The 2019 class in Georgia is already producing some of the top players in the county. One 2019 prospect already getting tons of attention is Kennesaw Mountain (GA) tight end Ryland Goede. The 6-foot-6 217-pound Kennesaw native has great size for his age, and can over power his opponent in the running game. Austin Peay, Tennessee, and Georgia have all offered the new four-star. Goede has been watching the Bulldogs play for years, and was excited to receive the offer.
"I was pumped to get this offer." Goede said. "I've been watching UGA games on Saturday's for as long as I can remember. I've known head coach Kirby Smart for about a year and a half now and I've really enjoyed getting to continue building our relationship. I don't know coach (Shane) Beamer or offensive coordinator Jim Cheney well but after meeting them last week I can't wait to build a relationship with them throughout the recruiting process."
Goede was at their camp last week and was able to show the coaches what he could do.
"I worked out in front of coach Beamer and his assistant." Goede said. "I talked for a while with Mike Cavan and coach Smart."
The coaches made sure Goede knows about the great tradition of tight ends at Georgia over the years.
"We (Smart) talked about the importance of being a tight end in their new offense and the amount that they use them." Goede said. "We talked about the academic side of things as well as all the things going on on campus and all of the new facilities."
While Georgia was the favorite school growing up, Goede does not have a commitment plan at the moment, and is looking forward to the recruiting process. The Bulldogs have made a big impression, and there are plans for Goede to make it back to Athens later this fall.
"I'll definitely be back for a game or two this fall." Goede said.
On film, Goede is a dominant run blocker from the tight end position. He has a large wingspan and gets his hands on the defender early in the block to create leverage. He finishes blocks well, and created big running holes all season.
As a receiver, Goede shows great hands and the ability to make big catches down the field. He uses his body well to create separation, and he's tough to bring down once he's got the ball. The former quarterback is still getting used to the position, but he has all the tools needed to be an impact-full tight end at the collegiate level. He still has plenty of time to learn the mechanics and improve his route running, but he certainly has the size coaches look for and catches the ball with ease. He will be a major red-zone target this upcoming season, and he should be the same way in college.
Keep a close on on Goede the next few years as he should be a national prospect in the 2019 class.