Last season, Michigan with Jake Butt, Ian Bunting, Tyrone Wheatley Jr, Devin Asiasi and a group of freshmen had the best Tight Ends on one team.
This season, like last year, the Georgia Bulldogs are just loaded at Tight End. I had Georgia picked only behind the Michigan Wolverines last season as far as having the most quality Tight Ends.
Isaac Nauta came in last year from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Originally from Buford, Georgia, the 6-4, 245 Nauta was the top ranked Tight End in the country and went home when he signed with the Bulldogs. Nauta was an early enrollee and practiced with the team in the Spring of 2016 and his talent was obvious early on. As the football season got started, Nauta found himself in the starting lineup and with a predominately running offense, you know he can block. But, Nauta may be even better as a pass receiver and he was third on the team in receptions with 29. His catches totaled 361 yards and 3 Touchdowns.
The Georgia Bulldogs benefitted greatly by the 2014 recruiting class with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel playing 4 years in Athens. But, a surprise in that class was Tight End Jeb Blazevich. Although, Blazevich should not have been a surprise because he was the 2nd ranked Tight End in his class from Charlotte, North Carolina. Blazevich just came in during the 2014 season and played like a veteran. The 6-5, 245 Blazevich came in and caught 18 passes as a freshman. He followed that up with 15 receptions as a sophomore in 2015. With the Bulldogs landing Isaac Nauta, Blazevich’s numbers dropped dramatically in 2016 and he only caught 6 passes all year. But, like Nauta, Blazevich would not even be in the lineup if he was not a dependable blocker.
Following recruiting as I do, I thought Charlie Woerner’s high school highlights were about as good as anyone’s. I was so impressed with his speed and athletic ability for his size that I devoted a full blog to it: Charlie Woerner Georgia
Woerner has Bulldog blood running through his veins because he is the nephew of former Georgia All American Defensive Back, Scott Woerner. Coming in with the recruiting class of 2015, Woerner redshirted as a true freshman and then played in Kirby Smart’s first year, backing up Nauta and Blazevich. In limited opportunities Woerner caught 5 passes in 2016, but he could play for most anybody.
At 6-6, 250, Jackson Harris was the 5th rated Tight End in the 2015 recruiting class. A great blocker, Harris has started a few games while at Georgia. But, he hasn’t had the ball thrown to him very often. As a true freshman in 2015, Harris caught 4 passes for 50 yards. The Columbia, Tennessee native caught only one pass in 2016 with Nauta, Blazevich and Woerner also playing Tight End. Harris was very productive in the Spring practices of 2016 and it was thought he would have a
break out year in 2016.
All four of the listed Tight Ends above could play for just about anybody.
Jordan Davis came to Athens from Thomson, Georgia and he redshirted as a freshman in 2013. He was not as highly recruited as some others and was listed as a 3 star recruit and one of the top 20 Tight Ends in the country that season. Davis only has 4 receptions during his three years at Georgia and the senior to be in 2017 has little hope of more playing time in 2017 with such talent on campus.
Miles McGinty is a 6-3, 220 walk-on transfer from Kennesaw State who has 2 brothers at Georgia and he decided to join them. He played high school football in Savanna, Georgia and a program can’t have enough good walk-on players to help with practice.
Lucas Stone is from Independence, Kentucky and transferred from Moorehead State.
Another quality walk-on is Justin Hurston, who is a 6-4, 220 Tight End from Stockbridge, Georgia. Hurston redshirted last season, so he has plenty of time to bulk up and contribute at Tight End for the Bulldogs.
Besides Running Back with Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield, Tight End is the deepest position on the team and definitely a strength. I don’t know of any team in the country with more quality players than Georgia does at Tight End. If head coach Kirby Smart could somehow make every position on the team as deep as the Tight Ends, he would win a national championship. Georgia has not won a championship since Herschel Walker’sa freshman season in 1980.
It’s time for another, but there is still work to be done.