Posted: 7:12 pm Thursday, June 12th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA picked up its third commitment in two days when Jackson Harris pledged to the Bulldogs on Thursday.
The 4-star tight end from Columbia, Tenn., picked UGA over Alabama and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Harris is commitment No. 12 for the Bulldogs in 2015.
“Anytime you can beat out Alabama, that’s big,” said 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe. “Also, you have a huge body at the end of the line of scrimmage and that’s big; that’s what Georgia has done in the last two classes.
“When you add this guy with (this past year’s signees at tight end with) 6-5 Jeb Blazevich and a 6-6 Hunter Atkinson, you’re really getting big and physical at tight end. As you can see in the NFL, you can’t have enough of those targets in the red zone.”
This year’s crop of tight ends out of the state of Georgia is pretty good, and includes Coffee’s Jalen Wilkerson (committed to FSU) and North Gwinnett’s Daniel Imatorbhebhe (Missouri). But UGA went out of state to fill its need at the position.
“I think Georgia is getting a true inline tight end,” Rowe said. “He’s a guy that can play on the end of the line of scrimmage and that can block. And he can get out in space and catch the football.
“I don’t think he’s a vertical threat. I don’t think he’s a guy that you’re going to flex out into the slot. But he can impact the run game and the pass game. Quite frankly, that’s the epitome of a Georgia tight end.
Curiously, Harris was never offered by Tennessee. But Rowe doesn’t think it’s as big of a deal as some people think.
“I think it has a lot of it has to do with the type of offense that Butch Jones is going to run,” he said. “They’re a spread team and a physical team. With a lot of their tight ends, they will flex the guy out. They’re not playing them as much on the line of scrimmage. So I think it has a lot to do with a lack of fitting the scheme.”
Harris is rated as the No. 8 overall prospect out of Tennessee, and the No. 10 tight end in the nation, via the 247sports composite rankings.
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