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Friday, December 14, 2012
2014 prospects to watch: TEs

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting class, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers have already gone out to some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.

We are going to take a position-by-position look at a number of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages you may want to add to your favorites. Here is a look at the tight ends Georgia has offered or has on its radar.

Needs: 2, Committed: none

Offers: Georgia has offered two tight ends so far in the Class of 2014. Arthur Lynch will be a senior next season, which leaves Jay Rome and Ty Smith as the only returning tight ends in 2014. Georgia will get some depth chart help from 2013 commit Jordan Davis (Thomson, Ga./Thomson), but that still leaves the Bulldogs thin at the position.

Jeb Blazevich
Jeb Blazevich has his pick of countless FBS programs, including Georgia.
Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian School) -- Blazevich is likely the most coveted tight end in the nation for 2014. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound ESPN Watch List member is a giant mismatch just waiting to happen. His offer from Georgia came early in the recruiting cycle – as did his 19 other offers from top-tier programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Ohio State. On Tuesday, Blazevich tweeted that those five schools and Georgia now constitute his top six choices.

Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist) -- Richard would be welcomed in Athens with open arms simply based on the fact that he is Herschel Walker’s nephew. Often overlooked is the fact that his mother was a track star at Georgia too. But it is not his family ties that make Richard a wanted man in the Classic City. He camped at Georgia twice and was easily one of the more dominant performers at the Mark Richt camp and at Dawg Night, which earned an early offer from Georgia. The ESPN Watch List tight end has other offers from programs such as Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Ole Miss.

Kevin Crosby (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt) -- This ESPN Watch List member has an offer list that reads like a who’s who of the top programs in the nation. Crosby has 35 offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, LSU, Clemson and South Carolina, among others. He camped at Alabama over the summer and visited Georgia in May -- where he did not receive an offer despite saying he really wanted one. The 6-2, 230-pound athlete has also played linebacker, but now appears to be set to play tight end in college.

Cole Cook (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) -- Another towering tight end, Cook has no offers yet, but the 6-6, 230-pound junior is worth keeping an eye on. He is quite the Tennessee legacy. His mother was the starting center on two of Pat Summit’s national championship women's basketball teams at Tennessee. Cook also had an uncle that played defensive end for the Volunteers. Cook played at left tackle last season but will move to tight end and standup defensive end next season. Virginia, Mississippi State and Boston College have been by to see him.

Chris Laye (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) -- A tall 6-5, 240-pound tight end, Laye has offers from Virginia, Vanderbilt and Boston College. He likes Virginia the most right now but an offer from Stanford could change everything. He is also looking for a Tennessee offer. Laye will get to test himself against the best defenders in the Peach State at the end of December as he plays in the Rising Seniors Bowl alongside Richard and Cook.