Chris Stephens

Will Herschel Walker's Nephew Ditch Clemson?

Created on Jun. 01, 2013 10:18 PM EST

When Milan Richard committed to Clemson, many wondered why he didn't commit to Georgia, where his uncle Herschel Walker was a star running back.

Richard said UGA was only taking one tight end this go-around, and that spot went to Jeb Blazevich from Charlotte, N.C.

However, with the recent announcement that tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith was transferring, likely to a junior college, does that open a spot for Richard to now de-commit from Clemson and commit to the Bulldogs?

A Little Backstory

A player transferring out usually is not big news, but a little more information came to light recently when it was announced Josh Harvey-Clemons would miss the first game of the season due to a suspension.

Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found an extra reason as to why Flournoy-Smith is transferring.

Harvey-Clemons, a rising sophomore from Valdosta, was implicated in an incident involving the use of marijuana in a UGA dorm room on May 15. Also involved in that incident was teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith, a sophomore tight end from Moultrie. Flournoy-Smith, who was also arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor charge in February, was advised last week by coach Mark Richt to transfer to a junior college.

That leaves Georgia with Arthur Lynch graduating after this season, and Jay Rome, Jordan Davis and Blazevich beginning in 2014.

The Possibility

Georgia head coach Mark Richt didn't close the door on the Bulldogs possibly going after another tight end.

"I’m really not sure. I don’t want to say we’re set, but I don’t want to say we’re not. ... We had our target (number). We basically hit it, and now with this changing, I’m just not sure yet."

From his interview with Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there was obvious disappointment with Richard as it looked as if Georgia was where he wanted to go.

"It’s nothing bad against Georgia but they’re only taking one kid (at tight end). So that door has closed."

Now, with the door possibly re-opening, it will be interesting to see if Richard is offered a scholarship to Georgia, and he'd de-commit from Clemson.

While he wouldn't have to worry about being compared to his uncle if he goes to Clemson, the chance to put on the same uniform as Walker has to be in the back of his mind.

Here's to the next eight months of Richard trying to figure things out.

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