Former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton will transfer to Alabama after finishing second on the Bulldogs in receiving yards (and first among wideouts) in 2021, the sophomore announced Sunday evening on Twitter. 

Burton was a key cog during the Bulldogs’ national championship run, catching three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown during the two College Football Playoff games. He finishes his two-year run in Athens with 901 yards receiving, 53 receptions and eight touchdowns.

The Calabasas, California, native was rated the No. 9 overall transfer by the 247Sports Transfer Portal ratings and tied with Oklahoma transfer Mario Williams, now with USC, as the top-rated receiver. Burton is the third transfer among the top 10 prospects to choose Alabama, along with former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks and former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs. 

Here are some a few key takeaways from Burton’s decision to head to Tuscaloosa. 

Breakout opportunity

Georgia won its first national championship since 1980, but the passing game left plenty to be desired for its receivers. Despite finishing second on the team in yards receiving, Burton received just 30 targets, tied with running back James Cook for fourth on the team. For comparison, Alabama receivers Jameson Williams and John Metchie III combined for 243 targets. Five of the seven most targeted players at Georgia averaged a depth of target (ADOT) fewer than 10 yards down the field. Burton’s ADOT was 14.3. 

Put simply, Georgia’s offense hamstrung one of its most dynamic playmakers on the field thanks to its relative inability to get him the ball. Enter Heisman winner Bryce Young at Alabama, who did most of his damage down the field with Williams and Metchie. With both off to the NFL, Burton will…

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