The Southeastern Conference’s leading tackler, Ramik Wilson, said he hasn’t asked for a projection from the NFL draft underclassmen advisory committee, but the junior hasn’t made up his mind about returning for his final season.
“I don’t know yet,” Wilson said. “I’m still talking it over.”
The first-team All-SEC selection said a big influence will be Kirk Olivadotti, his position coach who worked in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
“He’s like a father figure to me,” said Wilson, who has 128 tackles and four sacks this year in his first season starting. “He’s going to help me make the best decision for me. … He’s been in the NFL for a long time and scouted guys, so he knows. I trust him and me and him will make the right decision.”
If Wilson stays, Georgia could avoid losing any underclassmen to the NFL draft.
“I’m not hearing a lot of buzz about it right now,” head coach Mark Richt said. “I think guys feel like they’ve got more to prove. I’m hearing a good vibe about what the guys feel about the future of next season. …I get a sense that guys really want to have an exceptional year next year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”