The news had broke that Tyler Catalina had been offered by Georgia on National Signing Day. It was then time for Kirby Smart, Sam Pittman and staff to make the necessary moves in order to land an accomplished player in a position of need.
Catalina, a transfer from Rhode Island, had previously been committed to Iowa State. However, the opportunity to play for an SEC power was one he couldn’t pass up. His official visit to Athens this past weekend placed the bow on top of a process that would make Catalina a Bulldog.
The offensive lineman at 6’5”, 315 pounds, fills a position of need for Georgia, as offensive linemen Kolton Houston and John Theus have departed. Kirby Smart addressed how important of a pickup this would be for Georgia saying big offensive tackles “don’t grow on trees.” Luckily for Smart, Catalina brings that to Georgia in a last minute snag.
Catalina is expected to be a plugin starter at either left or right tackle. He is the 21st commit for the 2016 class, and may not be the last, as the Georgia faithful still await word from five-star athlete Demetrius Robertson.
My Decision. pic.twitter.com/FJ8M876Ak6
— Tyler Catalina (@Tycat72) February 15, 2016
Just when you thought there is no way the day could get better….. It did!!!#GODAWGS
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) February 15, 2016
So proud of my brother. He took his time to make sure he made the best choice for his future & left no stone unturned, love you bro Go Dawgs
— Tony Catalina (@Tony_Catalina) February 15, 2016