UGA football lost several upperclassmen to the NFL draft, but it gained a few via transfers. One of the new seniors is tight end Tre’ McKitty from Florida State.
With all of the transfers UGA football has brought in this offseason, it’s easy to forget about tight end Tre’ McKitty. But regardless of which new quarterback takes over the starting job, McKitty is player Georgia is going to rely on this season.
McKitty is a graduate transfer from Florida State. He signed with the Seminoles in the 2017 class as a three-star player. He excelled beyond his ranking by catching 50 passes for 520 yards in three seasons in Tallahassee. After graduating early, McKitty decided to spend his last season at a new school and chose the Bulldogs.
McKitty gives Georgia some much needed senior leadership at the position. After him, Georgia’s most mature tight end with playing time is redshirt sophomore John Fitzpatrick. The Bulldogs also have redshirt freshman Ryland Goede and true freshman Darnell Washington. Having a senior like McKitty to lead and guide them will help them progress as players much faster.
You would be hard-pressed to find a better tight end after the catch in college football than Tre’ McKitty. He is a super-athlete 6-5 and 245 lbs. McKitty is a load to bring down and will almost always steal an extra yard or two during a tackle. He’s also capable of making defenders miss with a nifty juke. McKitty is a player who knows how to use every bit of his frame to his advantage.
McKitty is solid before and during the catch as well. He’s a good route runner, especially over the middle. McKitty has soft hands and a really good catch radius. If the ball is near him, McKitty is going to make the catch.
Washington, Goede and Fitzpatrick are all the future of the tight end position, but McKitty was brought in for an immediate impact. He will fill a much-needed role in Georgia’s radically redesigned passing game and should quickly become a favorite target for whoever wins the starting quarterback job.