Georgia was able to pry tight end Eli Wolf away from their SEC rival Tennessee via the transfer portal earlier this year. After some silence as to why he was staying in the conference, Wolf has decided to tell his story.
In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Wolf revealed that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart personally reached out to him when he entered the portal. He told the publication that most of the calls he received were not from head coaches.
“Coach Smart was actually one of the first people to get a hold of me… That was very humbling and awesome. A couple of weeks after that I was sure this was the place I was going to go.”
Wolf said he realized that the tight end position was “a position of need” and felt that he would be able to contribute.
“Realistically, there was a position of need,” Wolf said. “Charlie and (John) FitzPatrick are both great tight ends. I felt like I could help the team along with those guys.”
Coming out of high school in 2015, Wolf was only considered a two-star prospect, but worked his way into the Tennessee lineup as a walk-on.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2017, Wolf finally saw significant playing time. He had three catches for 48 yards in three games that year.
Last year, Wolf had five catches for 30 yards and his first-ever touchdown.
If Wolf wants to make his former team pay for not giving him more time on the field, he’ll get his chance on October 5.