Georgia has long been known around the country as RBU. The amount of legendary talent that has filtered it’s way through Athens in the backfield is truly astonishing. Recently, in the past decade or so, there has been an emergence in the reputation of Georgia to put out linebackers that produce at an incredibly high level in the pros. Roquan Smith, Leonard Floyd, Natrez Patrick, Tae Crowder, Thomas Davis and more have all played at NFL superlative levels in the last 5 years alone. Now there is a new position that Georgia is becoming known for. Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Todd Hartley, Athens, Georgia, is quickly becoming the premier destination for freakishly talented tight ends. Georgia is becoming TEU.
Coach Todd Hartley has recruited his tail off since he came to Georgia. Not only has Hartley landed Darnell Washington and Brock Bowers as their primary recruiter in back to back classes, but Hartley has also been key in several other commitments for Georgia out of the state of Florida and otherwise. The connections that Hartley built down in the Sunshine State during his time at Miami have proven key. Despite not having factored in on the QB1 situation yet for Georgia, Carson Beck was a commit that Todd Hartley secured for Georgia. That was a very important commitment for the 2020 class, because Carson Beck did a tremendous job recruiting for Georgia in his own right during that recruiting cycle.
South Carolina’s new head coach Shane Beamer helped to get the ball rolling at Georgia at the Tight End position. Beamer during his time with Georgia football brought in fan favorite and UGA legacy Charlie Woerner, who is now doing well in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. Also, Beamer is responsible for John FitzPatrick becoming a Dawg. FitzPatrick had a nice year for Georgia in the 2020 season and will be part of a 3 headed monster of talent at the position in 2021. FitzPatrick, Darnell Washington, and Brock Bowers average a height of over 6’5″ and a weight of 246 pounds. Oh, and they can all run like big, long-striding gazelles and have nice hands as well. FitzPatrick and Washington also proved to be quite the tandem blocking in the run game in 2020. Brock Bowers has the talent as a receiver to play early for Georgia and as he develops even more in the strength and conditioning program, there is no doubt that he’ll be proficient as a run blocker also.
Todd Hartley already has his eyes on the next couple of studs at tight end. Once again, Hartley’s Florida connections have paid off with a commitment from South Walton’s Pearce Spurlin in the class of 2023. Spurlin is formerly of Walton High School in Marrietta, Georgia, but he really exploded when he moved down to Florida for his sophomore season. Hartley was instrumental in getting the early pledge for the 6’6″ 2-sport star. Of course, if you follow Georgia recruiting at all, you also know the name Oscar Delp. Delp is the tight end that Georgia most covets in the class of 2022. There still appears to be a ways to go in Delp’s recruitment as the West Forsyth Wolverine out of Cumming, Georgia, just dropped his Top 13 schools yesterday. However, if the past 2 recruiting cycles are any indication of future results, I’d best on Delp becoming a Dawg before all is said and done. Todd Hartley has done a great job communicating to these elite prospects the change that is coming in Georgia’s offense and toward the end of the 2020 season, with Todd Monken calling the shots and JT Daniels established as the quarterback, that change started coming to fruition and gave Hartley even more ammo in his recruiting arsenal. Georgia is quickly becoming TEU.