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BREAKING: 4-star TE Jaden Reddell Commits To Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs

May 24, 2023

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ATHENS - No 5-star TE Landen Thomas? No problem for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs.

When Thomas flipped from Georgia to Florida State back in the spring, you knew Todd Hartley had a plan in place. That plan was four-star Jaden Reddell‍, one of the top pass-catching tight ends across the country for the 2024 class.

Of course, one big reason why Redell committed was because of 5-star QB Dylan Raiola, who is bringing in some elite talent with him to Athens.

The 6-foot-4 235-pounder out of Raymore-Peculiar (MO) chose the Bulldogs over Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, among others. He’s a promising pass-catcher at tight end with an excellent frame, and he brings an skillset that is exactly what Hartley is looking for in his next tight end.

Redell still has his official visit to Georgia scheduled for mid-June, but after a big unofficial visit to Athens this past weekend, Reddell knew where he wanted to be, and decided to pull the trigger with a commitment to Todd Hartley and the Bulldogs.

It’s a great decision as Hartley just had one of his tight ends drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. Former 5-star Darnell Washington was seleected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2023 Draft, and current Bulldog tight end Brock Bowers is expected to be a 1st-round selection next year.

With Washington on the roster, the Steelers now have +2000 odds to be the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC Playoffs next season according to FanDuel.

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What will Reddell bring to Athens?

Size, ball skills, and plenty of potential.

A big target in the passing game, Reddell runs like a deer after the catch and can be tough to bring down by just one defender. He picks up yards in a hurry and knows how to pick up big yards if hit in stride down the field. He runs extremely well for his size and can bring down a tough catch in traffic. 

Reddell was used as a bigger wide receiver in high school, so he’ll have to keep adding muscle and work on his blocking technique if he wants to see the field early in Athens. He has plenty of time to work on that aspect of his game, but his ability to catch passes down the field is why he’s one of the nation’s best in the 2024 class. A natural athlete, Reddell still has a lot to work on, and that’s a good thing for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs. His raw talent has got him pretty far, but his best football is still way ahead of him.

The playmaking pass-catcher showed he’s a dependable option on third down due to his strong, reliable hands, while proving to be a major weapon in the red-zone as well. He wins jump-balls on a consistent basis and has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders in Missouri.

As a junior last season, Reddell caught 49 passes for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Reddell is ranked in the 247 Composite Rankings as the No. 4 TE prospect, the No. 3 prospect in Missouri, and the No. 63 overall prospect in the country for the 2024 class.

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