Beamer, the now former Bulldog assistant, spent two seasons in Athens with Kirby Smart. While the 2017 class didn’t afford the room to add any tight ends, he came back in a big way in 2018.
Those new faces at TE might need to stoop through a few doorways at Butts-Mehre when they arrive. The new Oklahoma hire was key in the signing of both 6-foot-6 Luke Ford and 6-foot-7 John FitzPatrick during the early period.
That duo has already signed for 2018, but how about the years to come? Longtime target Ryland Goede shared his view of that situation with DawgNation yesterday shortly after the news broke regarding the Beamer move.
Goede, the nation’s No. 5 TE and No. 98 overall prospect for 2019, had a clear opinion.
“You know it honestly doesn’t change how I feel about UGA,” Goede said. “I’ve always been told to choose a school because of the school and your love for it. So I’ve tried to do that from the beginning and that’s what I’ve done with the schools I’ve narrowed it down to.”
He had UGA slightly ahead of Auburn in our last update. It has changed. Goede has essentially cut his decision down to two schools.
Auburn and Ohio State have also fallen behind behind the leaders. Nebraska also changed coaches. That placed Big Red on the outside of his decision.
“I haven’t had any contact with Nebraska but now its really UGA and Michigan,” he told DawgNation.
The Bulldogs also have another drawing card for Goede in the fact that two of his life-long best friends, JD Bertrand and Dominick Blaylock, are already committed to UGA for 2019.
Goede also tweeted out his appreciation for how Beamer treated him as a potential UGA recruit.
Oklahoma is getting a great one! @CoachSBeamer thank you for all you’ve done for me during this process and all the advice you’ve provided. Oklahoma is for sure getting not only one of the best guys around the game but one of the best coaches in all of football.
— Ryland Goede (@rylandgoede10) January 23, 2018
The rising senior is also a big-time baseball project. He projects as a big middle infielder-type with pop. Perfect Game recently named Goede to its 16-and-under All-American team. He made the second team.
The all-around athlete can also score in the mid-to-upper 70s on the golf course. As expected, he’s very strong off the tee at that.
Goede still plans to make his college choice sometime around February of this year. It means he won’t have long to get to know the guy who takes over Beamer’s room in Athens.
Check out his 2017 junior highlights below.