Cornerback Brandon Boykin and offensive guard Cordy Glenn, Georgia juniors who had been considering entering the NFL draft, decided to remain with the Bulldogs for their senior seasons.
The official word came Wednesday night in an announcement from UGA, which said there was “not yet” word on whether junior outside linebacker Justin Houston will enter the draft.
The return of Boykin and Glenn is welcomed news for the Bulldogs, though. The two players have a combined 58 games of starting experience over the past three seasons.
“This is exciting news for Georgia and for Brandon and Cordy,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “I think they have both made wise decisions for the right reasons and will be important senior leaders for us this coming year. We’re recruiting 24/7 right now, but these two are a big part of our ‘recruiting class.’”
Boykin and Glenn were among the Georgia players who last month asked the NFL underclassmen advisory board for a projection of their draft stock.
Boykin, from Fayetteville, has played in 39 games, starting 24, in his three seasons at Georgia. He ranks No. 1 in school history in career kickoff return yards with 1,813, including an SEC-record three 100-yard kickoff returns.
Glenn, from Riverdale, has started 34 games for Georgia, including 32 in a row. He is the second Georgia offensive linemen to elect to stay in school after considering the 2011 draft; tackle Trinton Sturdivant last week announced his decision to return for his senior season.
In statements released by UGA, Boykin and Glenn cited their reasons for returning.
“After meeting with my family and coaches, I was able to put a lot of things into perspective,” Boykin said. “First of all, I want to be part of getting Georgia back into the championship hunt. Coming back will also give me a chance to get my degree before entering the draft, and another year of experience will only make me a better player as well.”
Said Glenn: “I want to come back for several reasons, including helping our team get back on track to where we want to be. Coming back will also give me a chance to improve my draft stock and get closer to my degree, which is important to me and my family.”
The NFL’s deadline for eligible underclassmen to enter the draft is Saturday. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, a projected top-five pick, earlier announced that he will forgo his senior season to enter the draft.