Tight End U Gets Nice Addition In Blazevich
by Chris Stephens
May 27, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
Georgia continues to get some of the top tight-end talent in the country as Jeb Blazevich committed to the Bulldogs recently. Blazevich is a four-star tight end out of Charlotte and is the No. 7-ranked tight end in the country, according to Rivals. While Georgia fans are disappointed the Bulldogs didn't sign Herschel Walker's nephew (Milan Richard) at tight end, Blazevich gives fans a lot to look forward to. WHAT HE BRINGS Standing at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Blazevich is a pass-catching tight end that can stretch the field down the middle. SB Nation national recruiting analyst Bud Elliott sees Blazevich as an all-around tight end: Blazevich has extremely good body control. He is comfortable working in limited space, like the sideline or the red zone. Blazevich has excellent balance, which helps him run solid routes, particularly on double moves against a linebacker. And he is an excellent pass catcher, naturally plucking the football with his hands and not letting it get into his body. Blazevich shows good speed for a tight end, and isn't awkward. He accelerates well out of his cuts to gain separation. Elliott thinks Blazevich needs to improve his blocking ability, but that it will come around once he gets to Athens. CHARACTER AND FAITH While most college football fans don't put too much emphasis on character, it is a perfect word to describe Blazevich. A kid of faith, as he describes, Blazevich was intrigued with Georgia due to the faith of head coach Mark Richt, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That’s a very big factor for me with Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss. All the other places, they had strong believers on their staff, too. It was just one of those things that I got from my main schools, especially Coach (John) Lilly and Coach Richt. The head coach is a Christian, and he’s going to run the team accordingly. My position coach is a Christian, and I’m going to be there around him every day.” While there's still a year before Blazevich will be on campus (and other things can happen), a good character person is exactly what is needed on campus. After having a few key players get suspended for off-field incidents every year, it's refreshing to know Blazevich is one less recruit Richt and company have to worry about.