After a strong June on the commitment trail, the Bulldogs got their first good news of the month of July, as four-star tight end John FitzPatrick became the latest prospect to pick the Bulldogs today.
Unlike some, FitzPatrick's offer from the Bulldogs came a bit later in his process, as Georgia coaches sought further insight into his game than just high school tape.
"It is harder to see my potential coming from Marist in the triple option offense, but Kirby [Smart] had seen tape from me at the Under Armour camp," FitzPatrick told UGASports after receiving his offer. "He said I had great balance, great speed, so I think they went ahead and offered me."
Georgia tight end coach Shane Beamer also played a large part in his decision.
“Coach Beamer has just talked about the possibility to come and if I work hard there is a chance at playing. The only two tight ends that I know of that will be there will be [Isaac] Nauta and [Charlie] Woerner and all the other tight ends will be graduated or gone. Those guys would be juniors at the time so there is a chance at playing time and that is exciting," FitzPatrick replied. "It is just how they use the tight ends and the history Georgia has with tight ends like [Jeb] Blazevich, Arthur Lynch- it just goes back real far so that is exciting. Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach Beamer have talked about splitting me out and putting me in the slot similar to how Charlie Woerner is being used as well.”
FitzPatrick has also noted that the approach of coaches in Athens was a factor.
"Georgia showed me that it cares for its players, the coaches are great family guys and they made a strong impression," FitzPatrick said. "I don't feel like I am just another offer in the program, but that they do want me and care about me."
Stay tuned for more on FitzPatrick's commitment.