Friday, February 14, 2014
Q&A: Georgia TE signee Jeb Blazevich
By Greg Ostendorf
The snowstorm that slammed the Southeast this week has kept ESPN 300 tight end and Georgia signee Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) cooped up the past couple of days. We thought it’d be a good time to catch up with him and see what life’s been like since he signed his letter of intent with the Bulldogs last Wednesday.
First, how are you surviving with all that snow?
Jeb Blazevich, left, says Georgia's new class can all play with a chip of their shoulders.
Jeb Blazevich: It’s been pretty crazy here. We got like two feet of snow, and I haven’t seen this much since I was a little kid. The way school works is we already had Friday and (next) Monday off for winter break, so come Tuesday afternoon we were like, ‘Hey, we have a chance to make it through the entire weekend.’ It’s pretty chill, but at the same time, you can’t really leave or go too many places.
I know you committed back in April, but what’s life been like since you signed?
Blazevich: Like you said, it’s been the same. It’s just sort of the next step of being comfortable with a school and having that reassurance. Once I committed, I knew I was good to go, but once I actually signed, I was like ‘wow, this is official.’ Now it’s time to start getting prepped.
Blazevich: Yeah, I’ve seen that. That’s absolutely crazy. I retweeted one of them about his family business and all that.
What’s your take on all that?
Blazevich: Of course, you feel bad for him. If I were him, I’d be really mad, sort of frustrated and not know what to do because if he committed to Auburn, all these people would love him and he’d be getting everything free from all these restaurants. He goes to another school, and they’re just treating him awful. No person should have to go through that. But looking at it from an outside perspective as someone who’s not really involved with it, it’s actually kind of cool because it shows you how important football is down there. If he can, I would try to keep that perspective -- ‘I’m part of something really big, and this just shows it.’
When you committed, did you receive any backlash like that from fans?
Blazevich: I can’t say that I did. There was a lot of people on Twitter or what not, but I don’t really count those. That’s their opinion. There was a lot of stuff like, ‘Why didn’t we get Herschel’s [Walker] nephew? This kid sucks.’ To me, it was no big deal. It’s just an opinion. As far as people in town, nothing that furious. Some people would say, ‘Hey, you should’ve gone here or you should’ve gone there,’ but nothing where they wished ill-will towards me.
Getting back to Georgia, how do you feel about your class that just signed?
Blazevich: I love the guys I’m going in there with. I feel like all of them can compete. We all play with that chip on our shoulders. A lot of people will say we don’t have a highly ranked recruiting class, but I say that’s better. Most of the guys in the NFL are three-star, two-star and even unranked guys. I think it gives everybody something to keep working towards and fortifies the fact that we’re going to get in there and work and prove people wrong.
It seems like UGA is hiring a new coach every day. Have you met any of the new staff?
Blazevich: I haven’t yet. Luckily for me, they’ve all been on the defensive side. As long as Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach [John] Lilly are still there, I think I’m good to go.
With the new staff, your class coming in, what are your goals for your first year?
Blazevich: My goal personally is to go in, learn as much as I can, as soon as I can and try to get prepped for game time. I’m willing to do whatever they want me to do. If that’s redshirt to get better, that is what it is. But it’s a lot easier to expect to play and get redshirted than expect to be redshirted and then have to play. I’m just trying to learn from the guys above me, work with the guys next to me and become a better all-around person through it.