Nation’s No. 1 TE leaving Georgia for Florida after the season

Isaac Nauta, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 prospect at tight end, is leaving Buford High School at the end of the season to move to Florida.

The 5-star junior told the AJC on Sunday night he’ll be relocating to Jacksonville, Fla., in December because of his father’s new job.

5-star TE Isaac Nauta (AJC)

5-star TE Isaac Nauta (AJC)

“It’s kind of crazy,” Nauta said. “I wasn’t really expecting it, but things happen, right? My Dad got a new job opportunity in Jacksonville, so we’ve got to head that way.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder is only a junior but already one of the best prospects at tight end that Georgia has ever produced. He’s rated as the state’s No. 3 overall prospect for 2016, and he’s accumulated around 40 early scholarship offers.

“I wasn’t expecting this,” Nauta said. “But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do for the family.

“I’ve had a great time at Buford High School. I can’t thank my coaches and my teammates enough. They’ve been great to me. But sometimes you have to go. I’ve had a great three years and I want to try to finish out this season strong. I want to help my team win another state championship.”

Florida State appears to be heavy frontrunner for Nauta, with more than almost 90 percent of the recruiting analysis projecting him to the Seminoles, per the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions. However, Nauta said FSU is no longer his leader, and that four schools are all about even.

“I don’t really have a leader right now,” Nauta said. “South Carolina, Florida State, Ole Miss and Georgia are my top four. I will probably make a decision at the end of the year, after football season.”

Nauta plans to enroll early in college in January 2016. He hasn’t decided on his new Florida high school, but has connections at Jacksonville’s Bolles School after nearly transferring there in middle school.


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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