Arthur Lynch is getting ready for the NFL combine after five seasons at Georgia.
Ty Flournoy-Smith, who played in 2012 as a freshman, left after off-field trouble and signed with Alabama after a season at junior college.
Rising redshirt junior Jay Rome is coming off foot surgery.
Yes, the Bulldogs could use some more help at tight end, where redshirt freshman Jordan Davis is the only other scholarship tight end in the program.
‚ÄúWe felt like our tight end position was really a little scary with the depth there,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said.
Enter Jeb Blazevich and Hunter Atkinson, who Georgia signed Wednesday with an eye on bolstering the position this coming season.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm just trying to fit the mold, just trying to do whatever they need me to do,‚Äù said Blazevich, out of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian High School. ‚ÄúWhatever I need to do to get on the field, I‚Äôm going to try to do it. Whether that‚Äôs more blocking or receiving or even going to defense or playing special teams. They‚Äôre not talking about defense. I‚Äôm just throwing that in. I‚Äôm just ready to fit whatever they need me to do because that‚Äôs the school and the coaching staff I want to do it for.‚Äù
Rivals.com jumped the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Blazevich from a No. 181 ranking to No. 79 after the Under Armour All-American game in Florida in early January. He‚Äôs Rivals‚Äô No. 1 tight end nationally.
‚ÄúWe thought he was just an outside guy, a flex guy,‚Äù said Mike Farrell, Rivals‚Äô national recruiting analyst. ‚ÄúHis film was mostly just wide receiver stuff. When he got down to Under Armour, we saw him block in-line and he knocked the crap out of some kids. Andrew Trumbetti, who‚Äôs going to Notre Dame, especially, he owned him. I really, really liked that, plus he caught everything thrown his way and was a reliable sort of safety valve receiver. That‚Äôs crucial as a tight end. He can stretch the field, but he‚Äôs a guy who can also catch a poorly thrown ball or a ball thrown into traffic. He goes up to get it.‚Äù
Blazevich said he‚Äôll outwork the other guy, can catch the ball and is getting better as a blocker.
‚ÄúIf the door‚Äôs open, the door‚Äôs open, I‚Äôm hungry for it,‚Äù Blazevich said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm trying to do as much as I can as soon as I can. Keeping that in mind, I still have a lot to learn from these older guys. I‚Äôm excited to learn.‚Äù
Blazevich committed to Georgia last April and never wavered. He picked the Bulldogs over Clemson and Ole Miss, among others.
‚ÄúI think he has the skill-set to do things on our offense that we‚Äôre going to ask him to do,‚Äù tight ends coach John Lilly said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been exposed to a lot in his high school program.‚Äù
The Bulldogs also landed the 6-5, 250-pound Atkinson from West Hall High School, who Georgia got to flip from Cincinnati on Tuesday night.
‚ÄúWe knew we had a battle with Georgia and we lost,‚Äù Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville told The Associated Press.
Georgia called with a late offer to Atkinson at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, on signing day eve, according to the Gainesville Times. So Atkinson became a surprise signee on Wednesday.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a guy we started watching tape on in the middle of the season that did a little bit of everything,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said of a player who had 51 catches for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. ‚ÄúHe lined up at receiver, he lined up at tight end, he lined up as a wildcat quarterback. He‚Äôs a big athlete. I really don‚Äôt know how big this guy‚Äôs going to become and what he‚Äôs going to become. Like I told him (Tuesday) night, we‚Äôre expecting you to come in and get ready to play. I believe he‚Äôs got a chance to do that, I believe he‚Äôs an SEC football player.‚Äù
The more the merrier for the Bulldogs at tight end now with two more.
‚ÄúBoth are great young men and very talented,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúBoth have good hands, and I think they‚Äôre both going to be very capable to learn what to do and earn some playing time. It‚Äôll be fun to watch it.‚Äù
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