JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson has joined several other of Georgia's draft-eligible juniors in confirming that he'll return for his senior season.
"Yeah, I'm coming back," Wilson said prior to Saturday's practice at Jacksonville University. "It was just nice to think about. I'm blessed to have the opportunity. I was just enjoying the moment, like 'The dream is coming true. I have a chance to get drafted and all that.' But school is more important. I need my degree at the end of the day."
Wilson, an All-Conference selection and the SEC's leading tackler with 128 this season, had said previously that he was considering the jump, though several close to him had indicated he was very likely to stay.
"I think it would help Ramik. I think it would help Georgia," UGA coach Mark Richt said. "Ramik had a tremendous year, but I think he knows that he can get better. I think that's a good sign for Georgia."
Linebacker Amarlo Herrera and cornerback Damian Swann have also confirmed plans to return next season. Defensive end Ray Drew has said he would likely return, though he was applying for a projection from the NFL draft advisory board for his own curiosity. Receiver Chris Conley has said he's not thinking about the NFL, and there are strong signs that he will be back as well.
To that end, Richt says he knows of no one on the team seriously considering an early jump to the NFL at this point.
"I've heard nothing that would make me think a guy is real serious about moving on," Richt said Saturday. "I don't see that. I haven't heard that. No one has told me that direct. ... But that doesn't mean it won't happen. I mean, it's happened before where you kind of get surprised by somebody. But if somebody did go, I'd be surprised."
With Wilson and others returning, Georgia looks to have 10 starters back on defense next season.
"We're going to do big things next year," Wilson said. "We've just got to stay together and keep improving. We should win every game next year. There's no doubt in my mind."