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Former FSU TE Tre McKitty Transferring to Georgia: What It Means

January 12, 2020

After landing former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman late last week, Kirby Smart and his staff welcome another offensive weapon in former FSU tight end Tre McKitty ‍. 

The 6-foot-5 245-pounder out of IMG Academy (FL) caught 23 passes for 241 yards in 12 games last fall for the Seminoles. As a sophomore in 2018, McKitty caught 26 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. 

After playing for three terrible FSU teams, the former three-star prospect took to the transfer portal to find a new home. With the Bulldogs needing another tight end, this appears to be an ideal situation for both parties. 

So what will McKitty bring to Athens?

Experience and reliable hands.

McKitty has proven he can be an asset in the passing game. He’s been used a lot in the screen game for Florida State and has decent speed for a guy his size. He catches the ball well, he pushes the pile forward and has the ability to create yards after the catch.

The route he’s mastered is the short curl route. He’s great in mid-to-short yardage situations where he can run a 5 or 10 yards curl route. He does a good job of knowing where the first down marker is and puts himself in a position to get that first down more often than not. He does a nice job of finding a hold in zone coverage and bursts up the field once he’s made the catch. 

He’ll also bring some athleticism to the position. He’ll be one of the more versatile and more athletic tight ends on the roster now. He’s not a game-changing tight end, but he’s a guy who does his job and will help open things up in the middle of the field in the passing game. 

If you play tight end at Georgia, you better know how to block. McKitty is a weapon catching the football, but has showed he’s a reliable blocker as well. He can handle linebackers at the next level and could see lots of playing time in Athens when the Bulldogs run two tight-end sets. 

The Bulldogs signed 5-star Darnell Washington‍ in December and wanted to bring in another tight end with him. Both will bring versatility to the position and are proven pass-catchers in the passing game.

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