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2025 Class Breakdown: UGA Football Stacking More Elite Tight Ends

February 12, 2024
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ATHENS - With Kirby Smart and Todd Hartley on board, you can expect UGA football to have a stacked tight end room for the foreseeable future.

Nobody is recruiting, developing, and sending tight ends to the NFL better than Georgia’s young tight ends coach. Even with Brock Bowers gone, the Bulldogs, led by Oscar Delp and new Stanford transfer Benjamin Yurosek, will have one of the best tight end rooms in the country next fall.

But what does the future look like?

Hartley signed two more talented tight ends in the 2024 class, and he already has two of the nation’s best committed in the 2025 class.

Of course, that would be 5-star Elyiss Williams‍ and 4-star Ethan Barbour‍.

Williams, a big, athletic, multi-sport star from Camden County (GA) is coming off a fantastic junior season where he caught 25 passes for 530 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s a nightmare to cover for linebackers and too big for defensive backs to handle down the field.

The 6-foot-7 235-pounder is currently ranked as the No. 1 TE prospect and the No.17 overall prospect in the country for the 2025 class.

 



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Then there’s Barbour. This pass-catching machine out of Alpharetta (GA) plays the position like a receiver. He might be slightly undersized at 6-foot-3 225-pounds, but his ability to make plays in the passing game is why he’s one of the nation’s top tight end prospects. He’s a weapon who is always looking to score, and he showed his dominance last fall as a junior. Barbour caught an impressive 49 passes for 966 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has game-changing ability and could make an early impact when he gets to Athens.

 

With two of the best tight ends already committed in the 2025 class, you'd think Hartley would be done recruiting that class. But as we all know, recruiting never stops, and things can always change.

Some sources believe that while Barbour is 100% committed, Williams still has eyes on other schools. Georgia will have to hold onto his commitment for the next 10 months, but if the 5-star decides to open things up, Hartley needs a backup plan.

That’s why Georgia fans need to keep an eye on Marshall Pritchett. A 6-foot-3 210-pounder receiver out of Rabun Gap (GA), Pritchett recently spent some time in Athens and broke down his visit with Dawg Post.

“What stood out the most to me was the perfection of the program”, Pritchett said. “Everything they do is all about perfection. It’s the reason they have so much success. Their program is run to a level that not many other schools can compete with. Coach Bobo’s offense also favors tight ends which is also something that attracts me to Georgia. I’m excited to continue building a relationship with the staff for sure! Georgia has a lot to offer in every aspect of football!”

As a junior last fall, Pritchett caught 44 passes for 621 yards and four touchdowns. He's ranked as the No. 20 TE prospect and the No. 34 prospect in Georgia for the 2025 class.

 

 
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