The 2018 recruiting class is barely in the rearview mirror and the Georgia Bulldogs already are picking up right where they left off. Georgia had the No. 1 recruiting class in 2018 and things are off to a hot start for 2019.
Georgia has seven commitments for its 2019 class, and all seven commitments are from players considered to be four- or five-star prospects, including the latest pledge from four-star tight end Ryland Goede.
“I grew up a Bulldog fan,” Goede told GN. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot and praying about it, and we just felt like the time was right to go ahead and make that move.
“I think the biggest reason that I picked Georgia was they offered me in both baseball and football, and that was really something I wanted to do. That was one of the key factors for sure.”
Goede (6 feet 7, 235 pounds), from Acworth (Ga.) Kennesaw Mountain in the Atlanta suburbs, is among the top 10 tight end prospects in the country; he also is a top-175 prospect overall.
“I definitely think it’s a blessing, but I don’t think over it too much because those aren’t the people I need to impress,” Goede said regarding his high national ranking. “When I get to Georgia I need to impress Coach (Kirby) Smart and Coach (Jim) Chaney (offensive coordinator), and that’s really what I’m working toward. I have the confidence in myself that whether I’m a zero star or a four star, I’ll get the job done.”
Goede has a long relationship with Smart.
“Coach Smart was my first recruiting coordinator when I was in eighth grade and he was at Alabama,” Goede said. “He was my guy at Alabama, so I’ve known him for a long time now.
“I love the guys that he is bringing in and I love the attitude and the culture he’s bringing to Georgia. I just like him as a coach and I’m excited to play for him.”
The Bulldogs’ 2018 class certainly garnered Goede’s attention.
“It’s crazy to see, but then again I expected it,” he said. “This is something that I feel like should have happened earlier for Georgia, but we just hadn’t been able to pull the trigger. Now the pieces are finally starting to fit in place.”
Goede has a unique description when discussing his approach to the tight end position.
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