What it means: Add another freak tight end into the Bulldog system. Georgia, excuse me, Brian Schottenheimer, underused Georgia’s talented and gifted tight ends last year; he underutilized lots of things. With that said, Nauta has the potential to be a special playmaker for Georgia at tight end in the future and on special teams right away.
I got to see Nauta play a lot over his high school career. He is a straight up play-making football player. He’s big and bad. He made a lot of plays from his defensive end spot at Buford in 2013 and 2014. But he will be a tight end at UGA. And let me tell you, Georgia is getting a good one. I never watched him play a game where he disappointed me, and as I said earlier, I saw him play a lot.
Georgia owes John Lilly one on Nauta signing with the Dawgs. He stuck with Nauta went he was committed to Florida State, and after he left Buford to enroll at IMG Academy in Florida. Georgia now has several gifted tight ends: It's time to start using them.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2013 Dawg Night; 2013 Buford vs. Washington County; 2014 Trinity at Buford; 2014 Buford vs. St. Pius X
Chad Simmons says: Nauta is an old-school tight end. A tight end who can stay on the field all three downs. Blocking is something he does well. He can look like an extended offensive lineman at times. Very strong and could drive blocking. Has very good hands. Big tight end, but really soft hands that receives the ball well. Can be a real weapon inside the red zone and will be a go-to guy on third downs. Very dependable and has physical and finesse game.