Georgia will apparently have a place-kicker on scholarship in 2017. But there is a good chance it won't count toward this year's scholarship count due to a specific NCAA rule.
David Marvin, who has spent his previous collegiate years at Wofford, announced he has accepted a scholarship to attend Georgia as a graduate transfer. He said he will have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Marvin told The Telegraph he will eligible in 2017 with a blueshirt. While the redshirt and grayshirt terms are used frequently in college football, the blueshirt term isn't as common. A prospect receiving a blueshirt may be on scholarship and not count toward the final total as long as the player wasn't determined to be recruited according to NCAA standards. Basically, a player shows up technically as a walk-on but earns a scholarship at the end of preseason practice. Then the scholarship is applied toward the following year's class.
Therefore, Marvin's scholarship may not count toward the 2017 class.
Marvin has some impressive statistics to his name. He made 17 of 23 field-goal attempts in 2016 with a long of 57 yards, which he hit twice during the season. In fact, Marvin hit five of seven field goals of over 50 yards. He's also a punter, who hit a long of 67 yards during the 2016 season.
Marvin hit 37 touchbacks and made 41 of 42 extra points during his final season at Wofford.
Marvin will seemingly compete with place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, who started Georgia's final 10 games and went 14-of-18 on field goals.
Georgia has done its part to try and add competition to its specialist positions. The Bulldogs are bringing in preferred walk-on Cameron Nizialek, a graduate transfer from Columbia, who will compete at punter with Marshall Long and Brice Ramsey.
The Bulldogs also accepted a preferred walk-on spot from incoming freshman Brooks Buce, who made 12 of 20 field goals as a high school senior at Greater Atlanta Christian, and also recorded 75 touchbacks.