Following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s top tight end recruit, Isaac Nauta, announced that he will attend the University of Georgia. Nauta had also been considering attending the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama. It’s been reported that Michigan had been recruiting Nauta since he was a freshman, making this a major recruiting coup for brand-new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
Nauta made his announcement alongside quarterback Jacob Eason, a fellow five-star recruit who will be joining Nauta on the Bulldogs:
TE Isaac Nauta announces he's going to UGA. Here he is on left with fellow UGA early enrollee Jacob Eason. pic.twitter.com/K7412IImnX
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) January 9, 2016
The Bulldogs hired Smart as their head coach in December after dismissing longtime coach Mark Richt. Smart had most recently been the defensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. Securing Nauta marks an immediate victory for Smart over the Crimson Tide and his old boss, Nick Saban.
Among the UG tight ends who had moved on to the NFL are Ben Watson, a first-round pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. Now with the New Orleans Saints, Watson set career highs for receptions and receiving yards — 74, 825 — in his twelfth NFL season.