Family ties can be applied to three of those programs. Nauta was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Lions on July 30, 2020,[8] and he was activated from the list four days later. They are on the record that they do not plan to move regardless of where Isaac goes to school. UGA is a registered trademark of the University of Georgia. Isaac’s perspective to me about Georgia was ‘Dad, I would’ve liked to hear Coach Richt talk more about building men and also winning championships.’ That was the view he shared with me.”. “The one thing I would never do is take the Lord’s name in vain,” he said. Even so, Nauta, the nation's No. Early life and high school. Isaac is extremely interested in working with new UGA offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and his two tight end scheme. April 24, 2019 11:30 am. Isaac will also not take away his freshman year of high school. 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. “They want to date my younger brother,” Elle Nauta said. 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta is motivated to succeed to take care of his family. But when he prays, he asks for forgiveness about that. “But I hadn’t followed the Bulldogs enough to really understand that. “The biggest thing for me with everything that has happened is there is a reason for everything,” Isaac Nauta said. 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. Smith collapsed later that day while doing preseason conditioning for the basketball team. Follow him on Twitter @SteelDad and follow the site @SCBlitz. It was a blessed life right up until Isaac was eight years old. He’s got some athleticism and the body type you want in a tight end who can do a little of everything. She went to pick him up and her four-year-old son was off in the corner away from the pack of silliness. Isaac prayed back then for God to use his life as an example for others. “I have always had a good vibe from the first time I visited Georgia,” Lisa Nauta said. 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. Marc Uhlmann is a Co-Owner of and Writer for The two private planes. It definitely helped. Jay Nauta said Auburn, Oklahoma State and TCU have said they will create positions for his son to earn immediate playing time. “It wasn’t crazy wacky like some of the stadiums with that over-the-top music. Isaac has already proved that to me several times.”. His blocking is ‘good’ but it can be better. The UGA depth chart stacks up well for him to play right away, but there’s something even more vital to the school’s chances. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Isaac Nauta to the active roster from the practice squad and signed tackle Dan Skipper to the practice squad. The fact that Jesse James is no guarantee to return to the Steelers means that tight end is a necessity. We do everything unto the Lord to the best of our ability. He could not be reached for comment about the trip, but his mother shared a very direct opinion about how it went. Are we going to be homeless tomorrow? As a result, Nauta was able to get a feel for what life without his immediate support system was like at the boarding school, which routinely puts out and develops blue-chip football players. Elle has seen a completely different “homesick” and “vulnerable” side of her brother since he’s been away. Right now I see a guy who will likely be a nice number two tight end or a guy that can fill in when a number one is down for a game or two. [9] He was waived on September 5, 2020, and signed to the practice squad the next day. I have the prayer journals. Isaac Nauta's father thanks DawgNation on Twitter for years of support. Lisa was a 5-star parent. That’s because of the best investment his mother ever made. “Those weren’t great times for me and my family, but there’s always somebody who has had it worse. Injuries have a lot to do with that. Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was to that point. His roommate Jack Wegher has the distinction of being the only three-year player in IMG Academy football history. Those chronicle prayers to “shrink his stomach” and “not be lazy.” They convey a core desire to never disappoint his parents. “I’ve known about Mark Richt’s reputation and his integrity as a man from what others have told me,” Lisa Nauta said. The fact that he decided to enroll early to get a head start on his college career elevates his chances of seeing the playing field early on. Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The UGA recruiting staff quickly had to have a duplicate made for her son. “He spent a lot of time with Schotty. “I don’t want to make it sound like I’ve gone through the ringer here,” he said. “That’s all the time you have to invest in them to determine what kind of people they will be.”, Elle Nauta explained what they learned: “Work hard and put God first even when people are not watching. Would you like to receive DawgNation news alerts? “We’ve had so many of our questions answered about Georgia that I don’t know what they could do,” she said. “I know that this must be frustrating for you but this will be all over  soon,” Lisa Nauta said. Nauta, who attended Buford for three years, spent his final high school football season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. “He said he didn’t want to hang around those babies anymore.”, The best perspective into what drives Isaac is to review the prayer journals he put together in 2000 along a chapter-by-chapter report on a book called “Do Hard Things.”. He didn’t seem discouraged or let down by that outcome at all.”. 5 DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins makes his college decision. A lot of that will be dictated by fall camp, the way things play out for us. His parents are from Michigan, and there are plenty of Wolverines in the family back home. Don't miss breaking news!Sign up for the DawgNation Newsletter! She threw the ball around and hoped to sow scripture and faith into their lives. The Nauta family sustained itself with a Jacksonville food bank for approximately nine months. He runs decent routes but they have to improve. I know that whatever God’s plan and purpose is for his life he will follow it through. Isn’t that really funny?”. Lisa remembers when Isaac was in preschool. He was selected to the freshman All-America team by ESPN, USA Today, Athlon Sports, Football Writers Association, and Campus Insiders. Wolf moving from Tennessee to Georgia as graduate transfer. His parents took an unofficial visit to Michigan last fall. I know how God spoke to me. BRADENTON, Fla. — Isaac Nauta would not change one day of his 18-year-old life. It wasn’t that at all. .. – 2019 NFL Combine Invitee. Nauta attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior season. “A 70-year-old fan took it upon herself to grab his lanyard as a souvenir. As a man, I felt like Coach Richt really got it when it came to my son.”. He knows another kid might also be going through a time when the dollar menu also means a great deal. Share this article 49 shares share tweet text email link Joe Vitale. Excellent! Former Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta came to Athens as a five-star in the class of 2016. His family feels it was because his mother, Lisa, believed in the power of purposeful prayer. 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. This is a really deep group of tight ends so he might be on the board awhile. Nauta, who initially committed to Florida State early in the recruiting process, came to the realization that he didn't want to be too far away from his family in college. 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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. His hip flexor was bothering him and IMG also lost. [6] He was promoted to the active roster on November 23, 2019.[7]. But that’s okay. “He told me he didn’t want to go back,” Lisa Nauta said. 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. That’s when that bank balance took a devastating hit. How does his closely-knit family feel about UGA? “Great guy. That’s when three people he knew died. 5 DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins makes his college decision. His uncle Joel Smeenge played for 11 seasons in the NFL and lives near TCU. “My brother Joel has a lot of good things to say about TCU,” Lisa Nauta said. I had my pads and my helmet and I’m sitting on the back of his motorcycle.”. When his family moved to Florida for a new venture, they were building a multi-million dollar home. 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. I’m profiling him here. “Isaac is the most humble kid I’ve ever met at IMG,” Wegher said. Isaac Nauta characterized his family upbringing as “very well to do,” for much of his childhood. Isaac will likely sign with UGA, Michigan, TCU or Southern Cal. High school career. [12] He was promoted to the active roster on October 31. “I would feel at home at TCU because of my uncle Joel and his family.”. Games Watched: vs Texas (2019), vs Alabama (SEC Title Game 2018), vs LSU (2018), vs Florida (2018), Credits:,, DawgNation. "A lot of people don't realize it is tough being away from what's normal," Nauta said. He’s my younger brother, but I’m not ashamed to say I want to marry a man with the same character and values as Isaac.”. The UGA recruiting staff quickly had to have a duplicate made for her son. 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. University of Georgia – Prep Star at IMG Academy. His immediate family lives less than an hour away from UGA in Dacula.

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