GSU picks up former Kentucky defensive end

Former Kentucky defensive lineman Nermin Delic has signed a letter of intent with Georgia State. He said he will enroll for the summer semester.

Delic, from Tunnel Hill where he was a standout at Northwest Whitfield, said Georgia State was the only school he visited.

The 6-4, 265-pound Delic was attracted by coach Bill Curry, the bond he made with Anthony Midget and the defensive staff, the move to the FBS-level Sun Belt Conference and the fact that two of his former teammates, Donald Russell and Alex Smith, are on the team. He said he spoke to Smith before he made his decision, and that Russell showed him around the campus during his visit.

“I know Georgia State is pretty young football wise,” he said. “I ‘d like to become part of that, building up that program.”

Delic, whose family moved from Bosnia to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, was rated by ESPN as one of the better tight ends in the country, He originally committed to Maryland, but signed with Kentucky because it was reported that he wanted to be closer to home. He earned playing time for the Wildcats in 2010 on the defensive line, which is where he will play for Georgia State. He played in eight games for the Wildcats, with five tackles and a sack.

Delic didn’t play in 2011 after undergoing three surgeries: double groin surgery, a blood clot in his right shoulder and the removal of the first rib to prevent further blood clots. He was released from Kentucky in April after violating team rules.

“I had a lot of complications in my life,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what I needed to. I’m ready to make the best of the situation.”

He said those complications have been resolved.

Panthertalk.com first reported on Delic’s commitment.

Delic was a first-team all-state defensive lineman in Class AAAA, named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

27 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

May 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

What is the reason for him switching from a tight end to a defensive lineman?

glsjunior

May 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

Great pickup…we needed some more beef up front.

Atlanta Mafia

May 16th, 2012
5:33 pm

Hope that he stays out of “trouble” at GSU

Doug Roberson

May 16th, 2012
5:33 pm

he played both in high school. From what I remember Alex Smith saying when he transferred, Kentucky was very deep at tight end.

zgoldatl

May 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

Great to pull in transfers that played and practiced in the SEC. Good newskeeps on coming. Looking forward to the season

Matt

May 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

Awesome acquisition so long as he stays out of trouble. We don’t need another Dexter Moody on the team.

Sluggo

May 16th, 2012
8:28 pm

Welcome, Mr. Delic! Excited to have you.

Alum

May 16th, 2012
9:00 pm

Delic didn’t play in 2011 after undergoing three surgeries: double groin surgery, a blood clot in his right shoulder and the removal of the first rib to prevent further blood clots. He was released from Kentucky in April after violating team rules.

Welcome to GSU…. Are you sure you want to play football?

Panama

May 16th, 2012
9:45 pm

Welcome to Panther Family

GSU Bleed Blue

May 17th, 2012
10:25 am

Great write up Doug

Panther08

May 17th, 2012
11:18 am

This is great! I’m hoping more defensive line help is on the way

Donor

May 17th, 2012
11:15 pm

FIRE LEVICK NOW!

Bos

May 18th, 2012
12:21 am

Does he have to sit out a year? What is the rule?

Panther08

May 18th, 2012
11:25 am

@Bos We are still FCS so he will automatically be eligible to play this year.

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 18th, 2012
3:27 pm

Welcome Mr. Delic, You can make a big time contribution to this team because we need good defensive linemen in a bad way. Hope you are ready and able! Best of Luck and we’ll be cheering you and the PANTHERS on in 2012.

[...] Doug Roberson of the AJC had a chance to catch up with Kentucky DL transfer Nermin Delic and discuss his decision to transfer to GSU. [...]

Donor

May 19th, 2012
11:02 pm

Mr. Becker – Please get a clue and FIRE LEVICK!

Honest Ingine

May 20th, 2012
9:04 am

265 is not much for a defensive lineman… needs to gain 20+ lbs.. to have an impact in the Sun Belt…what is his time in the 40?

Hurt Park

May 20th, 2012
6:39 pm

Maybe GSU
can upset Tennessee like Kentucky did last year.

sad

May 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

Enter your comments here

sad

May 20th, 2012
11:36 pm

Must suck to know with all your b.s. about “media market” you just got beat by ODU again….. have fun in the suck belt while we play in a bcs conf…….hahahaha

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

May 21st, 2012
8:04 am

We’d rather be stuck in the Sun Belt than stuck living in the state of Virginia.

sad

May 21st, 2012
10:10 pm

Ohhhh burn! What a joke…. ga st cant beat us on the field and now we get into a better conf than you and we dont have “the dome” or the “media market” cant wait for you guys to get waxed in the caa this year and again next year in the suckbelt.

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

May 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

We’re amused that someone with your level of success makes time to troll our blogs. It looks like ODU is superior at Internet bullying too. Great job.

sad

May 22nd, 2012
7:00 pm

I am here because of all the B.S. that comes out of ga st fans arrogant mouths….. good job moving up in football… just barely above the CAA and SOCON. Great job at dropping about 3 levels in a basketball conf….. so again good luck in the SUCKBELT

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

May 23rd, 2012
7:45 am

For a guy who doesn’t have a lot of time to bother with lowly GSU, you, um … have a lot of time to bother with lowly GSU.

We’re flattered that someone from a big boy conference still thinks about us little guys. Really, I mean it.

Paddy

May 23rd, 2012
10:27 am

Cheryl………stuck in living in Virginia? My guess you have never visited that state or you would never make that comment Do you have something against the capital of the CSA?