ATLANTA (WSB-TV) -- UGA landed one of the nation’s top tight ends on Tuesday.
Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte, N.C., picked the Bulldogs over his other two finalists of Clemson and Ole Miss on Tuesday.
“I would like to go to the University of Georgia and be a Dawg,” Blazevich said on ESPNU.
“Honestly, there are two ways I can answer this. One way, it’s just where God was calling me to go but I know a lot of people won’t understand that. Honestly, I just loved the coaches – Coach Richt and (tight ends coach John Lilly). I love what they’re doing there, and they are having a lot of success.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is the nation’s No. 5 tight end, per 247sports.com’s Composite Rankings (which combines ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247).
Blazevich is commitment No. 4 for UGA’s 2014 recruiting class, and the first from out of state. The state of North Carolina has treated UGA well in the last couple of years. In 2011, UGA lured away the state’s top two running backs, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Here are some opinions on Blazevich:
247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell: “He’s going to fit in well at Georgia. Georgia asks their tight ends to be able to spread out at receiver, and also be able to (come inside) and block the edge. When you look at Jeb, he’s got a big frame on him. He’s hard for a DB to cover because of his big body. He’s a hybrid tight end that can also line up at receiver. Both times when I watched him live, it impressed me that he was a polished route runner and has very big hands.”
UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe: “First of all, Georgia is getting a good football player. He’s a smart football player, he plays hard and he has a great frame. He could develop into a big-time blocker, even though that’s probably what his weakness is right now. The best part of his game is that runs great routes. He was named the top wide receiver at the (Atlanta Nike Camp). It’s tough for a tight end to earn top wide receiver, so that ought to tell you a lot. Jeb has great hands catching the ball and runs great routes.”
On Friday, there could be more big news for UGA with Sony Michel, the nation's No. 2-ranked running back. He's from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and has UGA and Miami among his finalists.