Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Watch List TE takes in Georgia
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- ESPN Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) is known for his eloquence and thoughtful answers when discussing his high-profile recruitment. Always respectful and diplomatic, Blazevich responds to inquiries with a skilled precision that any politician would envy. But when asked whether he could sum up his recent visit to Georgia in a hypothetical tweet, Blazevich shifted gears and demonstrated his knack for brevity.
Watch List TE Jeb Blazevich was impressed with UGA players and the stats that coaches presented for him to consider.
“I went to Georgia, got all my questions answered and I like what I heard,” Blazevich said, with 67 characters left.
When asked to give a more detailed summary of his visit, the talented junior graciously obliged.
“I just came down specifically to watch a Georgia practice,” Blazevich said. “I saw a good SEC quality, Division 1 practice. I saw how Coach [John] Lilly got after it but I sort of knew how that would go. I think the biggest thing was that I got to see their offense at work and more importantly I got to meet a couple guys on the team and got a good feel for what that was like.”
“I met all the top performers, from the big boys all the way down to the guys that don’t get as much recognition, and they are all great people,” Blazevich said. “They set me up with Nate Theus and let me see his room. He is a great guy. Gurley was funny. He pretty much said hey and then started making fun of his other teammates.”
The Georgia staff is trying to convince Blazevich to keep the North Carolina pipeline going. The Bulldogs have nabbed several top players from the Tar Heel State in the Mark Richt era, such as Dannell Ellerbe, Daniel Inman and Mohamed Massaquoi.
“They sent me a little thing about all the guys from North Carolina that went there,” Blazevich said. “It was a map with red dots on it and North Carolina is red. They had a couple dots on Charlotte.”
That was not the only visual aid the coaches had up their sleeves. Blazevich narrowed his long list of offers down to Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ole Miss back in December. Lilly was prepared to make a case for the Bulldogs.
“I spent a lot of time with Coach Lilly talking football and what their tight ends do,” Blazevich said. “One of the things I really appreciated was that he printed out a sheet that had the average total receptions, yards and touchdowns of Georgia and the other five schools I am looking at. He had each school and Georgia’s comparison. It was each school’s stats over the last five years and then the averages. So that was really good to see since it puts the numbers on paper and it was really easy to see what is going on.
“Georgia is second overall by a hair to Clemson, but they are above in touchdowns.”
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end also spent time with Richt.
“We talked football of course and he told me what he thought I could do in the system,” Blazevich said. “But he is also the sort of man that sits you down and says, ‘This is my advice on recruiting and this is my advice on life things.’ He talks about what Georgia is as a whole and not just football. Everything he says you have to take to heart. He is one of the top guys in the business and knows what he is talking about.”