Another Ole Miss player has landed at a new home after deciding to transfer following the 2017 football season.
Georgia Tech announced Tuesday that it has added former Rebels offensive lineman Jack DeFoor to the Yellow Jackets’ roster for 2018. Per the school’s official release, “Georgia Tech is exploring the option of applying for a waiver from the NCAA that would make him eligible to participate in games immediately.”
If the waiver is not pursued and granted, NCAA rules would dictate that DeFoor sit out the 2018 season. Because of NCAA violations by Ole Miss, Rebels players with only one year of eligibility left have been allowed to transfer without sitting out. Players such as DeFoor — and former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, who transferred to Michigan — have to apply for a waiver from the NCAA because they have multiple years of eligibility remaining.
“Jack is a young man with good size, quickness and can do some of the things that we want to do on the offensive line,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said via the release. “He is also an excellent student and a local product that we recruited out of Calhoun who had an interest in coming back closer to home, so it’s a good fit for us. We’re excited to have him in our program.”
DeFoor, who played his prep ball at Calhoun High (Ga.), signed with Hugh Freeze’s Rebels during the 2016 signing class and played in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2017. He is expected to join the Yellow Jackets for spring practice activities and has enrolled at Georgia Tech for the spring semester. He has three years of eligibility remaining.