(From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston in Athens:)
Dexter Morant, the freshman linebacker who quit the Georgia football team on Tuesday, rejoined the Bulldogs today.
Coach Mark Richt said Morant called him on Friday and asked if he could return to the team.
Richt said he conferred with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the senior players before agreeing to let Morant return.
Morant participated on a limited basis in today’s practice.
Morant, a 6-foot-7, 240-pounder from Manning, S.C., signed with Georgia in February. He did not practice Monday, the Bulldogs’ first day of preseason camp, and told Richt the next day that he was leaving the team.
But since then, Richt said today, Morant had sent text messages to several players indicating he made a mistake by leaving.
Coming out of high school, Morant was rated the nation’s No. 15 defensive-end prospect by Rivals.com, No. 44 by Scout.com and No. 73 by ESPN.com. He projects as an outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
In other news today, wide receiver Rantavious Wooten has a sprained left knee. Richt said he expects Wooten to be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
For more on Morant’s return and other notes from Saturday’s practice, click here.