ATHENS - Paris Bostick's career at Georgia is ending before he even takes the field.
Bostick, who redshirted last season after toe surgery, is transferring in what head coach Mark Richt called a "mutual" decision.
"After discussing the situation with Paris, we mutually agreed this is a good decision," Richt said in a statement. "He has a positive future in football and we wish him all the best in attaining his goals in football and in education."
Bostick, a native of Tampa, Fla., initially came to Georgia as a safety but was moved to inside linebacker midway through last season. He had toe surgery last summer, and it was agreed before the season that he would redshirt.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said he didn't speak to Bostick about his decision, but understood it came down to playing time.
"Obviously he was concerned about playing time," Pruitt said. "Paris didn't do anything but work hard while he was here. He went to class, done everything we've asked of him. He just wanted to find a different place."
When inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler was asked about Bostick after Tuesday's practice, Ekeler just said Bostick "hasn't been out there" because of injury, and left it at that. Georgia has five inside linebackers on scholarship right now: Starters Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson, and rising sophomores Tim Kimbrough, Reggie Carter and Ryne Rankin. Walk-on Kosta Vavlas, a special teams standout, also works at inside linebacker.
Bostick was a three-star recruit last year out of Tampa's Plant High, the alma mater of Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.