It was a rather eventful 24 month cycle for a certain Arik Gilbert. As of March 2020, Gilbert had only been two months as the LSU Tiger, getting used to their system and preparing for a first season that would see just eight games before stepping away from the Baton Rouge team.
An entry on the NCAA transfer portal, an engagement and disengagement in Florida, and a registration in Georgia bring us to August 2021 when news broke that Gilbert would be stepping away from the team for “personal business”, such as this was said in a press release from head coach Kirby Smart.
The moms talked about Gilbert until January 2022, after a national title — the first in 41 years — when sources said he was back on campus and working with the team again.
Now, with most of the Georgia Football schedule enjoying some time off over spring break ahead of a month-long spring training slate, Gilbert is back where things started, training with former Georgia Bulldog legend, Terrence Edwards.
The Marietta, Georgia native played eight games as a true freshman in Baton Rouge before retiring from the last two contests. Over those eight games, Gilbert recorded 368 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions, showing the potential to be the all-around playmaker many envisioned coming out of high school.
Initial reports indicated that Gilbert was attending Georgia with the intention of playing more of a wide receiver role, possibly even replacing George Pickens at the “X” position. We have yet to see if that will be the case or if offensive coordinator Todd Monken will use Gilbert more as a Brock Bowers “H” type role.
One thing since Gilbert’s return to campus has become apparent… it’s a mismatch.
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