Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry captures the experience Saturday night for priority TE target Oscar Delp at the South Carolina game.
Oscar Delp took a different trip to UGA this past weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior at West Forsyth got to see a UGA game last fall during the 2020 season, but that was just as a fan. He sat in the stands because of the pandemic limitations.
His attendance at Georgia’s 40-17 win on Saturday provided much bigger moments.
“It was my first time ever getting to experience a Georgia game as a recruit really,” Delp said. “Last year for the Mississippi State game, it was still kind of a COVID game. So it was more of as a fan.”
This trip meant standing on Dooley Field with an All-American team’s worth of elite recruits. It was watching the Bulldogs warm up from the home sideline.
The big takeaway was continuing to see UGA feed Brock Bowers like the name on the back of his jersey read Kobayashi.
“Obviously just seeing Bowers,” Delp said. “The way that they used him and how they moved him around. The different routes he ran. The targets he got. That was definitely an eye-opener. I’ve been seeing that for the past couple of weeks. It doesn’t look like it is slowing down anytime soon. It is just cool to watch what they are doing with him and that position.”
Delp will process everything. He will gauge the offense in a spread or whether they are in an “11″ or “12″ personnel look. The Bulldogs did deploy some of that “12″ personnel against the Gamecocks.
“Just from Brock being in that slot to kind of in that H-back and then going all the way out wide,” Delp said. “It is cool to see them move him all around.”
Bowers is performing at an ALL-SEC level football in a variety of roles. That’s despite not getting to have a senior season of football last fall out in California.
That shows development for a first-year player.
“It is definitely a lot but it is what players like,” Delp said. “It is what he and I and other tight ends that play like that are meant to do. It is what they are ready for. I think the best way for him to play is to do all the things he is doing right now and he’s doing a great job.”
Bowers leads UGA with his 14 catches and 203 yards so far this season. He’s tied with Jermaine Burton for the team lead with his two touchdown receptions.
That’s already more than any UGA tight end managed in receptions (10) or yards (166) or TD catches (1) in 2020. It even eclipses what Eli Wolf did in leading the TE room in catches (13), receiving yards (194) and TDs (1) back in 2019.
Look for the true freshman from California to eclipse the 41 catches for 578 yards and three scores that Isaac Nauta and Charlier Woerner combined for in 2018, too. Those were two NFL tight ends operating for the Bulldogs in that season.
Bowers could have the Nauta/Woerner stat line in his rearview by early November in this offense.
“I wouldn’t say it was more tight end usage than I thought,” Delp said. “They are doing everything I thought they would do with him. It is just the fact he’s getting the ball more than I thought he would. The quarterbacks are just making those reads more. I knew Brock would be doing those things and running those routes. I just didn’t know the progression that the quarterback would be going through. It just shows that when he is open he is getting the ball.”
Bowers can create separation from the coverage with his explosiveness and athletic ability.
“He’s a super gifted tight end and he has all the traits that an NFL tight end needs to have,” Delp said. “The way he can run routes and accelerate off the line and create separation is really what makes him a great tight end.”
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