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:
Safety Shaquille Fluker confirms he is transferring from Georgia's team and looking for a new school next semester.— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) December 17, 2013
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.
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.”
UGA has now released a statement from Mark Richt on Fluker's transfer: "Many times transferring to another school is for the best and ...— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) December 17, 2013
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.
It is unclear where Fluker intends to transfer, though he told Estes that he believes he is a Division I talent.