Georgia FS Jakar Hamilton transferring; ‘needs fresh start’

ATHENS – Georgia safety Jakar Hamilton is leaving the football program.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior from Johnston, S.C., confirmed that news to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

Hamilton, a former junior college transfer, was sitting out via medical redshirt this season due to a stress fracture in his ankle that developed in preseason camp. Unable to compete while other players have been asserting themselves at his position, Hamilton said he simply read the writing on the wall.

“It’s just personal issues, really,” said Hamilton, who started five games at free safety last season and played in all 13. “I was hurt and wasn’t going to be able to play this season and I just played it all out in my mind. [Bacarri] Rambo is having a good season, Shawn Williams is having a good season and they both have another year. And other guys are coming in.

“I just felt like I needed a new start and start fresh with another team.”

Hamilton said he plans to transfer but at this point does not know where he might end up.

“I’ve got a couple of schools in mind, but I’ve got to talk to my parents and see where I might best fit in. I’m pretty close to graduating so I’m trying to get my degree first and foremost.”

Hamilton said he met with head coach Mark Richt and they mutually agreed this was the best move for him. He was leaving UGA immediately and heading home.

Hamilton insisted that the decision was not prompted by any disciplinary issues.

“No disciplinary problems,” he said. “There have been some occasions that I might have had some attitude issues or whatever. But this really is just a case of me needing a fresh start.”

Hamilton, who starred at Strom Thurmond High School, transferred to Georgia after spending two seasons at Georgia Military College in Milledgille. A junior college All-American, he transferred to Georgia in 2010 and recorded 27 tackles and an interception last season.

247 comments Add your comment

Choke

September 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

D A DoubleU G

September 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

It really is becoming alarming and bothersome as to why UGA cannot keep players in the system. I seldom hear this from other schools in the conference.

But best of luck, in whatever you do, Jakar. Wish you had exhibited the dedication we so sorely need in Athens.

TomInTucker

September 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Hard to imagine “junior vollege” All America leaving.

First too!!!!

TomInTucker

September 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

I was until I didn’t hit send.

D A DoubleU G

September 20th, 2011
2:21 pm

And one more thing Jakar…. when you quote “I am so close to graduating, getting my degree is first and foremost”…… keep in mind that quitting mid-semester so that you can go somewhere else for more playing time is a bit contradictory.

I will consider you a DROP-OUT from here forward.

DawginLex

September 20th, 2011
2:21 pm

The hitman had some bad luck.
Now we are loaded with young studs at his position.

Maybe he could go down to Ga Southern next year and get to play and finish his degree.

Worm

September 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

Good luck..Get your degree.

UGAb2ole

September 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

SMH alot of transfers starting to believe players losing faith in coaching staff

UGAb2ole

September 20th, 2011
2:23 pm

Looks like players losing faith in coaching staff

JMar

September 20th, 2011
2:23 pm

The guy has one more year to play football in his entire life, has some talent, but knows he is going to be a backup. I don’t think there is anything alarming or bothersome about him wanting to make the most of his last year.

so what??

September 20th, 2011
2:23 pm

and he did what for us? he came in with the nickname of “hit man”…..but I never saw him do much of that….

Concrete Pete

September 20th, 2011
2:24 pm

If you dont want to compete with the very best for playing time, then I don’t want you on the field in the 4th qtr. Good luck at North Alabama

so what??

September 20th, 2011
2:26 pm

no one is losing faith…he could clearly see the writing on the wall. there are 3 or 4 players in position now to start over JH. With all of the new talent just coming in, and already a few saftys in position that can clearly out perform him, why would he not transfer?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 20th, 2011
2:27 pm

Actually looks like Richt is getting to be a little bit tougher. The “players coach” moniker may not be so fitting anymore with Richt.

The young man although could have put the team infront of himself, but those days are long gone. The “Hitman” does not have his eye towards a degree, but one rather towards the NFL. Someone should have been in this young mans ear and gave him a dose of humble pie rather than encouraging this type of behavior.

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

Maybe UGA can get out the black helmets. That will pump everybody up, HEY NOW

Bright Idea

September 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

This kid last year had great trouble tackling. After coming in from junior college he could have used a redshirt then but was immediately in the starting lineup. I wish him luck but I have to wonder if football is in his future.

bitter grantham

September 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

two slow-over-rated—-poor grades—-poor attiutude——another–king/eally—-blablabla

————————–last time i check—saban does not keep those that cant perform

Selah

September 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

no big deal—he wasn’t any good anyway.

UGA Advocate

September 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

Good Luck Jakar,
I agree we are looking strong at your position so exiting isn’t a bad move since only one year is left on your eligibility status..
Go Dawgs…lets finish strong!

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:30 pm

What is junior vollege. He must of major in volley ball

The original OLD Greg

September 20th, 2011
2:30 pm

To those of you saying the players have lost faith in the coaching staff, you obviously 1. didn’t read the article and 2. do not follow Georgia football very closely. Safety is probably one of the deepest positions we have and he wouldn’t have much of a chance to come back and get some meaningful playing time next year.

Wish you had lived up to the Hitman but good luck anyway Jakar

Skitty Fritty

September 20th, 2011
2:30 pm

Good Luck, sounds like a good decision to me.

JB

September 20th, 2011
2:32 pm

Good luck to him. At the time, lot’s of schools wanted him and he close UGA. For whatever reason, it didn’t click. Best of luck to him. Please, no hate guys.

Chris-ATL

September 20th, 2011
2:32 pm

Very surprised by the hostility on here towards the young man. Sometimes things don’t work out according to plan and sometimes a change is in the best interest of the player and/or the team. No hard feelings towards someone doing what they feel is right for them. Scholarships are one year commitments and he’s out for the rest of this year. He has no obligation to return for his last season.

