Ben Bresnahan showcased his skills at last weekend’s Kirby Smart Camp and now awaits an important phone call.
The three-star tight end out of West Forsyth has offers from 17 programs, including Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Each program has presented a convincing pitch to Bresnahan. But the lifelong Georgia fan hopes to soon receive a scholarship offer from Smart and tight ends coach Shane Beamer.
“I'm hoping once Coach Smart watches my film from camp the other day they'll offer,” Bresnahan said. “Because both the tight ends coach and offensive coordinator (Jim Chaney), they wanted to offer but have to wait for Coach Smart to make the final decision.”
Georgia is looking to land two tight ends for the 2018 class. The Bulldogs have placed a focus on Marist’s John FitzPatrick, John’s Creek’s Tommy Tremble and Gulf Coast’s (Fla.) George Takacs.
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Bresnahan is hoping to conclude his recruiting process in the coming weeks with hopes that he can become a contender to fill one of the two vacancies.
“It would mean a whole lot,” Bresnahan said. “They would definitely be in my list of my top schools and sometime this week I believe I'll hear about a decision.”
During his most recent visit to Athens, Bresnahan was singled out in a group of many participants.
Beamer is tasked with coaching a nationally-renowned young tight end in Isaac Nauta, and Bresnahan believes the latest gesture by the second-year Georgia coach symbolizes his style.
“I just really like how Coach Beamer coaches,” Bresnahan said. “He worked with me off to the side of camp for 30 minutes and was really helpful just in that amount of time. I think they are using the tight ends in a way where they receive a lot more but are still able to block a good bit which is how I want to be used.”
Georgia is far from the only option for Bresnahan as he has been greatly pursued by a number of Power 5 programs. A trip to Knoxville, Tennessee is slated for the 6-foot-4 tight end on June 7, and a visit to Duke will follow on June 11. Bresnahan also plans to take trips to Vanderbilt and Ohio State, although those dates are not yet determined.
The Southeast has become the biggest target area for Bresnahan, with Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest pursuing the North Georgia native the hardest. But it’s not a sure thing that Bresnahan remains in the area as factors will come into play during his decision.
“I'm fine with going to a school that is further away if it has the academics that I want and a great coaching staff,” Bresnahan said.
Bresnahan served as one of West Forsyth’s leading offensive assets during his junior campaign, with 764 total yards and seven touchdowns. Despite having one more season remaining at the high school level, the nationally-regarded tight end has an idea of how his talents can translate to college
“I'll bring what the tight end position is starting to turn into,” Bresnahan said. “Which is more receiving type who is athletic, but still big enough to come in a block defensive ends and linebackers.”
Tremble impressed by camp visit to Georgia
A Georgia legacy received a bit of assurance in his interest of the program after taking another visit for the Kirby Smart Camp.
Tommy Tremble, the son of former Georgia defensive back Greg Tremble, received a scholarship offer from the program on April 8 and was brought to tears. After being cited as one of the top performers at Georgia’s recent showcase event, the Bulldogs remain “really high” on his list.
“It was awesome and I felt like I balled out for the coaches,” Tremble said. “I showed them why they should want me and I loved getting closer with the coaching staff as well.”
Tremble plans to commit around August, the beginning of his senior campaign at John’s Creek. Throughout the summer, the three-star tight end plans to visit Notre Dame, Tennessee and Alabama.
The in-state product has a total of 22 offers. Thus, how can Georgia stave off the pursuit of other rivaling programs and land Tremble?
“They’d have to pretty much show me as much love as they did last Friday for the rest of my recruitment,” he said. “The entire coaching staff showed it to me, and it was just about how they were being genuine with the approach.”