UGA football picks up West Virginia safety Tykee Smith as transfer to bolster secondary

Marc Weiszer
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Sep 26, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Dillon Stoner (17) reaches for a pass while defended by West Virginia Mountaineers punter Tykee Smith (23) during the first half  at Boone Pickens Stadium. Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia safety Tykee Smith is reuniting with his former position coach and bolstering the Bulldogs secondary in the process.

The third-team Associated Press All-American tweeted Sunday night that he’s transferring to Georgia. The school officially announced the addition as well.

"Glad to be apart of the family," Smith tweeted.

The two-year starter for the Mountaineers had 61 tackles and two interceptions last season with 7 passed defended for then West Virginia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae who was hired on Kirby Smart's staff this winter.

The 5-foot-10, 198-pound sophomore from Philadelphia started 17 games over two seasons and was a freshman All-American in 2019 when he had 53 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown.

Georgia could use experienced help in the secondary after losing both of its starting corners in Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell, starting safety Richard LeCounte, nickel back Mark Webb and transfer Tyrique Stevenson.

Addae talked about Smith’s versatility to West Virginia’s athletics website in October.

"He does just about everything you can ask a defensive back to do, whether it be blitz, cover in man coverage or underneath zone coverage, he's asked to do quite a bit here and does an elite job at it,” he said. “He really does.”

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