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Colton Heinrich: The things you really need to know about Georgia’s latest 2024 commitment

SystemSystem Posts: 10,732 admin
edited May 2023 in Article commenting
imageColton Heinrich: The things you really need to know about Georgia’s latest 2024 commitment

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) 3-star TE Colton Heinrich. He ranks as the nation’s No. 31 TE and the No. 633 overall prospect for 2024 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. The On3 Industry Ranking has him as the No. 36 TE and the No. 691 overall prospect.

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    UGADawg93UGADawg93 Posts: 5 ✭ Freshman

    Seems like an awesome young man. The stars rating has been weird in this case. Obviously all the big programs wanted him, so why only 3?

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    JeffSentellJeffSentell Posts: 8,603 admin

    Stars will sort themselves out. Look for him to get his fourth star.

    When a young man has 35 offers and has Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State among his finalists for offiical visits, then this is one of the top players at his position nationally.

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    DawggieDawggie Posts: 77 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Great kid. Great story. Great writing


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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited May 2023


    Same reason why Anthony Richardson was originally a 3 star. You know, the same who put on a historic performance at the NFL combine and was the #4 pick in the draft. The recruiting rankings game is mostly based on whoever is starting at the football factories that produce P5 prospects year after year and who puts up record-breaking stats. If you are a consensus P5 prospect - with multiple P5 offers and such - but go to a "regular" high school and have good or even very good but not "single season/career state record" stats then you start off with a 3 star by default. You can then use camp and all-star game performances to raise your stock, plus the recruiting services may look at your tape again after you commit.

    A lot of people talk about the infamous "Alabama bump" and so forth where 3 star prospects at the blue blood schools are often reclassified as 4 star guys, while the opposite often happens at lesser schools (their 4 star kids often lose a star). A kid that commits to a high profile program is far more likely to get invited to a camp or an all-star game, and indeed the coaching staff or the athletics department may even put in a couple of calls to make it happen. The services are also going to prioritize giving the tape of 3 star prospects who sign with UGA or Ohio State a second look. But the likes of Kentucky, Wake Forest, Purdue, Utah etc. doesn't have the clout to get their recruits added to a camp or all-star game, and a 3 star kid signing with them doesn't cause the recruiting services to take another look at the tape because those programs sign mostly 3 star guys anyway: it is "supposed to happen."

    So yeah, a 230 lb TE - not a 6'6" 255 lb guy that would make you go "wow" from a measurables standpoint - who merely puts up "all-state" numbers in Florida private high school ball? Going to be just a number to the recruiting services unless something happens to have them take a closer look. Signing with UGA qualifies as "something happens." I mentioned Richardson but let me give an even better example: Pat Mahomes II. One of the strongest arms ever. Very good mobility for a pocket passer. Average height, above average accuracy. The son of a former Major League Baseball pitcher (42-39 with the Twins, Red Sox, Cubs, Mets, Pirates and Rangers). Yet he got tagged with a 3 star rating because he didn't play for one of the big time Texas football high schools. Couldn't shake it even after he personally sent tapes of his high school games and his workouts to colleges and recruiting services. When he went to Texas Tech - his only P5 offer - they couldn't get him into any of the high profile events, and the "let's take another look at this kid's tape" didn't occur because he was just another of the 3 star kids that Tech mostly signs. Evidence: Rivals classified him as a dual threat QB instead of a pro-style one. 4600 yards and 50 TDs passing his senior year and he's a dual threat. Clearly they never saw him play and may have even thought that Texas Tech intended to move him to WR.

    Parents do all sorts of maneuvering - even moving from one state to another - to get their kids into these sports factory high schools for a reason. It really does give the kids a big leg up in recruiting.

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    GtheGreekGtheGreek Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I am extremely pleased the "Star Gazing Astronomers" who grade HS athletes completely missed The Colton Comet and I am forever thankful that Kirby & Company keep their focus on REALITY! Like I've said before, physical attributes and HS accomplishments are only part of the score.....It's the players Heart, Soul and Mentality that determine success at the Elite Level. Mr. Heinrich is so much more than a 5Star and I continue to tip my hat to Kirby Smart and Coach Hartley and for that matter all of our Coaches for their ability to see past the glitter of stars and astutely discern real talent and potential......BTW, what ever happened to all those stars at TAM, & Bama last year???

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