6-foot-7 TE George Takacs shows considerable interest in UGA
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DAVIE, Fla. — George Takacs dropped a couple of early passes Sunday morning on the fields where the Miami Dolphins train. He was there to get open for Nike’s “The Opening” elite prospect summer showcase in Oregon.
The giant 6-foot-7 tight end from Naples heard an encouraging word from one of this camp instructors after one of those.
Takacs was told he was too good of a player to be doing stuff like that.
He is. And then he was.
The Gulf Coast High School standout shook that off plus a late twisted ankle to become the first tight end in the nation selected for the event.
That’s why Takacs hears from UGA tight ends coach Shane Beamer like that’s his new best friend. The 238-pound prospect is only rated as the nation’s No. 28 prospect at tight end for 2018, but he showed more to his game than that on Sunday.
Georgia has sent out offers to only six 2018 tight ends, and Takacs is one of those guys after adding another inch in height over the last year.
“Georgia talks to me a lot,” Takacs said. “Florida talks to me a lot. I get to speak with Wisconsin a lot. There’s also Tennessee. I’m checking in a lot with them. It has been busy.”
He felt that the Bulldogs were currently coming after him the hardest. He hears from Beamer a few times every week. The 3-star recruit said that relationship with Beamer is as strong as any he has established with a recruiter.
“I’m really excited about Georgia,” Takacs said. “I visited last week or two weeks ago for one of their Junior Days and I loved the coaches with Kirby Smart and all of those guys.”
The kid with the size-15 feet described Georgia’s new indoor facility as “amazing” and “wild.”
“The fact that Georgia didn’t take a tight end last year definitely factors into my decision,” Takacs said. “I loved the things that Isaac Nauta got to do this year. He was a freshman. Their offense really excited me.”
He describes himself as an all-around tight end. That’s a good assessment. He wasn’t amazing in any one particular area but he consistently showed above-average ability in all the core areas required for the position. This sounds like a given, but he really creates a big target and knows how to use his body to shield off the defender with a ball coming his way.
Like most tight ends at that age, he needs to work on his route running. He can block and catch, and his athletic frame will be rare in college football. Even in the SEC.
“I want to be committed before I start my senior season,” he said. “I want to get that done and out of the way and focus on football my senior year.”
Takacs breaks down his top group
Takacs said he’s really focused on Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin. The plan is to check out all three schools this summer and base his decision off those trips. He said there was likely a 95 chance he will eventually commit to one of those three schools.
He grew up an NFL fan and favors the hometown Dolphins. But he said he also liked Florida “just a little bit” simply because he lived in the state and that was the team to root for.
“The biggest reason I am interested in Georgia right now is I think the coaching staff is going to do great things,” he said. “Especially with Kirby Smart coming from Alabama. The things he did over there I can see him doing those same things at Georgia. I saw what Georgia did with its 2017 class. That was really wild how they pretty much cleaned up in the state of Georgia and put together a really great class.”
Beamer told him he liked his versatility and how he can even flex out into the slot. Takacs ran a 4.8 laser time in the 40 on Sunday.
How do those other contenders stack up for the 16-year old?
“Florida is just close to home,” he said. “I watched them a little bit growing up. I like the coaching staff up there. Coach (Jim) McElwain has talked up all the new stuff they want to do with their offense and that’s really attractive to me. Wisconsin just has that great history of tight ends with Troy Fumagalli last year.”
How many tight ends will Georgia take this year?
Takacs said Beamer told him that the Bulldogs will take “1 or 2” tight ends in the Class of 2018.
“They are not sure yet about one or two,” Takacs said. “He said that they will take me no matter what. If there’s another tight end committed and I still want to come, then they will take me regardless.”
He carries a 3.8 grade-point average in the classroom but isn’t sure what type of degree he wants to pursue in college. The 3-star prospect said that all three of those primary schools he is looking at have the type of academic profile he seeks.
Takacs said he spoke to Smart for about 30 minutes on his Junior Day trip.
“Coach Smart loves to talk about their offense,” he said. “He said he loved what I can do with my balance and how I run my routes.”
He’s only been to Georgia just that one time and is already planning to go back.
“Before I commit I want to make sure to go back to Georgia first and see everything another time,” he said. “I want to check out a practice and maybe talk to the players more. I plan on taking one more visit to the school I plan to commit to.”
Takacs lives in Florida, but he has only visited Gainesville once. He’s yet to see Wisconsin but plans to rectify that in a few weeks.
He just started picking up offers in the spring game after his sophomore year. So he’s only been a recruited prospect for less than a year.
The rising senior looked the part at the regional on Sunday, but what I like the best is how he also performs on Friday nights.
Takacs was named to his respective all-district and then all-conference teams in high school ball last year. He caught 25 passes in 11 games for a team that didn’t throw the ball much.
His Sharks only attempted 23 passes per game in 2016 and didn’t have a single player top the 450-yard mark in receiving yards. Takacs finished as the second-leading receiver on the team from his tight end spot.
5-star injury update
Walton (Marietta, Ga.) High school rising junior Dominick Blaylock suffered a season-ending injury in a baseball game earlier this year. The timeline for his return will be about five months. Blaylock fractured his fibula, the talus shifted and his deltoid ligament was repaired on Saturday.
The prognosis allows him to be back at receiver in time for the Corky Kell Classic matchup with North Gwinnett in August. The 6-foot, 180-pounder already has been named to the 2019 U.S. Army All-American Game.
John Woods, Blaylock’s guardian, told DawgNation the 5-star prospect was “bumming” about the injury.
That procedure was performed by an ankle specialist in Charlotte, N.C., who handles the same injury for a lot of known NFL players. The surgeon who repaired Blaylock’s injury has also worked on Julio Jones, among others.
“He said that Danny Amendola, Steve Smith and Marcus Mariota have all had the same break.”
247Sports rates Blaylock as the nation’s No. 3 receiver and No. 11 overall prospect for 2019. Blaylock placed Georgia in his top 5 earlier this year.
He is a part of the staggeringly loaded “True 19” class in Georgia for that cycle.