LSU TE Arik Gilbert transfers to UGA

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Former five-star tight end recruit Arik Gilbert entered the transfer portal after one season at LSU. Now, Gilbert is transferring to the University of Georgia. Gilbert announced his first destination, the University of Florida, on Jan. 31, but he later decommitted from the Gators.

Arik Gilbert was rated as the No. 1 tight end in the country in the class of 2020. The Marietta High School star was rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the country.

In 2020, Gilbert caught 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns in eight games for the LSU Tigers. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end has the ability to line up as a wide receiver. He will help absorb some of the receptions lost from George Pickens, who tore his ACL this offseason.

Darnell Washington returns for his sophomore season, John Fitzpatrick is returning for his senior season, and Georgia signed four-star Brock Bowers as a piece of the 2021 recruiting class.

Arik Gilbert was additionally considering transferring to the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert (2) runs against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports