Florida State graduate transfer Tre’ Mckitty is also going to be a Georgia Bulldog for the 2020 season.
Mckitty announced his commitment on Twitter.
“Excited to become part of the UGA Family, can’t wait to see what the new year has in store,” Mckitty’s statement said.
— Tre' Mckitty (@T_mckitty) January 13, 2020
The latest installment of the transfer portal giveth and taketh away brings more big-play ability to Georgia’s offense for 2020. McKitty, a tight end, adds another veteran grad transfer to Todd Hartley’s tight end room.
While that might sound like Eli Wolf choosing Georgia for the 2019 season, the former Seminole will bring more production at the college level to the Georgia offense.
McKitty caught 50 passes for 520 yards in his three seasons in Tallahassee, including 49 catches over his last two seasons. He caught his only two touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2018. The 2017 early enrollee will be able to graduate after just three seasons.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder also had more recruiting buzz coming out of IMG Academy as a high school senior. He was rated as the nation’s No. 15 TE prospect for the 2017 cycle on the 247Sports Composite rankings. That placed him as a 3-star recruit and the nation’s No. 397 overall recruit for 2017.
During that time, he did take a late official visit to Georgia to check out the Bulldogs. He was also recruited by Hartley when he coached the tight ends for the Miami Hurricanes, too. So there was already a good relationship there.
The Florida native now becomes the second graduate transfer from the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Georgia offense this offseason. Former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman was the first of those and he should have a strong shot at winning the quarterback job in 2020.
If he does, he’ll now have another big and athletic weapon over the middle in Mckitty.
Tre’ Mckitty: Things to know about the new grad transfer
Mckitty is set to graduate from FSU in May with his degree in criminology. That obviously means he will not be available for spring drills in Athens.
He’s also working on his pilot’s license. He had over 20 hours of flight time at the end of last season.
The graduate transfer will have one season of eligibility remaining. He joins a tight end room which saw four-year senior Charlie Woerner and Wolf (a former 2-star recruit) leave after the 2019 season.
Georgia signed 5-star ATH Darnell Washington for its 2020 class back in December. The 6-foot-75, 265-pounder is expected to see a lot of action in his first season on campus, but he did not enroll early.
McKitty caught 23 passes in 2019 at FSU. That’s the same number of catches that all of Georgia’s tight ends (Wolf, Woerner and FitzPatrick) caught for the Bulldogs in 2019.
It also must be noted here that FitzPatrick and Goede were both rated as 4-star TE prospects on the 247Sports Composite rankings in the 2018 and 2019 classes, respectively.
In his announcement tweet, the graduate transfer said it wasn’t easy to leave the FSU program.
“I’m not sure where my journey will take me next, but I will always be a Seminole,” McKitty wrote earlier this month.
Forever a Nole🍢 pic.twitter.com/GgEc3ERCjj
— Tre' Mckitty (@T_mckitty) January 9, 2020
He described the tough decision as a chance for a new start at a new program.
“However, sometimes in life we have to make hard decisions about what’s best for us and our futures, and while many people may not understand my decision, I hope that they can respect it,” McKitty wrote. “With that being said, I intend to enter the transfer portal and finish my college football career as a graduate transfer at another institution.”
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