At 6-foot-5 and 228 pounds, Jeb Blazevich looks like the future of Georgia football at the tight end position. So talented is Blazevich that, with the choice between him and Milan Richard, the nephew of Herschel Walker, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt chose the former over the latter.
Richt had only been planning on recruiting one tight end for the 2014 class, leaving the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Richard out in the cold despite the obvious familial ties to Athens.
But there is a new twist in the will-they-or-won’t-they saga of Richard’s recruitment by Georgia: Ty Flourney-Smith has announced that he will be transferring from the program.
Flournoy-Smith appeared in eight games at a true freshman in 2012. He appeared to be in the running for increased playing time and potentially some looks from quarterback Aaron Murray on Saturdays until he made a bone-headed decision that may or may not be directly related to his transfer. In February, he was arrested after reporting his books as stolen after he had already sold them back to the bookstore, hoping to double-up on his profits. At the time, Richt said the matter would be handled internally, but now Flournoy-Smith is probably headed to junior college for a year or two.
The sequence of events may have potentially opened up a scholarship at tight end, one which would presumably be offered to Richard.
However, as all of this is still fresh and the deadline for signing 2014 recruits is still a long ways away, Richt has yet to make any decisions regarding the immediate future of his program at the position.
‘You’re going to have a target number at each position,” Richt said, according to David Ching of ESPN. “If you don’t hit a target at a certain position, then you might take that one and give it to this position. So that happens along the way. But we had our target and we basically hit it and now whether that’s changing, I’m just not sure yet.'”
As for 2013, senior Arthur Lynch (24 receptions, 431 yards, three touchdowns in 2012) and sophomore Jay Rome (11, 152, two) return and Jordan Davis will be a freshman and start practicing this summer.
Three scholarship tight ends simply is not very many, especially for Georgia, who can use the position for a number of different offensive sets.
However, Richt is not willing to pull the trigger on a scholarship for Richard. The young man with Red and Black coursing through his veins will simply have to keep waiting.
As will Dawgs Nation.