JB

September 20th, 2011
2:33 pm

man, s/b chose UGA

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:35 pm

If he would have sucked it up and played maybe he wouldn’t be on the bench. Probably flunked out anyway

put me in coach

September 20th, 2011
2:36 pm

Give us another scholarship to use for O-linemen.

Dawg Tired

September 20th, 2011
2:37 pm

Not finishing the semester out shows very poor judgment. Transfer if you must, but finish the semester. Makes you wonder who is advising these kids. Surely any responsible parent would tell him to finish the semester. Or is this another indication that the education part of the equation is totally unimportant to these kids and their families? Very sad.

VinnyD

September 20th, 2011
2:38 pm

Sure hope he gets that degree and does something positive with it!

Dawg4Ever

September 20th, 2011
2:39 pm

Apparently most of the negative posters on this column cannot read. He said he’s redshirted for all this season, falling behind current players, and that there are others coming in. In other words, he feels like he cannot compete for playing time at UGA and feels he can elsewhere. I don’t read anything else into this, but non-readers do. If you’re not a UGA fan, what are you doing on this column anyway? If you are, you should know how to read. GO ‘DAWGS!

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:40 pm

UGA should hire Bill Curry. He’s doing a bang up at Ga St

Rduck

September 20th, 2011
2:40 pm

wow… the kid is just doing what any of the rest of you guys would want to do in his situation. if you were buried behind other co-workers at your job, would you not start looking for better opportunities? as one poster said, he could have chosen other colleges to go to coming out of JC. but he chose to come and try to help UGA. it didn’t work out for him, so he is going elsewhere to try and get playing time. not a bad decision if you ask me and apparently the UGA staff…

G

September 20th, 2011
2:43 pm

What a loser. Had to go to juco because he could not get in school at South Carolina I believe. Then he talked a big game last pre season. Then we find out he can’t tackle worth a ####. See ya

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:43 pm

Curry could bring them to the dome, the only way the dawgs could get. He also could change the uniforms every week.

secbama

September 20th, 2011
2:43 pm

Headed to Knoxville to play for Dooley.

WDE

September 20th, 2011
2:44 pm

@Dawg4Ever agreed that is how I read the article also.

Tobias Funke

September 20th, 2011
2:45 pm

Lots of haters trolling away on this blawg, posing as Dawg fans. Good luck Jakar. Get your degree!!!

From,

Bulldog Nation.

bye richt

September 20th, 2011
2:46 pm

now lets talk Richt into leaving

so what??

September 20th, 2011
2:46 pm

Dawg4Ever – what he’s showing is the lack of confidence in his abilities to COMPETE for his starting spot. Just because he’s injured doesn’t mean he’s too good to compete for a starting position just like all the other players. oh, and BTW….dawg fan here….and I know how to read…..

Cliff

September 20th, 2011
2:46 pm

Hitman? With all the guys ahead of him, it’s more like the sitman. Amirite?

Wildcat

September 20th, 2011
2:47 pm

The only degree he will get is a can of deodarant

pastorD

September 20th, 2011
2:47 pm

Look’s like more bad attitudes leaving the program! Not a thing wrong with that and especially, not saying this is the fact, but the “I” mentallity we don’t need! It’s suppose to be about a team look at Shawn Williams!

Joey

September 20th, 2011
2:48 pm

He was a great JuCo player, but he got here, and had to learn the 3-4, just like everybody else. Then the injury.

Anyway, good luck Hitman, maybe you wind up someplace close so we can keep an eye on you.

Canecutter

September 20th, 2011
2:48 pm

Why the Haters?
I wish the kid the best in life. Is he hurting the program by leaving? No, so why not wish him the best. The reason is because you could never play at that level yourself. Good luck Jakar and to the remaining Bulldogs.

Dawg Tired

September 20th, 2011
2:49 pm

Read yourself! His decision to transfer is his and his family’s. That’s none of our business. However, this not finishing the semester is plain dumb. Why would you not finish a semester you are 1/3 or more of the way through if getting a degree is important to you?

ol dog

September 20th, 2011
2:50 pm

i wish football fans (especially GA) had a little more class when discussing these young men

bigcalidawg

September 20th, 2011
2:51 pm

I wonder if him being injured, dropping-out during the season, or not completing thes semester (and perhaps graduating) could impact his ability to transfer to another d-1 school?

Seems to me his best bet would have been to graduate, then request a transfer to a D-1 school, ala Jeremiah Masoli, Logan Gray, etc….or maybe he would have graduated after the season was over, rendering him ineligible……..oh well…..

He seems like a good kid. The fact he articulated that he could have had some attitude issues in the past speaks well of his heart. I hope he does well and is able to perform at a higher level than what he was able to realize while with us.

Good luck Hit Man

WnE

September 20th, 2011
2:52 pm

Young man is getting some bad advice.

If you’re going to transfer, then you stay in school, Graduate, and then you can transfer to a D1-A program and cherry-pick which situation fits you best (i.e. Playing Time) like Russell Wilson did when he left NC State and is now starting at Wisconsin.

Leaving mis-semester does nothing for this young other than force him to drop down and play at the D1-AA level.

Wow

September 20th, 2011
2:52 pm

@D A DoubleU G – not too bright are you? You do know leaving the FOOTBALL PROGRAM isn’t the same thing as leaving school right? So before you blast the kid try learning how to read!!!

ol dog

September 20th, 2011
2:53 pm

That goes for the coaches also. I have been a bulldog fan for 65 years, but sometimes I am ashamed to admit it.