Following a long recruiting process that began with dozens of schools on his list, the No. 90-overall ranked recruit and No. 3-ranked tight end, Jeb Blazevich, chose the University of Georgia during an announcement ceremony on ESPNU on Tuesday, via ESPN.com. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Blazevich chose Athens over Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
“God was calling me to go to Georgia,” Blazevich said. “I love my position coach, John Lilly, and head coach Mark Richt. I love the town and just everything about Georgia. I am 100 percent committed to Georgia.”
By ‘100-percent’, he means it. Blazevich told Dawgs Nation they can count on him to maintain his word. The big pass catcher is coach Mark Richt’s fourth commitment for the 2014 recruiting cycle.
“When I say that I commit, I mean it with all of my heart. The only thing that would change that would be if the men that I commit to leave.”
Interestingly, Blazevich was not so dumb as to call out any schools he did not like. However, he indirectly called out Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State when he called Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss his top three. Very few youngsters have been able to say ‘no’ to the Buckeyes, Irish and the Tide, so Georgia fans should be all the more impressed with the recruiting efforts of Richt’s staff on this one.
“I feel like I visited a couple of schools to give them a shot by looking at everything they had to offer,” Blazevich said. “I tried to picture myself there and I just could not see myself going there.
“It came down to Ole Miss, Clemson and Georgia. They are all so similar and Southern schools with strong academics, great football programs and very spiritual leaders in the locker room and on the staff.”
While Blazevich must be all smiles, his commitment gums things up for Milan Richard. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Richard is not only another highly-rated prep tight end, but he is Herschel Walker’s nephew.
The commitment of the Charlotte native likely means there will not be a scholarship available for the nephew of the greatest Bulldog of all time.
“I have been completely upfront and honest with Milan,” Blazevich said. “I have told him what I was thinking with each step, because we both understand that if he commits to Georgia, I would not have a spot, if he committed to Clemson, I would not have a spot. If he committed to Ole Miss, I would not have a spot.
“I remember at one time I texted him that he might just decide for me. And it is the same with me for him. It is just one of those things where you have to talk to him. That is the guy that is going to be stealing my spot and the guy I have to keep tabs on, but he has just been so upfront and honest with me, so I tried to do my best for him too and I cannot thank him enough.”
It was a tough situation to be in for both Blazevich, as well as Milan.
However, Blazevich now has the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be one of the best to ever walk Between The Hedges — he just needed to make that initial commitment.
Now comes the fun part for him: Helping the Dawgs win a national championship.