As it happens, Louisville’s hiring of a new defensive coordinator may have also played a role in the football program landing a very talented — and troubled — transfer.
While nothing is official, the grandfather of Josh Harvey-Clemons told 247Sports.com Wednesday that his grandson is “planning on attending Louisville” after the school “made him an offer.” It was announced nearly two months ago that the defensive back had been dismissed by Georgia following multiple issues and a handful of suspensions.
In mid-January, and amidst rumors that he had been dismissed, it was announced that Harvey-Clemons had been suspended for the first three games of the 2014 season. While the stated reason was again the standard team rules violations, it was subsequently reported that the defensive back had twice violated the school’s drug policy, triggering the automatic suspension.
Prior to the Gator Bowl, head coach Mark Richt confirmed in late December of last year that Harvey-Clemons had been suspended for the postseason game. Additionally, Harvey-Clemons was suspended for the 2013 opener following a marijuana-related incident in the offseason.
When not receiving his mail in Richt’s doghouse, Harvey-Clemons was one of the Bulldogs’ top players on the defensive side of the ball, finishing the 2013 season third in tackles. Harvey-Clemons was a heralded five-star member of UGA’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No.2 athlete and the No. 31 player at any position in the country.
With the Cardinals, Harvey-Clemons will be reunited with Todd Grantham. For his brief but turbulent two seasons with the Bulldogs, Harvey-Clemons had Grantham as his coordinator. In January of this year, it was confirmed that Grantham was leaving his post at UGA for the same job at the UofL.