Safety Shaquille Fluker to Transfer from Georgia

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIDecember 17, 2013


The Georgia career for a former junior college standout is coming to an end before it really even started.

Safety Shaquille Fluker, who spent his first season in Athens as a redshirt, will transfer from UGA, as reported by 247Sports' Gentry Estes:


Fluker joined the Bulldogs as a 247Sports composite 3-star and the No. 2 JUCO safety out of East Mississippi Community College.

The Meridian, Miss., native led EMCC to its first ever NJCAA national title in 2011. After a strong junior college career, several top programs, including Texas, Ole Miss and Nebraska, pursued Fluker, before he chose Georgia.

UGA head coach Mark Richt announced that Fluker would redshirt in October, and the JUCO transfer watched from the sideline as the Bulldogs stumbled to an 8-4 regular season.

Estes also detailed the situation surrounding his transferring, including a medical issue Fluker faced:

“It didn’t go how it was supposed to go when they recruited me,” Fluker said.

A 2013 junior college signee who was expected to compete for a starting spot in Georgia’s secondary, Fluker instead was to redshirt and didn’t practice from early October through the end of the year for medical reasons.

He dealt with back spasms at times during the season, but he said he suffered a seizure at one point while in Athens. UGA’s medical staff, according to Fluker, was looking into causes. He maintained that it was simply dehydration.

“I told them (other causes) had nothing to do with it,” Fluker said, “but they think it did.”

According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-HeraldFluker is transferring due to lack of playing time:

Looking at the UGA depth chart, Fluker's transfer is understandable. The Bulldogs list one sophomore and one freshman, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews, as their two starters at safety. 

The Dawgs also have a freshman starting at corner and zero seniors holding starting or second-string roles in the secondary.

They also have a pair of talented defensive backs already verbally committed in the 2014 class. Safety Kendall Gant and corner Malkom Parrish, both composite 4-stars, pledged to UGA over the summer.

It is unclear where Fluker intends to transfer, though he told Estes that he believes he is a Division I talent.