|Hometown:||Stone Mountain, Ga.|
• Dean's, Spring 2017
• Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Spring 2016
AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-year letterwinner at tight end with 26 career receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns ... playing time as a freshman ... After a gray shirt, he enrolled in January 2015 and earned playing time as a true freshman.
2016: Fifth on the team with 21 receptions for 329 yards. Tied for second with three touchdowns ... Caught his first career touchdown at Air Force on a 22-yard receptions from Conner Manning ... Had three catches for 77 yards including a 41-yard reception vs. Texas State ... Career-high four receptions for 60 yards vs. Troy with a 14-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter ... Career-long 46-yard reception vs. ULM ... Hauled in a 26-yard pass just shy of the goal line to set up a touchdown vs. Georgia Southern ... Finished the season with four catches for 76 yards vs. Idaho, highlighted by an 11-yard touchdown.
2015: Played on special teams all season and began to see more action at tight end in the second half of the season ... Averaged 16.8 yards on five receptions (84 yards) ... Saw his first playing time on offense vs. App State and had two catches for 21 yards ... Had three receptions for 63 yards vs. San Jose State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Caught passes of 20 and 29 yards on a first-quarter touchdown drive ... Credited with three special teams tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-area (DeKalb County) tight end by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Coached by Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School ... Helped Stephenson reach the state playoffs.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ari Kaleb Werts ... Born Aug. 7, 1996 ... Son of Larry and Kathy Werts ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.