offensive lineman Amarius Mims to withdraw from portal, stay with Bulldogs

On April 10, Georgia offensive lineman Amarius Mims entered the transfer portal. Eight days later, the former five-star recruit has decided he’s not done with the Bulldogs.

Dawgs247 learned Monday that Mims will withdraw from the transfer portal and instead stay at Georgia. The former five-star recruit visited Florida State on Wednesday as he weighed his options.

The decision by the 6-foot-7, 330-pound rising sophomore is a worthwhile one for Georgia given his talent and potential.

Mims was a highly-decorated recruit from Bleckley County High School who committed to Georgia in October 2020 and signed that December. He played in the 2021 Under Armor All-American Game and was a 2020 USA Today preseason first team All-USA selection, a 2020 MaxPreps preseason first team All-American, and a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 for the state of Georgia.

Mims was considered Georgia’s top signee in the 2021 class and the eighth overall recruit in the entire 2021 class.

Mims enrolled early at Georgia in January 2021 as one of 16 early enrollees for the Bulldogs that winter.

Mims saw his first collegiate action in Georgia’s second game last season against UAB. By season’s end, he had appeared in eight games.

Mims received some reps at offensive tackle this spring but was not in a position to start thanks to broderick jones and Warren McClendon effectively locking down the two starting jobs. Mims’ most likely path to starting would have been at guard, though missed practices due to an undisclosed injury opened the door for Xavier Truss and Devin Willock at those positions.

georgia center Sedrick Van Pran spoke positively about Mims’ growth back on March 17.

“Great talent, young guy. He has some game experience, so we’re looking forward to seeing him take the next step,” Van Pran said. “I think he’s going to be fine though, honestly, just watching him and how he practices and just honestly watching how he works. It’s a thing of beauty, so I’m looking forward to how he takes the next step, because he’s a generational talent, in my opinion.”

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart mentioned Mims on April 5 as being one of the offensive linemen who have made strides this spring.

We look at the offensive line, and I’m like, ‘Man! Look how far Amarius Mims has come. Man! Look how far this guy’s grown and gotten better, Devin Willock,’” Smart said. “I want to see the players improve and not just gel, improve your fundamentals and get better so our team can be better. We have some guys that are getting better. I’m excited about that.”

With Mims not available, Georgia’s first-team offensive line at Saturday’s G-Day consisted of Jones at left tackle, Truss at left guard, Van Pran at center, Willock at right guard and McClendon at right tackle. The second-team offensive line was left tackle Earnest Greeneleft guard micah morriscenter Jared Wilson, right guard Dylan Fairchild and right tackle austin blaske.

With Mims staying, Georgia has 18 scholarship offensive linemen still on the roster.

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