Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way a coveted tight end like George Takacs or a 4-star RB like Master Teague might lean plus add some perspective to help fans figure out what it all means.
George Takacs is “pretty close” to a decision.
UGA assistant Shane Beamer has made the 6-foot-7 tight end a priority. The Bulldogs need to sign at least one tight end in 2018. UGA did not sign a tight end in its heralded 2017 class.
That lines up with a process Takacs established earlier this year. Takacs said on Feb. 26 that he planned to take one more trip to the school he would eventually choose.
The 6-foot-7, 236-pounder visited Wisconsin last month. He made the trek to Notre Dame last week. Another visit to Georgia was set for this week.
“It was great to take all my visits and my research,” the nation’s No 20 tight end for 2018 said. “It helped sort me out and sort out what I really want.”
He seems sold on a Top 3. His recent update trims Florida from his focus.
“It is probably Georgia, Wisconsin and Notre Dame,” Takacs said. “Put it at those three. I think I’m pretty close to a decision. Not the next few weeks. But definitely before. By the end of the spring, I will be done.”
Is he committed on May 1? Takacs didn’t think so.
What about June 1?
“I don’t know,” he said.
We zoomed ahead two months to August 1. Has he found his school by then?
“Definitely before the start of my senior year,” Takacs said. “Definitely. But I’m just not sure when yet.”
That might read like he’s still up-in-the-air, but it didn’t come off that way in person. Takacs spoke with conviction as he broke down his options.
“I’m really taking all my visits,” Takacs said. “I’m seeing how I fit with everybody. That helps me sort it all out.”
Where do Notre Dame and Wisconsin fit in?
Madison is the home of seemingly a thousand lakes. Those views aren’t a bad way to frame up a college life.
“I loved it up there,” Takacs said. “It was a great experience. I loved the coaches up there. The offense they run. I was pretty excited about Wisconsin after that visit.”
The Badgers cemented their place among his top schools.
“I love Wisconsin,” Takacs said. “It is definitely up there with anybody.”
Notre Dame left him with a similar feeling.
“Great experience,” Takacs said. “They definitely have a history there with those tight ends. That is also a historically great program. It was a great visit.”
Watching Takacs up close. He’s a battler. He uses his body well and doesn’t let simple camp bumps and bruises slow him down. He fights for the ball and uses his 6-foot-7 frame to shield off defenders.
His size alone just screams red zone weapon. Takacs is also one of just two tight ends nationally to have already garnered their invitation to Nike’s elite “The Opening” national showcase this summer in Oregon.
Takacs compares favorably to 4-star Florida tight end Will Mallory. Mallory rates as the nation’s No. 9 tight end and is also a Michigan legacy.
The Naples High standout has two inches and 29 pounds on Mallory. Mallory is faster with a 4.68 in the 40. But Takacs — given his size edge — is comparable with a 4.87. That’s based on their testing at two different Opening regionals.
Mallory had a 4.41 short shuttle. That was 0.06 faster than Takacs. Mallory bested him in the power ball by three inches with a heave of 43 feet. Takacs beat Mallory by two-plus inches with his 33-inch effort.
Master W. Teague III makes plans to return to Athens
Master W. Teague III told DawgNation he plans only two more college visits this spring. The first will be a trek to Tennessee this weekend.
The junior RB has also plotted out a two-day trip to UGA for the following weekend. That’s set for next Friday and Saturday.
His home state Volunteers are a strong contender for the Murfreesboro area standout. While the 247Sports Composite only rates him as a 3-star prospect, he seems to hold even more value than that.
Teague would be an ideal RB pairing for UGA in 2018. The potential tandem with 5-star UGA target Zamir White would be a great re-up for the program at that position.
My perception places his true value falls more in line with the solo 247Sports rating. His aforementioned composite ranking (No. 28 RB overall) weighs his stock across all the recruiting websites.
The 5-foot-11, 211-pound prospect is a 3-star RB on the composite but he picks up a star on his standalone 247Sports rating.
247Sports also ranks him as the nation’s No. 9 RB for this cycle.
That befits a big-play workhorse who cracked the 2,000-yard mark last fall in Tennessee’s largest high school classification.
The need-to-know on Master Teague
Teague is a powerful one-cut runner. His feet are decisive when he approaches the hole.
The Blackman High star also recently threw up 340 pounds on the power clean. His recent DawgNation profile pointed out the traits that even UGA coach Kirby Smart noticed he has in common with Georgia All-American candidate Nick Chubb.
That seems like a good name for any high school RB prospect to wind up in the same sentence with.
The Blackman (Tenn.) junior piled up 2,031 yards on 242 carries in 2016. That’s 8.4 yards per attempt. Teague finished his junior year with nine games of 100-plus yards and 24 rushing scores.
The Georgia target will also post incredible combine numbers. His Hudl page lists a 39-inch vertical jump and a 4.39 time in the 40. He can squat 500 pounds and clock a short shuttle in 4.01.
Teague also has no worries about coming in to compete with Georgia’s assembled depth at his position. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will in the NFL by the time he goes to college.
But the Bulldogs would still have a stable with Brian Herrien, Elijah Holyfield, D’Andre Swift and then potentially White and Teague in the Class of 2018.