Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert (2) runs against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia lands LSU transfer TE Arik Gilbert, All-ACC DB

Georgia landed two former five-star recruits and top-notch transfers on Tuesday, tight end Arik Gilbert from LSU and defensive back Derion Kendrick from Clemson.

Gilbert had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman year as a TE in Baton Rouge, La. However, the 6-foot-5 Gilbert says he’ll be part of the wide receiver corps in Athens.

“Being brought in to play wide receiver, I definitely think I can help the team win,” Gilbert told 247Sports. “Nothing is going to be given to me, so I am ready to get there and get to work with the team.”

The Bulldogs lost out on Gilbert, out of Marietta High School, to LSU in the 2020 recruiting cycle.

Kendrick was first team All-ACC defense after the 2020 season. Kendrick started at Clemson as a wide receiver before moving to cornerback in the spring of 2019. Kendrick made 23 starts the past three seasons but was dismissed by Clemson in February.

Kendrick missed multiple games in 2020 for disciplinary reasons. He earned second team All-ACC honors after the 2019 season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers cornerback Derion Kendrick (1) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ex-Clemson CB Derion Kendrick facing gun, drug charges

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick, an All-ACC selection in 2020, was arrested and charged with a gun violation in his native Rock Hill, S.C., multiple outlets reported.

Kendrick, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun after patrol officers spotted him asleep in a car with a gun in his lap, The State reported. He was alone in the car, which police said belonged to his girlfriend.

He also was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, after officers seized a small amount.

Kendrick was a five-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C., in the Class of 2018 but ran into disciplinary issues with the Tigers. He announced in January that he would return for his senior season, which would have meant Clemson had all 11 starters on defense coming back.

Coach Dabo Swinney reportedly dismissed him from the Clemson program last month.

“Really not much to say about that other than he’s not with us anymore, but also to say I love D.K.,” Swinney said in confirming Kendrick’s departure. “Man, he’s a young man that I’ve always loved as a football player. He’s got a really good heart. He’s never been a disrespectful young man or anything like that. Just sometimes there just needs to be a change.”

Kendrick entered the transfer portal March 2 but has not chosen a new school.

He appeared in nine games (eight starts) in 2020 and was credited with 20 tackles (one for loss), six pass breakups, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 382 snaps. He returned the fumble 66 yards for a touchdown at Virginia Tech on Dec. 5.

In 39 career games (23 starts), he made 71 tackles (four for losses) and had 12 pass breakups and three interceptions. He also had 15 career receptions for 210 yards and returned 15 kickoffs an average of 23.3 yards.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers cornerback Derion Kendrick (1) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: All-ACC CB Derion Kendrick off team at Clemson

Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick, an All-ACC selection in 2020, is no longer with the team, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

Clemson247 reported that coach Dabo Swinney dismissed him from the program.

Kendrick was a five-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C., in the Class of 2018 but has run into disciplinary issues. He announced in January that he would return to the Tigers for his senior season, which would have meant Clemson had all 11 starters on defense coming back.

He appeared in nine games (eight starts) in 2020 and was credited with 20 tackles (one for loss), six pass breakups, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 382 snaps. He returned the fumble 66 yards for a touchdown at Virginia Tech on Dec. 5.

In 39 career games (23 starts), he made 71 tackles (four for losses) and had 12 pass breakups and three interceptions. He also had 15 career receptions for 210 yards and returned 15 kickoffs an average of 23.3 yards.

–Field Level Media