The nation’s top-ranked tight end has named his final three schools.
IMG Academy 5-star prospect Isaac Nauta has UGA and Alabama in his final group, along with Michigan. He tweeted out his Top 3 schools as planned on Sunday, but left Florida and Ole Miss out of his final group.
Alabama picked up its recruiting of the Georgia native essentially in late July after he de-committed from Florida State. Nauta chose the Crimson Tide as one of his five official visits back during the season.
For Georgia, the news is another sign the transition from Mark Richt-to-Kirby Smart has not cost the program with an elite 5-star recruit. Nauta plans to enroll early and will make his final decision public at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on Jan. 9.
The 247composite ranking lists Nauta as the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect for 2016.
Nauta has told DawgNation.com in the past that Richt had been as involved in his recruiting this season as any head coach. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder transferred to Florida’s IMG Academy for his senior season.
He was committed to Florida State from last December to the end of July but was not satisfied with that destination. He has never publicly declared a leader, but the insider’s view is UGA has always been in his top group. He told DawgNation.com that UGA was his No. 2 school back when he de-committed from FSU back on July 29.
Alabama made the final cut out of a group of leaders that included Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, which he took official visits to. There was also late interest from Richt after he got the Miami job. Nauta also told DawgNation.com that Florida was also in the running earlier this month.
— ICE ❄️❄️❄️❄️ (@inauta18) December 20, 2015
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Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.