Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Jeb Blazevich good fit for Georgia
By Craig Haubert
Georgia added its first ESPN 150 prospect with the addition of tight end Jeb Blazevich. This is a nice pick-up for the back-to-back SEC East champs on a few different levels.
First, it addresses a need with Arthur Lynch headed into his senior year and the talented and athletic Jay Rome will be a redshirt junior by the time Blazevich hits Athens. Plus, if Rome, the top-rated tight end in the Class of 2011, reaches the potential he has shown he also could potentially be gone by that point as well. Georgia does have some other potential options beyond those two key contributors at the position, but the well-rounded Blazevich is still a key and needed pick-up. In the four-star Blazevich, Georgia gets a versatile player at the position who can be a productive receiving target and with development aid their run game as a productive blocker. He has good height, but does need to add mass, which should come with time in the Bulldogs’ weight program. He doesn't possess upper-tier speed for the position, but can still be highly-productive in Georgia's offense. The Bulldogs have shown that they will target the tight end in coordinator Mike Bobo's attack using a high percentage of short-to-intermediate passes and utilizing the tight ends as reliable underneath targets.
Blazevich fits that scheme well as he possesses good strong hands, displays very good body control and the toughness to take a hit to make the catch. He has also shown he can be a good red-zone target with his height and ability to go up and high-point the ball. He might not be a vertical threat, but is a smart, savvy player who can attack zone defenses well and use good route-running to help him create some separation. He might not be a dynamic, big-play presence for the Bulldogs, but can be that reliable tight end target who catches a lot of balls in that offense. He needs more development as a blocker, both physically and technically, but again shows the toughness and willingness to be successful in this area.
Another reason this is a nice pick-up for Georgia is because Blazevich has shown to be a high-character prospect who can be a positive and reliable presence. That is something that can be lost at times in the recruiting coverage world, but it is important. In Blazevich, Georgia added a prospect who can be an asset on the field and in the locker room, and for those reasons Georgia fans should be excited about the Dawgs' latest pick-up.