Not unlike a Pay-Per-View event, this weekend’s matchup against Alabama has prospects—committed and not—lining up for a seat. The buzz has been ridiculously loud for months, and there’s not a top prospect, who’s slated to be in Sanford, that isn’t saying something about how big this game will be for the Bulldogs.
Isaac Nauta (IMG Academy, FL) is no exception.
“It has been awhile since I have been up there for a game, so I want to see what the atmosphere is like. Obviously this is a huge game. They are undefeated right now, and they want to keep going on that trail. They have been one of my top schools for a long time – they were in my final four when I originally committed, so I am excited to get up to Athens” (Kipp Adams, Dawgs 247)
Nauta has been taking things slow since he de-committed from Florida State, but many still believe Georgia is one of the major players for him. Even so, this weekend go a long way towards showing Nauta how well his position will be used in a red and black uniform.
So far this season, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has found subtle ways to get the tight ends involved. Both Jeb Blazevich and Jackson Harris had some pivotal catches against South Carolina, and Jay Rome should find more room to play as the season progresses—and Jordan Davis hasn’t had his shot yet, but you have to figure he’s due to get a look at some point this season as well.
The point is, with the offense needing to spread the wealth a bit more this weekend—against one of the toughest run defenses they will have faced all season—you can expect to see a bit more versatility in the passing game, which means we could see the tight ends getting a few more looks on Saturday.
If that prediction fares out, then Nauta should walk away with even more to think about.