July 17, 2018 Atlanta: Georgia head coach Kirby Smart holds his SEC Media Days press conference at the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Kirby Smart welcomes Demetris Robertson to UGA; Gibbs returns

For Georgia fans trying to keep up with Kirby Smart’s rapid recruiting successes, the recent addition of wide receiver Demetris Robertson is a rare moment of delayed gratification. 

Smart initiated the recruiting courtship while he was at Alabama during Robertson’s freshman year at Savannah Christian. The two formed a “really good relationship” that developed “even further” when Robertson committed to California after withholding his decision past signing day. 

Robertson was a five-star recruit and the top wide receiver in the nation coming out of high school. Georgia was one of the final schools he considered before choosing to head out west. 

“We’re excited to have him back to our program,” Smart said. “We have a big need on our team, especially in the future, at the wideout position. Losing Terry (Godwin), Ahkil Crumpton and Jayson Stanley (after the 2018 season). … We have to do a good job of replacing them, and that’s what we’re trying to do through recruiting.” 

Robertson is expected to sit out the 2018 season because of NCAA transfer rules, but he may be granted immediate eligibility through a hardship waiver, as his decision to continue his athletic career at Georgia stems from a desire to be closer to home because of personal matters. 

As a freshman at Cal, Robertson caught 50 passes for 767 yards and seven touchdowns. His sophomore season ended early after suffering a lower-body injury, but he is fully recovered and is expected to big a target for the Bulldogs after his eligibility status is settled.

Smart also confirmed that defensive back Deangelo Gibbs is back working with the team after missing games toward the end of the 2017 season and leaving the university during spring semester.

Kirby Paul Smart was born Dec. 23, 1975 in Montgomery, Alabama. Smart graduated from Bainbridge (Ga.) High School. His HS coach was his dad, Sonny Smart. Smart played football at Georgia from 1995-98 and graduated with an undergraduate business degree in 1998. He earned a master's degree from Florida State in 2003. Smart was a first-team All-SEC choice as a senior at Georgia in 1998. A safety, Smart intercepted 13 passes while playing for the Bulldogs. Smart intercepted six passes as a junior and five as

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