McCrae Takes Longer Path to Athens

One of the 30 players Georgia signed earlier this year won't be there this fall.

ATHENS - Gary McCrae was at Georgia’s spring game on Saturday, but his arrival in Athens to join the Bulldogs will be delayed.

The 2015 four-star outside linebacker signee from Randolph-Clay High in Cuthbert is already at East Mississippi Community College, his mother Melodie confirmed Thursday.

McCrae is hoping to be academically qualified to enroll at Georgia by May, 2016.

Georgia coaches helped place McCrae at junior college where he can work on his academics and receive tutoring.

“We felt it would be a good thing,” his mother said.

McCrae also had shoulder surgery on Feb. 23 and is rehabbing in Mississippi.

Georgia signed 30 players in this class and also is expecting inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who signed a financial aid agreement, to enroll this summer.

This and that

The offense has a lot of learning going on with “moving parts,” under new coordinator Brian Schottenehimer, Richt said, but once “we hone it in to getting one unit ready to play, I think it’ll all come together better,” he said.

Richt said he told the entire team it got better this spring, “but we’ve got a long way to go.”

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie’s hamstring injury from G-Day “is just a typical hamstring,” Richt said. “You’ve got to rehab and just not get back too fast. Now’s probably the best time of the year to deal with a hamstring.” McKenzie should be fine by June. That’s when outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Davin Bellamy are expected to be able to fully return from surgeries. 

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