Todd Grantham considered Josh Harvey-Clemons to be a linchpin of his defense last year at Georgia. Now the two are set to reunite at Louisville.
Harvey-Clemons, dismissed from Georgia in February, plans to transfer to Louisville, the web site InsideTheVille.com reported on Wednesday night.
Grantham left Georgia to take over Louisville's defense in January.
“He wants to stick with Coach Grantham and his defensive system,” Woodrow Clemons, the player's grandfather, told InsideTheVille.com. “That Star position that he’s able to play safety and outside linebacker and cover the back coming out or able to rush the quarterback. We kind of like that.”
Clemons said he and his grandson were visiting Louisville on Wednesday, and the Cardinals had made him an offer. Harvey-Clemons will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season, as mandated by NCAA rules.
Harvey-Clemons was Georgia's third-leading tackler last season, alternating between the star and strong safety. But he was suspended for the first and final games, each for violations of UGA's student-athlete drug code. He was finally dismissed in February for reasons that were never specified.
Georgia and Louisville once had a series planned for 2011-12, but Georgia canceled it in order to play Boise State. At the time Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich said he hoped to set up a new series with Georgia.
But that is very unlikely.
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who was Harvey-Clemons' classmate at Georgia, said he was surprised to see his ex-teammate hook up with his ex-coach. Jenkins found out when Georgia teammate Shaq Wiggins' retweeted the news.
"I laughed a little. That's good for Josh, to be back with coach Grantham," Jenkins said. "I hope he's learned from his mistakes. But I was glad to see he didn't do what athletes do when they get fired, just quit there and go back to doing nothing at home. I was glad to see him go back. It's pretty cool to think he's gonna be back with coach Grantham."