Georgia has offered a 5-star junior kicker from the state of North Carolina. When I first saw the tweet about Jonathan Karty, it seemed like a simple retweet would do.
Overjoyed and blessed to have received a full scholarship offer from The University of Georgia!!! Super excited! Thank you so much @CoachSFountain, @CoachGMeyer, and @KirbySmartUGA! #GoDawgs #CommitToTheG #DOKP @FootballUGA pic.twitter.com/ujulQHCHsJ
— Joshua Karty (@JoshuaKarty) January 17, 2019
Kickers generally do not move the dial for fan interest. That’s even though it can be argued that Rodrigo “Hot Rod” Blankenship is most popular Bulldog on the team.
“Hot Rod” is a clear exception. DawgNation does love its kickers.
Blankenship will exhaust his eligibility after his fifth year and fourth season in Athens this fall. Karty would be a plug-and-play solution out of North Carolina from the 2020 class.
That retweet will not cover all this guy brings to the table, though. Twitter does not have enough characters to get it all in here.
He might also seem to have a few of the very interesting personality traits which will define most kickers. Or at least they run in his family.
Check it out:
- Joshua Karty rates as the nation’s No. 1 kicker on Kohl’s Kicking for 2020.
- Received this evaluation from Kohl’s Kicking: Karty has competed at multiple Kohl’s Kicking events over the years. The most recent event was in July of 2018 at the Kohl’s Kicking National Invitational Scholarship Camp. He is currently in a league of his own for leg strength and ability in his class. The ball jumps off his foot and he uses his athletic frame to his advantage. He won the kickoff charts at the National Scholarship Camp and shows the consistency needed to be successful at the D1 level. Karty has been consistently dominant this past winter, spring, and now summer at Kohl’s camps. He is someone to keep an eye on this fall.
- Carried a 4.0 unweighted grade-point average and a 4.56 grade-point average
- The North Carolina All-State kicker also just picked up an offer from Stanford. He also has offers from Appalachian State and North Carolina.
- He will drill 65 and 70-yard field goals in kicking camps. (The videos will follow below.)
- Karty delivered touchbacks on 78 of his 82 kickoffs this year, including nine boots which sailed through the uprights.
- That powerful leg has proved capable of hitting 45-yard field goals without taking a single step. Yes, that’s right. A single step.
— Joshua Karty (@JoshuaKarty) June 24, 2018
Check out the Hudl highlights on Karty.
A few other things of note about Joshua Karty
This will be an accelerated timeline for Karty. He told DawgNation after the offer that he plans to make his decision soon. Real soon.
How did he feel about the UGA offer?
“It is incredible,” he told DawgNation. “They are a real contender and I’ll make a decision next weekend most likely.”
That’s very interesting. Considering that Karty has already visited UGA prior to receiving that offer.
Let’s take a look at the 2018 season stats for Karty.
An outstanding @WarriorsWA football season! Thank you to my teammates and coaches for all the hard work you put in on and off the field. Without you, none of this would have been possible. pic.twitter.com/vMccm6QtLu
— Joshua Karty (@JoshuaKarty) November 25, 2018
There were also the aforementioned 65-and-70-yard boots he had at kicking camps to check out.
Joshua Karty wins the field goal competition with a 65-yarder, then backs up to 70. 😳
— Kohl's Kicking Camps (@KohlsKicking) January 6, 2019
We’ll end this report on a lighter note. I’m convinced that Kirby Smart and Scott Fountain offered this young man not just because of any details listed here so far.
It just might be that he has the DNA (or at least the big leg) of an extraordinary human.
Completed the HWY 55 burger challenge on 12/8/18!
– Under 30 minutes…
– 55 oz of meat
– 12 slices of cheese
– 4 condiments
– 1 lb fries
– 24 oz drink
– (The milk shake wasn't required…)
According to the manager, I'M THE FIRST EVER TO CLAIM VICTORY AT THE BURLINGTON LOCATION! pic.twitter.com/EEphjMynCy
— Joel Karty (@drj6022e23) December 10, 2018
What did the son think of the father here?
“My Dad’s a stud,” Karty shared while retweeting this grand achievement on Twitter.
This kicker seems to qualify for that designation, too. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said that the Bulldogs would only plan to offer kickers that have “elite” talent and “impact” talent on special teams.
Karty seems to check every box in regard to that.
The Bulldogs only offered one kicker in the 2019 class and he is the first specialist to get an offer from UGA for the 2020 cycle.