She estimated at least “a dozen” fans acknowledged Nauta by his last name and even gave the group a thumbs-up as they walked by. ATHENS -- Isaac Nauta learned what it was like to spend a considerable amount of time away from his family for the first time.

He has moved eight times in the last nine years but spoke openly about those days because they represent an answered prayer. If you haven’t registered, please go to the Forum homepage on DawgNation and look for “register” on the right side. His father Jay was once a successful financial planner who provided his family a beautiful home, new cars and even two private planes. “Those weren’t great times for me and my family, but there’s always somebody who has had it worse. The Nautas love the state of Georgia and feel it is a beautiful place to live. “To sum it up, that was a game-changer,” Jay Nauta said. “Isaac is the most humble kid I’ve ever met at IMG,” Wegher said.

“I believe you have until your children are five years old to shape their character,” Lisa Nauta said.

This site is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the University of Georgia. Are we going to have anything to eat?”. Excellent! Family ties can be applied to three of those programs. “To see the way those men interacted around their wives was another sign to me that there are good people coaching in Athens,” she said. Early life and high school. That decision to pack his bags and move southward also helped him discover how important it was for him to spend the next three-to-five years near his hometown. “Because I like coach (Mark) Richt and (tight ends) coach John Lilly so well.

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His parents and his older sister will let it be his choice. Even Jacob Eason.”. During his senior season Nauta played in eight games, catching 13 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. His motivations in football come down to two things: 1) He loves the competition and physical play and 2) He wants to play pro football in four years so he can build his parents a new dream home.

Considered a five-star recruit by all major recruiting services, he was rated as the best tight end prospect of his class. Isaac even encouraged his parents during those times.

I know how God spoke to me. He had perhaps the worst game of his life last Saturday.

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His family feels it was because his mother, Lisa, believed in the power of purposeful prayer. His roommate Jack Wegher has the distinction of being the only three-year player in IMG Academy football history. "I was missing things like my car, stuff like that. When things go bad, that’s when you find out who you are and what your family is about. Lisa can honestly say her son has been disciplined less than five times in his life. Isaac Nauta (born May 21, 1997) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Smith collapsed later that day while doing preseason conditioning for the basketball team. ", Having lived 600 miles away from home at IMG Academy, Nauta said it helped him learn how to deal with being on his own for the first time. Isaac Nauta #18 The question I have is can he make the next step in terms of improving his overall game enough to become a number one tight end? “It was a total faith thing. Former Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta practices drills during Pro Day in Athens, Georgia. //
Living here and loving Georgia and wanting to continue to make this our home I think that (his father) Jay and I and our daughter always want to live in the South now no matter where Isaac ends up. The 5-star prospect is getting a private school education in South Florida’s IMG Academy at a price tag of at least $76,000 per year. SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Two Weeks... Steelers, Media Clearly Aren’t on the Same... Why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Best Franchise in NFL History, Steelers History: From the Oilers to the Titans, From Humble Beginnings to Champions-How the Steelers Were Made, SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Tackles for Loss” Edition. SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “After Further,... Steelers are All-In on Rudolph Whether You... SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Replay Theory”... SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “A Possible... Four Predictions for the Steelers’ 2016 Draft. Nauta is an ace blocker, his ability to dictate at the LOS is tremendous and will afford him ample looks early on in his NFL career. Share this article 49 shares share tweet text email link Joe Vitale. of UGA’s top remaining recruiting targets, a private school education in South Florida’s IMG Academy at a price tag of at least $76,000 per year, will likely sign with UGA, Michigan, TCU or Southern Cal, UGA depth chart stacks up well for him to play right away, had perhaps the worst game of his life last Saturday, Georgia football freshmen report: Georgia 14, Kentucky 3, BREAKING: 5-star junior ATH Deyon Bouie has made his college decision, Georgia football: What Mark Stoops and Kentucky said after a 14-3 loss, Georgia football SEC Week 6 roundup: Dan Mullen wore a Darth Vader mask to his press conference, BREAKING: Nation’s No. Another friend’s brother also passed away playing basketball.

He lives near the TCU campus. He could not be reached for comment about the trip, but his mother shared a very direct opinion about how it went.

Obviously, that all fades away and is a part of the maturing process. Nauta, a 6-foot-4, 237-pound tight end, showed a tremendous ability to spring plays as a blocker and to come up with some big catches as a receiving option during his high school career. "A lot of people don't realize it is tough being away from what's normal," Nauta said. We lost all of our cars. The Nautas even learned that a 70-year-old UGA fan somehow noticed his lanyard and official visitor name badge on a table and took it as a souvenir. Elle has always called him “Dudey” and then “Dude.”, “That’s because he was always a little dude even when he was little,” she said. “Georgia feels like family and it feels to me like it is very conservative so it feels very familiar,” Lisa Nauta said. Isaac Nauta, the nation's No. If you haven’t registered, please go to the Forum homepage on DawgNation and look for “register” on the right side. This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 06:46. Isaac Nauta's father thanks DawgNation on Twitter for years of support. Latest on TE Isaac Nauta including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on Isaac and his older sister Elle are extremely well-rounded for their age. Isaac will likely sign with UGA, Michigan, TCU or Southern Cal. Throughout the recruiting process, Nauta connected with quarterback Jacob Eason, who certainly helped Georgia land the five-star tight end. “He told me that it did not. But then Isaac and (UGA tight end) Jeb Blazevich are probably closer than he is to any other player at Georgia or who is even going to go there. “I think we’re at the point now that any questions could be answered with a phone call.

“I asked Isaac about the loss after the game and if the way that went affected his feelings about Georgia,” she said. This will still be our home. That’s what I think about more than anything. Lisa Nauta told the AJC’s that the 38-10 loss to Alabama created a question in her mind. In his senior year he was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and USA Today All-USA First-team.

“I have always had a good vibe from the first time I visited Georgia,” Lisa Nauta said. That’s because of the best investment his mother ever made. Isaac Nauta characterized his family upbringing as “very well to do,” for much of his childhood.

“A 70-year-old fan took it upon herself to grab his lanyard as a souvenir. His effort is there but I can see it being better. November 24, 2019 GMT.

Isaac engages in smack talk like any other player, but just the sort that Tim Tebow would approve of. That’s when that bank balance took a devastating hit.

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The child of Foreign Service officers, Fulgham spent most of his childhood abroad before his parents settled in Ashburn, Virginia and attended Massanutten Military Academy before transferring to Broad Run High School.Fulgham only played two years of high school football.. College career. Down to earth. He’s got some athleticism and the body type you want in a tight end who can do a little of everything. Nauta was a part of three state championship teams at Buford and his new team was rated No. “The one thing I would never do is take the Lord’s name in vain,” he said. Connect to local news for just $4.99 a month for 12 months. Isaac will also not take away his freshman year of high school. She said the family was pleased to spend some time with first-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Elle has seen a completely different “homesick” and “vulnerable” side of her brother since he’s been away.

She did every bit of that and then some.

But he certainly longed for his family, which he couldn't see whenever he had the free time to do so.

The 5-star tight end flew in from Florida on Saturday and toured the campus with his father, mother and sister.

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