RB Jahmyr Gibbs enters football transfer portal after breakout season at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who finished third in the nation in all-purpose yards, announced plans on Monday to enter the transfer portal.

Gibbs made the announcement on his Twitter account.

"After a long and hard process and talks with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal," Gibbs wrote, adding, "I have loved my time here at Georgia Tech."

Gibbs said he has made "lifelong friends" with teammates and coaches, including running backs coach Tashard Choice. "Thank y'all for believing in me and showing me nothing but love through the good and bad times."

Gibbs also thanked Georgia Tech fans for their support, making the announcement two days after Georgia Tech completed a 3-9 season with a 45-0 loss to No. 1 Georgia. Gibbs ran for only 1 yard on two carries before suffering an undisclosed injury that prevented him from returning in the second half.

Georgia Tech finished with six consecutive defeats, including back-to-back losses to No. 6 Notre Dame and Georgia by a combined 100-0 margin.

He ran for 746 yards with four touchdowns in 2021, his second season. He added 465 yards receiving and 589 yards on kick returns for 1,800 all-purpose yards.

Gibbs rushed for a season-high 132 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a 48-40 loss to Virginia on Oct. 23.

Gibbs' decision comes one day after third-year coach Geoff Collins announced the firings of three assistants: offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Nathan Burton and cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich.

In the most recent Class of 2022 rankings, published by ESPN on Nov. 10, the Yellow Jackets were not in the Top 40.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.