Freshman Lewis Cine appeared to have edged ahead of Reese this season. Cine ended up starting at safety in the Sugar Bowl after Reed opted to sit out ahead of the NFL Draft. He finished with seven tackles, which gave him 21 for the season. Most of Reese’s work came on special teams.
Fabrizio was sure Reese would’ve played more at Georgia by now.
“Otis is a great player, but it’s not for me to say, I guess,” Fabrizio said. “Georgia’s got a lot of talent. They’ve had some really good teams. I mean, everybody they sign are great players. There’s certainly no ill will on our part toward Georgia or anything like that. I really don’t know what the situation is as far as why he’s decided to leave, I just know he has and that he’s not sure where he’s going yet.”
As for where Reese might end up, Fabrizio didn’t know. He did say his phone was “blowing up with plenty of suitors.”
Alabama, Auburn and Michigan were among Reese’s finalists coming out of high school.
Reese joins linebacker Robert Beal in the transfer portal. Beal, a 6-4, 244-pound sophomore, entered his name last fall but accompanied the Bulldogs to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and said afterward he wasn’t sure what he was going to do.