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Former Alabama offensive tackle Damieon George entered the transfer portal this past month looking for a new home, and he’s found one.
George, a fringe three/four star prospect coming out of high school, has committed to the Florida Gators. As we have mentioned before, it all starts up front at the line of scrimmage in the SEC. Billy Napier knows this, and he’s addressing it.
Damieon George is no stranger to the bright lights, as he committed to Nick Saban and Alabama back in 2020 out of the talent-rich area of Houston, TX (North Shore HS). George found himself in very limited action this past year with the Tide, appearing in only two games. However, he played in every contest back in 2021 as the Tide not only won the SEC Championship but played for a National Championship before falling to Georgia in a rematch.
Though he played very little this past season, Damieon George showed he had great size and potential at Alabama. The 6′-7″ 347 pounder has a skillset that offensive line coaches Rob Sale and Darnell Stapleton can look forward to using, as they are, of course, in need of a starting offensive tackle. George might be a good pick to play opposite Austin Barber and replace transfer Michael Tarquin and NFL bound Richard Gouraige.
For Napier, this is merely his latest result in his attack on the transfer portal. Earlier this month, he brought in Baylor transfer Micah Mazzccua to play offensive guard.
With the addition of Damieon George, the Gators appear to have pieced together a real offensive line. With George starting at right tackle, Mazzccua at right guard, veteran Kingsley Eguakun at center, rising sophomore Kam Waites at left guard and finally breakout freshman star Austin Barber covering Graham Mertz’s blindside, Florida’s o-line appears to be set.
Obviously, this is all just projecting, but if this projection holds, it would be a line full of size, strength and… dare I say… experience. With this offensive line, two stars in the making, Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne running the ball, the pressure for transfer Graham Mertz goes down in a season where Billy Napier needs to show progress.