We continue our tour through the names you need to know for this recruiting cycle with a smooth player from California’s wine country.
The prospects we have spotlighted so far have been Peach State products, and with good reason. Georgia is chock full of talented players at a variety of positions in the 2021 cycle, and I believe homegrown talent will likely make up more than half the Red and Black’s eventual recruiting haul. But Kirby Smart and his staff are absolutely going to have to leave the state to fill needs at certain key positions.
One of those appears to be tight end. The ‘Dawgs have recruited well at the position over the past couple of cycles. But with Isaac Nauta’s decision to go pro followed by Charlie Woerner’s graduation the tight end room is well-stocked with bodies but a little lacking in experience. Eli Wolf filled in admirably last season as a grad transfer, and I’m optimistic about what FSU transfer Tre McKitty can bring to the table in 2020. 2020 recruit Darnell Washington has NFL physical tools, but as a result Coach Todd Hartley is unlikely to have him for more than three seasons. Bottom line, Georgia needs to find at least one high school tight end who can play early.
There are several players who fit that description, but it appears the main target on the UGA board is Napa, California standout Brock Bowers. The 6’4, 225 pound Bowers is ranked the #3 tight end in the nation and #101 player overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He holds over 20 scholarship offers, both from West Coast powers like Oregon, UCLA, Washington and USC, and eastern and southern schools like Penn State, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas A&M, and Georgia.
The reason Bowers emerged early as a key prospect for so many schools was his unbelievable athleticism. Just over a year ago as a sophomore he ran a 4.55 forty and posted a 40 inch vertical jump at Nike’s The Opening. That’s the kind of athleticism offensive coordinators prize to spread the field and create mismatches. It’s not unreasonable to expect that Bowers could arrive on campus a year from now as a 6’5, 230 pound combo wide receiver/tight end/H-back not unlike the recently departed Woerner.