a reason,” Wyatt said. “I am going to come back to Georgia and go hard. I’m going to go even harder because I will realize how special it is to be there. I know that now because I am missing out on all of that right now.”

What are the chances he lands that 3.0 this semester?

“Great chance,” Wyatt said. “It is a great chance. I am working very hard. Especially on my books. I just got finished with my essay for English class tonight and I just took a shower.”

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